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Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Bible and Wine Drinking

Hi Fresh Manna Readers. This is a special installment of Fresh Manna as I leave for two weeks. I believe it to be one of the best articles I’ve ever read on this subject and submit it to you not only to read, but as an aid to you in helping people through this question that many people have and struggle with. It’s longer than a normal Fresh Manna so print it out and take your time to digest it. It’s rich in truth and perspective. Be blessed! Pastor Tim

I will be in Israel for the next two weeks. I will be back to writing on Tuesday, April 15th. We will be celebrating Israel’s 60th Anniversary as a nation and joining with over 1,000 Christians from around the country in showing or love and solidarity for Israel. I will be praying for you while I am gone and will covet your prayers.

A Christian Perspective on Wine-Drinking
by Norman Geisler

The Bible says several things about the use of wine.

Is Wine Today Like New Testament Wine?

Many wine-drinking Christians today mistakenly assume that what the New Testament meant by wine is identical to wine used today. This, however, is false. In fact today's wine is by biblical definitions "strong drink," and hence is forbidden in the Bible! What the Bible frequently meant by wine was basically purified water.

Stein researched wine-drinking in the ancient world, in Jewish sources, and in the Bible.(7) He pointed out that wine in Homer's day was twenty parts water and one part wine (Odyssey 9.208-9). Pliny referred to wine as eight parts water and one part wine (Natural History 14.6-54). According to Aristophanes, it was stronger: three parts water and two parts wine. Other classical Greek writers spoke of other mixtures: Euenos -- three parts water, one part wine; Hesiod -- three to one, water to wine; Alexis -- four to one: Diocles and Anacreon -- two to one: and Ion -- three to one. The average was about three or four parts of water to one part of wine. Sometimes in the ancient world one part water would be mixed with one part wine; this was considered strong wine. And anyone who drank wine unmixed was looked on as a Scythian, a barbarian. That means the Greeks would say today, "You Americans are barbarians -- drinking straight wine." For example, Athenaeus quoted Mnesitheus of Athens as saying, "in daily intercourse, to those who drink it moderately it gives good cheer; but if you overstep the bounds it brings violence. Mix it half and half and you get madness; unmixed -- bodily collapse."(8) Here is a pagan saying, "Half and half is madness, and unmixed wine brings death."

Stein also observes that "in several instances in the Old Testament a distinction is made between 'wine' and 'strong drink'" (e.g., Lev. 10:8-9). Strong drink is one thing, wine is another thing. The same distinction is made in Deuteronomy 14:26; 29:6; Judges 13:4; and elsewhere. According to the Talmud the "wine" used in the Passover meal was three parts water and one part wine (cf. 2 Macc. 15:39).(9)

It may also be that the wine Jesus miraculously provided at the wedding in Cana (John 2: 1-11) was a similar drink, that is, wine mixed with water. The word oinos ("wine") refers sometimes to fermented grape juice (e.g., Eph. 5:18) and sometimes to fresh, not fully fermented grape juice (e.g., Rev. 19:15). Furthermore, in ancient times not many beverages were safe to drink. Stein indicates that in the ancient world water could be made safe in one of several ways. It could be boiled, but this was tedious and costly. Or it could be filtered, but this was not a safe method. Or some wine could be put in the water to kill the germs -- one part wine with three or four parts water.

Wine today has a much higher level of alcohol than wine in the New Testament. In fact in New Testament times one would need to drink twenty-two glasses of wine in order to consume the large amount of alcohol in two martinis today. Stein humorously notes, "In other words, it is possible to become intoxicated from wine mixed with three parts water, but one's drinking would probably affect the bladder long before the mind."(10)

Though fermented wine was drunk in Bible times and though the Bible approved of wine-drinking, one needs to remember that the alcoholic content was much less than that of wine today. What is used today is not the wine of the New Testament! Therefore Christians ought not drink wine, beer, or other alcoholic beverages for they are actually "strong drink" and are forbidden in Scripture. Even ancient pagans did not drink what some [so-called] "Christians" drink today! Thus it is wrong to argue that since people in Bible times drank wine, Christians today can do the same. Properly speaking, people then drank purified water. New Testament wine was basically a water-purification method. It was not an unsafe liquor; it was a safe liquid. But in America purifying water with wine is unnecessary, and plenty of non-addictive beverages are available.

Drunkenness Is a Sin

Wine in the Bible was not to be used excessively, and one was not to become drunk with the fruit of the vine. In the Old Testament a drunkard was put to death (Deut. 21:20-21). Drunkenness was considered to be such an incorrigible sin that capital punishment was used for it as well as for murder, rape, blasphemy of parents, etc. According to 1 Corinthians 5:11, Christians are to separate themselves from a person who claims to be a Christian but who is a drunkard.

Drunkards "shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6:9-10), nor will homosexuals or other kinds of sinners. Practicing homosexuals and drunkards do not inherit the kingdom of God. Obviously God hates drunkenness. Paul also wrote in Ephesians 5:18, "be not drunk with wine." And drunkenness is listed in Galatians 5:19-21 among "the deeds of the flesh."

Strong Drink Is Deceptive and Sinful

The Bible says much about strong drink. For example, the priests were to avoid strong drink (Lev. 10:8-9). And Solomon wrote, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging:" (Prov. 20:1). God is opposed to someone using strong drink because it brings deception and turbulence into his life. Rulers should not take strong drink, for it distorts their ability to think clearly and to judge clearly. Strong drink is not for kings lest they pervert justice (Prov. 31:4-5). Isaiah wrote, "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink" (Isa. 5:11). This writer had an uncle who was drunk every day before noon his entire adult life. At about age forty he died of liver disease. He experienced the truth of Isaiah 24:9, "strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it." It may seem sweet to begin with, but it will be bitter in the end. It was the false prophet who said, "I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink" (Mic. 2:11). God is opposed to using strong drink as a beverage.(1) The Hebrew word for "strong drink" is shekar. It is used 23 times and refers to an intoxicating drink made from barley, pomegranates, dates, apples, or honey. The more common Old Testament word for "wine" is yayin, used 141 times. The word tirosh on the other hand, occasionally translated "new wine," means the freshly pressed juice of the grape, that is, grape juice that has not yet fully fermented.(2) It is used 38 times (e.g., Gen. 27:28: Joel 2:24: Mic. 6:5).

In addition, drinking results in a slowing of the thinking processes (Prov. 31:4-5; Isa. 28:7; Hos. 4:11); a stupor (Jer. 25:27; 51:39); sickness (Isa. 19:14; 28:7-8; Jer. 48:26); staggering (loss of balance and mental control) (Job 12:25; Isa. 28:7-8; 29:9); arrogance (Hab. 2:5); forgetfulness (Prov. 31:6-7); confusion and delirious dreams (Prov. 23:31, 33); sleepiness (Gen. 9:20-24; 19:33); lack of feeling (Prov. 23:31, 35); bloodshot eyes (Prov. 23:29-30); and poverty (Prov. 23:20-21).

Deciding About Wine-Drinking Today

How should one decide today whether or not to drink alcoholic beverages? Christians should carefully consider the following four questions.

What Are the Facts about Alcohol?

Before a person decides to drink or to continue drinking, he should be fully aware of the following facts about alcoholic beverages and their effects today.(11)

1 An estimated ten million problem drinkers or alcoholics are in the United States adult population.
2. Of adults who drink, 36 percent can be classed as problem drinkers.
3. In addition, an estimated 3.3 million young people ages 14-17 are problem drinkers.
4. Alcohol-related deaths may run as high as 200,000 per year. In two years' time there are as many alcoholic-related deaths as there were in the entire Vietnam War!
5. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism cost the United States about $50 billion in 1975. That figure has risen considerably since then.
6. Between 1966 and 1975 the percent of high school students who said they had been drunk increased from 19 percent to 45 percent.
7. Alcohol is one cause of cancer.
8. Fetal alcohol syndrome is the third greatest cause of birth defects.
9. Evidence exists that social drinking impairs one's social and intellectual capacities. Rather than getting sharper, people who drink get duller.
10. Half of all traffic fatalities and one-third of all traffic injuries are alcohol-related. Whereas a person has the legal right to drink, he does not have the right to endanger the lives of others on the highway by his drinking.
11. A high percentage of child-abusing parents have drinking problems.
12. A relatively high correlation exists between alcohol consumption and robbery, rape, assault, homicide; and more than one-third of suicides involve alcohol.
13. Taxpayers pay $11 to offset each $1 paid in liquor revenue.(12)

II. Will Wine-Drinking Lead Anyone Else to Sin?

Christians are to be concerned not only about their own lives but also about others. Paul wrote in Philippians 2:4, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." And Christians should seriously consider Romans 14:21: "It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth." A believer should ask himself, "Will my drinking cause anyone else to sin? Even if it would not be a problem to me, is it possible that it would cause someone else to stumble?" This writer knows of former alcoholics who have attended church communion services in which fermented wine has been served, and just the taste of a little bit of it drove them back into alcoholism.

III. Can Wine-Drinking Be Done to the Glory of God?

Paul wrote, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor. 10:31). If a Christian cannot be praising God and glorifying Him while he is drinking, then it is not good for him, and it is not glorifying to God.

Several reasons may be offered as to why Christians ought to refrain from wine-drinking. First, people in the United States have plenty of wholesome, non-addictive beverages. The situation today is unlike biblical times when there were not many wholesome beverages. People often did not have good water available; it was often polluted. Travelers today know that in many foreign countries pure drinking water is difficult to obtain. In many foreign places, travelers become sick from drinking the water. This is similar to biblical times.

Thus it is wrong to argue that since people in Bible times drank wine, Christians today can do the same.

Properly speaking, people then drank purified water. New Testament wine was basically a water-purification method. It was not an unsafe liquor; it was a safe liquid. But in America purifying water with wine is unnecessary, and plenty of non-addictive beverages are available.

Second, America is an alcoholic culture, but the New Testament culture was not. Ten million Americans are alcoholics, with more than three million of them teenagers. In New Testament times, there were comparatively few drunks, and alcohol was not a problem in their culture to the extent it is in this nation.

Third, total abstinence is the safer policy. A person cannot abuse drinking if he does not drink. In Christianity Today a few years ago, a writer asked, "How many people would fly if they knew there was a chance of one in ten that the plane would crash?"(13) The chances of airplanes crashing are certainly not that high -- far from it; but if they were, undoubtedly many people would refuse ever to board another plane. And yet the chances of an occasional or moderate drinker becoming an alcoholic are in fact one in ten!

Fourth, total abstinence is the more consistent policy. A few years ago when the drug culture became so dominant and people became so concerned about young people's use of marijuana, heroin, and harder drugs, the government studied the problem of drug abuse. The results chagrined many adults: The number one problem in the United States is alcohol! It is not marijuana, nor heroin, nor LSD, but alcohol -- the "establishment" drug, the adults' drug, the legal drug. This in no way suggests that marijuana or other illegal drugs should be approved. But young people took at adults and say, "hypocrites! You approve of your drug, and it's the biggest one in the country, and you disapprove of our drugs." And therefore it is difficult to win young people from drugs; they see the sheer hypocrisy of many adults.

Since today's society is alcohol-polluted, this writer suggests that Christians take a strong stand against all alcoholic beverages. This writer would like to suggest that Christians, in a Nazarite like vow, should protest the destructive effects of alcoholism and should voluntarily abstain from all alcohol consumption.

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Celebrating Israel's 60th Anniversary

Hi Fresh Manna Readers.

I will be in Israel for the next two weeks. Because of that I will not be adding new Fresh Manna during that time. You can read past archived writings. Just click on Blog Achives. You will find a large number of past Fresh Manna writing you can read from. I will be back to writing on Tuesday, April 15th. This is the first break I have taken from writing in over two years. Thank you for your patience while I’m gone.

We will be celebrating Israel’s 60th Anniversary as a nation and joining with over 1,000 Christians from around the country in showing or love and solidarity for Israel. I will be praying for you while I am gone and will covet your prayers.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Powerful Truth of Easter

Fresh Manna for Easter Weekend 2008© by Pastor Tim Burt

Romans 1:4-5 "And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell all the world everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name."

If you are like most people, you don't like to read or view things about tragedy and suffering. Today I am passing on something that one of my readers passed on to me. It is an account of what happens to the human body during a crucifixion. As hard as it is to read this, you should. It's Easter and we need to put ourselves in remembrance of what our Lord did for us. I would like to make this comment though. The scripture reminds us of how wimpy we get in resisting the ungodly things that the Lord would like us to separate ourselves from. In this day of self-indulgence - the thought of holding ourselves back from sin and ungodly pleasure seems like a ludicrous idea. Jesus' entire life and death was standing against sin and keeping Himself pure so that He could be used of God. His choices of standing pure out of a love for others cost Him a rejected life and a gruesome death.

Jesus left Heaven to come and live as a man in this earth. This earth was His creation – which became fully corrupted by the sin of man. The very man He created did not even recognize Him. The very man He created, rejected Him, tortured Him, lied about Him and put Him to this terrible death. Man’s self-indulgence and self preservation allowed Satan to blind them so that through their spiritual blindness and ignorance they would crucify the Creator of all whom had come to save them from their sins. Upon death, Jesus went into the belly of Hell as the falsely accused so that He might take upon Himself and suffer the punishment that every single human being deserved for their sin. He took our place. He became our substitute. Hell could not hold an innocent and sinless man and had to release Him as His Father then raised Him from the dead. Suddenly, the punishment that you and I deserve had been paid. The Savior had arisen and to those who would believe in what He did for them, they would be saved. This isn't just about a gruesome death. It is about the greatest act of love ever committed - and that by Almighty God Himself. He would save His own creation from the wrong decision of sin. Praise God for His love toward all mankind – toward you and me!

What is crucifixion?

A medical doctor provides this physical description:
The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain- the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. As he pushes himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the bones of his feet. As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, knotting them with deep relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push himself upward to breathe. Air can be drawn into the lungs but not exhaled. He fights to raise himself in order to get even one small breath.

Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream, and the cramps partially subsided. Spasmodically, he is able to push himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen. Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-renting cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from his lacerated back as he moves up and down against rough timber. Then another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart. It is now almost over-the loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level- the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues the tortured lungs are making frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. He can feel the chill of death creeping through his tissues... Finally, he can allow his body to die... All this the Bible records with the simple words, "and they crucified Him" (Mark 15:24).

What wondrous love is this? Many people don't know that pain and suffering our Lord, Jesus Christ went through for us. Because of the brutality, crucifixion was given a sentence to only its worst offenders of the law. Thieves, murderers, and rapists would be the types of those who were crucified. Yet, here Jesus is being crucified between two hardened criminals... What did Jesus do? Did he murder anyone? Did he steal anything? The answer, as we all know, is NO! Jesus did nothing to deserve this type of death, yet he went willing to die, in between two thieves, so that He could take the punishment what we deserved - so that we could be saved from our sins! And so, there, in between the sinners, was our slain savior for our sins. God's love was with great and specific purpose - to rescue all men (who would believe) from the grips of the great liar and deceiver of all mankind - Satan! 1 Tim 2:3-4 says, "... God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." Acts 4:12 says, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." This verse turns the key that opens the prison door of sin and Hell and releases man with then transferring him into the Kingdom of God, the family of God and a life of truth and power in God. Romans 10:10 "For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by acknowledging this truth with your mouth that you are saved."

What can I do to be saved from my sins and have eternal life? Simply and sincerely lift your heart in prayer before the Lord. As you do, sincerely ask the Lord to forgive you of all your sins. Ask Jesus to be your personal Savior and then by faith thank Him for forgiving you and for becoming your Savior. Then take one more step -tell someone that you did. Jesus said, "If you will acknowledge me as your Savior, then I will acknowledge you as mine before My Father." The promise to you is the forgiveness of all your sins and the cleansing from all wrong doing. God also promises a miracle to happen within you. He promises to put His Holy Spirit within you. He does this so that as His new child, He can begin to speak to you, teach you of Himself and lead you in this new life with Him. If you pray this prayer for the first time, be assured this will be the most special Easter you will ever live. Pick up your Bible and read the gospel of Luke and John. It will have new meaning to you. God bless you richly and have a wonderful Easter celebrating His glorious love toward all.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Forgiveness is Not an Option!

Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt

Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."

Today, I was vividly reminded why I need all the gifts of and help from God that I can get. How long has it been since something happened to you that made you mad and upset? We all face conflicts of some kind and they are seldom ever a pleasant experience. We may or many not handle them well at the time. We most often reenact them over and over again in our mind reviewing the replays to find justification in how we handled the encounter. It's as though we have this digital recorder playing the same picture or scene over and over again as we try to think it through.

Jesus knew we would come to those "instant replay" moments. This is why He gave instructions to forgive so many times in a day. We see this in Matthew 18:21-22 "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

It isn't too often that we are going to find ourselves being offended 490 times in one day. Jesus knew that. So why did He say 490 times? Because He knew that we could easily run the same offense over and over in our mind. When the evening comes and it's quiet and there is nothing else going on, that mental digital recorder seems to play an even more vivid picture and it will play all night – 490 times if you let it go on.

We're instructed to just keep forgiving – and so we try. We try to forgive someone in our minds but yet we still sometimes feel that conflict when we get around the person. When we do, what does that mean? It might mean we haven't really forgiven them. Even if we do say we forgive someone, we have to work toward some kind of resolve. We haven't forgiven until the negative feelings are gone. That's serious and shouldn't be treated lightly because the Bible teaches that unforgiveness hinders answer to prayer and puts one's relationship with God on hold in regard to answered prayer until forgiveness has happened.

Unforgiveness leads to bitterness and that left undealt with often leads to sickness and disease and even deception. The deception being that you can go on with life and with God as though everything was okay. Unforgiveness is never okay with God. Fellowship with God is interrupted until forgiveness is given. Mark 11:25-26 says, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."

Mat 5:23-25 says,”Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. "Settle matters quickly…” Why do we have to forgive? The entire reason Jesus came to the earth to die and pay the price for our sins was because He was willing to forgive you and I.

Whenever possible, it is important to make the effort to try and talk with the person whom you are feeling Unforgiveness toward with the focus to work through it. If it’s just a small petty offence, overlook it. Don’t make mountains out of molehills and don’t remember small offenses. Offenses happen accidentally and often. Forgive and forget. Forget that which isn’t important but try to work through those that are. But when something is bugging you, try to talk through it calmly and rationally, discussing with focus only the offense and what you desire as a resolve. Rabbit trails and mountains of past offensives will destroy your efforts and make things worse.

Forgiveness is often an act of faith. It needs to be accompanied by corresponding words and actions. If we forgive others understanding God’s love and willingness to forgive us, it makes our attempts easier. The cool thing is, as we do forgive by faith and then act on it, our emotions will soon follow. Soon we will begin to “feel” the forgiveness that might only start out as an act of faith.

As a married man I can tell you there have been times that Renee and I have both been mad or upset with each other – plenty of times were we didn’t FEEL like forgiving each other. One time we were standing in the front yard having a squabble. She got so mad she took off her wedding ring and threw it at me. It took us three hours on our hands and knees before we found it. During the process, I said to her, “We need to work this out and forgive each other or we will never have God’s help finding this ring.” We stopped, apologized to each other and forgave each other. Why did we? Because God taught us it wasn’t an option and we really wanted to do what He says. Why else did we forgive? Because He has forgiven us so very many times. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Part way through the search we started laughing about how foolish we could be sometimes. A short time later we found the ring.

What about those times when abuse is repeated over and over again and it seems impossible to continue to forgive? We are still required to forgive. We aren’t always required to stay in a situation or relationship. Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” Whether we choose to stay in a relationship or not, forgiveness is not an option. There will be some instances where you will feel the need to put distance or space between each other for healing to happen. If that is what it takes, love from a distance. The rest, forgive and learn to love with God’s love up close.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

When You Over Feeling Overwhelmed!

By Renee Burt

Psalm 61:2 NKJV~ From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Yesterday, I got up at 5:30 a.m. and hit the ground running. I grabbed a cup of coffee and was on my computer working by 5:40 a.m. About two hours later, I stopped long enough to jump in the shower and gulp down some breakfast. Then I headed into work for a 13 hour day. Thankfully, that's not my normal schedule, but once in awhile it's necessary. Now, when it was all over, I came home feeling great about how well that long day had gone. But then I made the mistake of looking ahead to what was on my calendar for today. I instantly felt overwhelmed. I went to bed feeling that way, and I woke up this morning feeling that way. So, I did what the Psalmist David did...I cried out to the Lord...He didn't mind...He knows we'll sometimes be overwhelmed. So it's not about "if"...it's about "when" it happens, what do we do? Cry out to Him and He'll lift us above it all. I've still got the same things on my calendar that I did before I cried out to Him...but He's lifted my heart up. Gotta run now, but I've determined that I'm going to stay in this place (above the cares of life) with Him all day...want to join me?

Psalm 61:2 NKJV~ From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams by Renee Burt

Proverbs 3:24 AMP ~ When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

On Friday night, I babysat my granddaughters overnight. And before I put them to sleep, I prayed the same prayer with them that I used to pray at night with my kids ~ that they would have no bad thoughts and no bad dreams, and that they would have sweet sleep. Well, at 1:30 a.m., I woke up having a terrible nightmare...that someone was trying to break into the house, and I kept trying to call someone on the phone to come help, but I kept pushing the wrong buttons. Have you ever had a dream like that? It woke me up good! After an hour of lying there awake, I finally prayed and asked the Lord to please help me calm down, fall asleep, and get some sweet sleep. In my heart, it was as if I heard Him say, "It's about time you asked!" And He reminded me of today's verse, that isn't just for kids, but for us too! So how have you been sleeping lately? Grab hold of today's verse for yourself every night...and have yourself some sweet dreams!

Proverbs 3:24 AMP ~ When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

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