Power Sourceby Cynthia Jennings on April 14, 2021
As beautiful as lakes are, they are shallow and over years they fill up with earthly matter and mire. The accumulation of the earthly matter and mire eventually causes decaying vegetation at the bottom of the lake, depriving it of valuable oxygen and leads to the lake, plants and fish dying. However, if dredging takes place, this process can be halted and restore the lake bottom to its original condition. Dredging is a process whereby a powerful machine digs or removes earth from the bottom of a river, using a scoop, a series of buckets, a suction pipe, or the like. Once dredging happens the lake and its vegetation will thrive again.
Our lives are much the same. Our lives are beautiful, but over time they fill up with earthly matter and the mire of sin. In order to thrive and experience God’s peace, we need to regularly expose the “mire” of sin in our lives. We too need dredging! But our dredging won’t come from a powerful mechanical machine. Our dredging only comes from the greatest source of power – the dwelling of God’s Word. Knowing, embracing, and applying God’s Word (James 1:22; Philippians 4:9) will reduce the decay of earthly matter and mire that depletes spiritual oxygen. Depletion of spiritual oxygen leads to spiritual death, while dredging through God’s Word leads to spiritual life.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16).”
In this verse “dwell” means to “feel at home.” The Apostle Paul is conveying the idea that God’s Word should be such a natural part of our lives that it comfortably dwells with us and feels at home. God’s word is the “dredge” that’s meant to cut away sin and heal the deepest wounds as it guides, directs, and eliminates darkness (Hebrews 4:12).
We live in an era where all of us have some type of electronic device in our hands on a daily basis. Most of us carry a source of power to make sure the electronic device is ALWAYS charged. We have disciplined ourselves not to leave home without our power source so that we’re always connected.
We must develop that same type of discipline of reading and studying the Bible. The discipline of reading and studying the Bible is the source we need to ALWAYS keep us connected to God’s power. Once connected we will become equipped in understanding the heart of God and lead us to understanding His plan for our lives. When we fail to connect into the Word of God, we become a target for the schemes of the enemy.
As believers we must be intentional in feeding ourselves the Word of God to eliminate the accumulation of earthly matter and mire. Accumulation of earthly matter and mire will eventually cause decaying, thus leading to deprived oxygen, resulting in spiritual death. Being connected to the right power source results in dredging and, ultimately, spiritual thriving!
PEARLStoPONDER: Have you allowed dredging to take place in your life?
2 Peter 1:3-4--3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.