WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main
Getting to know God together.
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).
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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