Friday, 26 May 2017

Knocking down the fire

Recently the fires that roared through the port hills near Christchurch, showed the devastation of forest fires in a large scale over a short time. Lots of resources were thrown at the fires to halt them in their tracks. The fire had to be knocked down with an army of helicopters with large buckets.

Fighting large forest fires is a complicated and expensive process but with strategy and the correct equipment fires are contained and put out. The initial part of attacking a forest fire, usually involves the use of helicopters with buckets as it is too dangerous for fire fighters to attack the fire on the ground.

The picture of helicopters dumping water to put fires out helps illustrate how Jesus deals with sin (bad things) in our lives. Helicopters are vital to put out large fires. Jesus dying on the cross was vital for dealing with the sin in our lives. “If we tell Him our sins, He is faithful and we can depend on Him to forgive us of our sins. He will make our lives clean from all sin” (1 John 1:9).

Fighting forest fires with helicopters and buckets is very expensive but highly effective. In dealing with the sin of the world, Jesus paid a high price for our sins. The strategy of forgiveness that He brought is highly effective for us as individuals and extends to the whole world. “He paid for our sins with His own blood. He did not pay for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).

So are you trying to fight the fires in your life as a ground based fire fighter? Are you willing to allow an effective aerial attack on the sin in your life? Speaking these verses into our lives begins to put this effective strategy into our lives.

Don McLean
Assembly of God

Assembly of God

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