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What Current Carries You?

 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.  Acts 20:24

 First of all I want to say that it strikes me funny the ways that God finds to reveal something to my heart. Let me explain….

 This afternoon, when we had all finished dinner, I went out to the deck and jumped in the pool. It’s a small, round, above ground pool that we bought several years ago. It’s only about 4 feet deep but it is a welcome relief after a long and hotAlabamasummer day.

I love to swim, but you can’t really swim straight in a round pool with a diameter of about 16 feet! So the alternative is to just swim in circles along the sides, but this does cause a side affect. After doing that for any length of time, it starts to build a strong current in the direction you’re swimming.

 So I started swimming. Round and round I went in the direction I had chosen until I had built a current up without even noticing. I guess I must have just been lost in thought because I did not realize that I wasn’t even swimming any more! The current that I had created around me while swimming, was now actually carrying me around the pool on the path I had begun. (Do you see where I am going yet? Okay stay with me…)

 When I realized the strength of this growing current I had created, I decided it was time to make a change.  The first thing that you would think to do would be to turn and go the other way, right? So I turned and began to swim in the opposite direction. I tried to swim and push through, but that current was so strong that I was swept back and hit the ladder behind me!  (Did I ever feel silly! It’s only 4 feet deep!)

Okay now to the point on this article, and this is what I mean about the way God chooses to show me things.

 As I sat up on the ladder waiting for the current to die a little and my back to stop hurting from that collision with the ladder, He revealed to my heart that we build currents like this in our lives. Every life functions in a current that we create. As Christians, however, we are to strive in the direction of holiness and Godliness. When we first begin our personal walk with the Lord, our “currents” are very weak but they grow stronger and stronger as we grow in our faith and understanding. Then, just as my current did for me, when we go through times that we are weak and need rest, if our currents are strong enough, that force of faith and spiritual strength will carry us through. If we do not strive and build that strength in our selves, we will never find rest. Our lives will be a constant struggle because we never spent the time to create a substantial “current”.

 On the other hand, the world “swims” towards whatever is pleasing and will satisfy their fleshly wants. This current, however, is built up of sin and the feeding of the flesh. The more sin and evil that you consume, the stronger it grows. The difference is in who we build and create our currents in. As followers of Christ, we build on Our Heavenly Father and allow him to have complete control of our lives. But when we build on sin and our own understanding, when that current grows so fierce and strong, it literally drags us on until we are swept under and consumed.

 We do have a chance to escape this fate though. But even with every ounce of strength that you possess, it is not enough to break past that force that your past created.

Only by accepting the grace that God bestows and the hand which He offers to truly repentant hearts, will you ever be able to be free from the old current and create the new.

 We must ask ourselves… which current carries us? Is your life built on the desires of your flesh? Or is God in control of the direction your swimming?

 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.. Amos 5:24

But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Isaiah 57:20



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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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