Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
I was recently involved in a massive snow removal task at Keswick which became overwhelming as time went on. Many hours of digging out of an insurmountable blowing snow fall seemed like an uphill battle. On day two we seemed to be getting ahead of the endeavor, and I saw a coworker cleaning off his car so I stopped to give him a hand. We decided it would be a good idea to clean off other staff member’s cars who may find it challenging as well. I glanced over at my buddy and saw a shaking of the head and maybe even a tear in his eye. He shared with me the joy he had to “get to” serve others. You see, he remembers a time when he was cleaning the minimum snow off his car to be able to go buy drugs because of how dope sick he was. He said he remembers throwing up as he only had one mission in mind, get high. He then dropped his shovel, hands in the air, and looked up and praised God for his freedom. #GRATEFUL
Our walk through the sanctification process after receiving Christ can be dictated by a view of our circumstances. The different attitudes between optimism and pessimism that we exhibit usually have an impact on our growth. Psalm 107 has become an addict’s creed to a lot of us as we can see a pattern that is very familiar to our past lives. The ups and downs of an unstable walk that can be reversed by simply being grateful.
It’s more than beating an addiction, its being in a place where everything you hear and see is viewed through the eyes of “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” It’s a matter of seeing and hearing opportunity to live out a God ordained precept or to share the hope of salvation with someone who doesn’t know Jesus. To be able to clean snow off of another person’s car, because you can. The Psalmist goes on to record,
Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.
So, I’m wondering, “Do you hear what I hear”?
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Sanctification makes us holy and destroys the breed of sin, the love of sin and carnality. It makes us pure and whiter than snow. Bless His holy name!” – William J. Seymour
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. — Psalm 16:9