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No. 140
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Have you got a puppet at home? I used to have two really beautiful puppets, but I left them somewhere once. I used them at a Sunday School, teaching some children, and forgot to put them in the car. I guess they have been used by other people for lessons anyway. They were very bright puppets, red, yellow and blue, made of fluffy material. They had such long arms and legs that I could pull them right around me. And they had velcro on their hands and feet, so I could make them “hang on” to my neck and waist. I liked opening their mouths and pretending they were speaking instead of me.
My old Dad had puppets. They were Punch and Judy ones, carved out of wood and painted. They were very old, and my Dad used to have a special stage for them. He would go behind a curtain and pull Punch and Judy’s strings.

Lots of puppets work on strings, and they can jump and run around when the puppeteer pulls the strings. They will sit down,  go to sleep or knee down - what ever the one who pulls the strings wants them to do. They have no minds of their own, they are just puppets. Funny old dolls!

Have you ever heard people say, “don’t let him pull your strings!” They mean that you should never be like a puppet, without a mind of your own. How could you be like a puppet? Well, maybe your friends have parents who do not love Jesus. You might go to their house and they ask you to watch a nasty movie on television. Do you have a mind for God, a mind of your own? Or are you like a puppet and give in to them, letting them “pull your strings?” Or perhaps you believe everything God tells you in His Word, unless some teacher or other tells you the Bible makes mistakes and contradicts itself. Do you let them talk you into their way of thinking? Do not let others “pull your strings” but have a mind for God which you control. Your own mind. Don’t be a puppet!

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were just puppets for Satan, who came to them in the form of a snake. He told them it was all right to eat from the one tree God told them not to eat from. They gave into that serpent’s pressure. We all have to choose between right and wrong every day of our lives. People and situations can put pressure on you to disobey God, and choose to do wrong. Pressure is not easy to bear often. But you have God to help you every moment. You can stand on your own two feet and not be a puppet to someone else. It only takes a prayer to get the power of God to make you strong. He loves you and wants to make you good inside like Jesus. Obey God, not other people when they want you to do wrong. Don’t let others “pull your strings!”

“Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. “ (Acts 5:29).

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. “ (Colossians 3:24).

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