November 2009

Hanging On

Story of the day:  Hanging On

Christen had to have four teeth removed yesterday.  As she sat in the chair, I could see the anxiety on her face and her mind thinking about all the things that were going to happen.  As tears began to well up inside, I immediately prayed with her and asked God to give her peace about what was going to happen.

So after a few moments of wondering if she still had to have those teeth removed, the dentist came over, nummed her up with some cotton swobs, and then took out these great big needles that were going to pierce the flesh in her mouth, and numb her entire mouth.  I, with all that I had, remained strong for her, for I knew if my facial expressions relayed any of what I was feeling inside, she would have probably wanted to run out of that room.

There were four teeth, 3 adult teeth, and 1 baby tooth that was missing an adult tooth in it’s stead, that the dentist was going to remove. In just a few minutes, the dentist was able to pull the 3 adult teeth out with hardly any effort.  The baby tooth, however, was clinging on to it’s root for dear life.  The dentist almost had to call the oral surgeon, because as far as the dentist was concerned, that baby tooth wasn’t giving.  Eventually, the baby tooth was cracked and broken from the root, allowing the dentist to get a grip on it and pull it out.  He said, “It’s always those little teeth that have the deepest root and are the hardest to free from the area that it’s gotten accustomed to.”

As I got to thinking about this some more, I began to think about how similar sin is in our life when it isn’t dealt with right away. In the beginning, we might think about it and be a little concerned, but then after a while of it being there, we may forget about it. The sin, no matter how small it is, begins to take root and before you know it, we get comfortable with it being there.  Eventually, we don’t even notice the pain that it may be causing us or feel the need to get rid of it because it is somewhat nice.

Well, no matter how nice or comfortable Christen got with that baby tooth being there, there were some underlying effects, caused by this little tooth that had made itself home in her mouth.  She would get headaches and her jaw would hurt because it was crowding all of the other good teeth in her mouth.  Same is true with sin, it will eventually begin to take over all of the areas in our life, even the good ones, affecting us in different ways.  so much so, that we need Jesus, the Ultimate Dentist, to crack it and break it from the root from which it is embedded within.

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“Jesus is the Ultimate Dentist, able to free you from all of your sin, no matter how big or small it is, you just need to let Him get in there and pull it out.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 6:23 (NKJV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

There is no sin out there that is considered not so bad in Your eyes.  Sin is sin, no matter how big or small it is.  You have said that sin cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and because of Your great love for us, You paid the ultimate price, freeing us from all sin, if we willingly come to know Jesus as our personal Savior.  Father, You pulled out the tooth of sin that has been in my life and have made room for the Holy Spirit to reside, giving me a new life.  Father, I ask that You search my heart and bring to the surface any sin that may be lingering and trying to take root in my life, so that I can confess it to You, and You can pull it out.  Father, I pray for those that don’t know You, that today is the day that they do.  I love You Father, and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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