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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Coping or Imploding"

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” --Philippians 4:13

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” --Ephesians 3:20

Coping or Imploading

 


 

At sea level, the human body has 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure pushing on it. When you enter the water, for every 33 feet you descend that pressure is added by another 14.7 psi.  For instance, at 99 feet under water, the air pressure would be 58.8 pounds per square inch pressing on your body.  If your body didn't respond with that much pressure pushing back from the inside, you would implode.  Humans need help descending much further than 150 feet under the sea.  Submarines were developed to help us go to the depths of the sea without imploding.  Yet, when our submersibles are down some 3,000 feet and the lights are turned on, we find that we are not alone.  There are fish and varieties of marine life coping in that environment.  While we need a steel plated submarine that is specifically designed to withstand the crushing pressure at those depths, these fish are swimming freely.  They don't build thick skins; they remain graceful and free.  They compensate for the outside pressure through equal and opposite pressure on the inside.  Christians, like these fish, don't have to be hard and thick-skinned as a submarine, as long as they appropriate God’s power within to equal the pressure without.

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Previous devotions

"Faces to the Coals" - April 8, 2015
"Sowing the Gospel" - April 1, 2015
"Be Watchful" - March 18, 2015
"The Greatness of Service" - March 11, 2015
"You. Can. Pray." - February 25, 2015
"A Godless Christianity" - February 18, 2015
"Waging War on Worry" - February 11, 2015
"Vision" - February 4, 2015
"Strong Confidence" - January 28, 2015
"Revealing Words" - January 21, 2015
"Dark Days" - January 14, 2015
"Sharpen the Ax" - January 7, 2015

"Priceless Gifts" - December 17, 2014
"Authority" - December 10, 2014
"A Prayer of Thanksgiving" - November 19, 2014
"Thoughts on Revival" - November 12, 2014
"Your American Duty" - October 29, 2014
"A Winner" - October 22, 2014
"Passions and Priorities" - October 15, 2014
"Looking for Gold" - October 8, 2014
"The Grass Grows on Your Path" - October 1, 2014
"A Little Hypocrisy" - September 24, 2014
"Keep Singing" - September 17, 2014
"Out of the Darkness" - September 10, 2014
"Treasured Trials" - September 3, 2014
"Smooth Stones" - August 27, 2014
"Call the Foreman" - August 20, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up" - August 13, 2014
"The Glow of the Gospel" - July 9, 2014
"Liberty's Nails of Truth" - July 2, 2014
"A Burden for Today's Youth" - June 18, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing" - June 4, 2014
"Go Ahead and Laugh" - May 21, 2014
"The 8 Watt Pioneer" - May 7, 2014
"The Triumph of the Lamb" - April 23, 2014
"Missing It" - April 16, 2014
"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014





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