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Flying Fish

Flying Fish
A New Species

Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NKJV)

Have you ever witnessed a flying fish?  I have and they are amazing!  A flying fish can move their tail back and forth up to 70 times per second as they deploy their pectoral fins to grab the air.  They can fly at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour and have been known to get as high as 20 feet out of the water and travel distances of up to 1300 feet.   According to the encyclopedia there are actually about 64 species.  

Well, I was told about another species of flying fish recently - a species the encyclopedia people don't know about.  Let me explain.

Recently at a Men's Bible Study we were talking about our Christian witness - how we can allow God's love, grace, and mercy to flow through us onto others.   Our discussion turned to some good applicable ways we can allow the Lord to bless others through us in our daily walk. We then began to talk about some ways we can lose our witness because of the things we do.  

During this conversation I brought up how our poor driving habits can really be a contradiction to our being followers of Jesus Christ.  I begin to share how I was driving on the freeway this particular morning and how I had a person fly by me in their car at about 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.  Just as they passed me I noticed their specialized license plate with a Christian fish sign centered on the top.  I thought about how they were setting a poor witness of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.  

We happen to have a couple of officers in our study and one of them commented on how the people who chose to speed with the Christian fish on the back of their cars were given a name by the patrolmen - they are called, "Flying fish."

We need to be aware of our actions - not just those behind the wheel, but all of them.  We are to obey the laws given to us by our government and we should always be willing to submit to these authorities.  To choose not to do this is sin and it is evil.  If we choose to submit we are submitting to God and it shows our faith and trust in Him.  

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Romans 13:1-4 (NKJV)

I pray this devotional will encourage all of us to remember our witness and the impact it can have in either direction. Let's not become the next species of flying fish.  

STUDY QUESTION:  We know sin is evil so according to 1 Thess. 5:22 what form of sin are we to abstain from?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you resisting any authority in your life?  Are you willing to submit to authority - knowing you are actually submitting to God?

APPLICATION: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding.  Know with confidence He is in control and will guide your path.

Father, thank You for guiding me to the proper path.  Thank You for showing me all the areas within my life where I need to submit to You.  Help me to continue to see these things as you do and give me the wisdom, discernment and strength to do Your will.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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