For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 (NIV) To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:29 (NIV)
Did you know…
When lightning strikes it descends from the cloud, but the part we actually see with our eyes is the charge going back up from the ground to the cloud! So cool, right?!
Did you also know…
Iceland uses the most electricity. They use about 23% more than the U.S. Wow! Can’t judge though, with a name like ICEland who wouldn’t be running the heat a bit high (ALL the time)!
Speaking of the high use of electricity… anyone else feel morbid shame when that neighborhood note comes out revealing your utility usage compared to that of other homes near you?! Good golly!! I’m pretty sure no one else on the block gets the special elongated paper in order to fit their elongated lights and water usage bars on the graph! But hey, in our defense we ARE a family of 8… that has to count for something right?! Somehow this leads me to thinking on Leviticus 24:1-4!
God gives the command to keep the lamp burning in the tabernacle REGULARLY, as in CONTINUALLY, never going out! At first I think… Cool, there will always be light! Then I think, that seems impossible, how in the world… “continually”?! Especially as it relates to life personally… how do we keep the energy, the light within us burning continually?! But then it hit me as I read on… to keep the light in the tabernacle burning continually the people had to regularly bring pure oil to burn in the lamp… pure oil from CRUSHED olives! Goodness gracious that’s the key to keep the light of hope within us always on!! We must continually bring what has CRUSHED us to the only One who trades out mourning for the OIL of joy dear one!! Hallelujah! Isaiah 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Who knew the lightning of hope filled inspiration could strike in Leviticus!! Keep in the Word; a live charge wired straight to the heart dear one!!