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558th -- The Basket


The Lord has given His Word, the Holy Bible to be our instruction manual,
our edifier and a reflection of how the Lord wishes for us to stand 
complete. He has commanded that we study His Word and meditate on the
wisdom that lies therein. To know God intimately, we must know who He is
and God graciously reveals in the Bible His commands, His love and His 
statutes for successful and pure living on this earth. Never become 
discouraged or lackadaisical when it comes to spending time reading the 
Bible and learning the lessons that are throughout its timeless pages. It
is to our benefit alone that we read the Bible every day, meditating on 
God's wisdom and understanding and receiving into our hearts the revelation
of who God is. (Joshua 1:8) (Job 23:10) (James 1:25) (Exodus 3:13-15)

I hope you are encouraged and challenged by today's simple message to make
time each day to read the Bible because it has power to change your life 
and make you better than you were before.


The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of
eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading 
from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him
tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you 
but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I
close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said,
“Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he
could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will 
have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river 
with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the
basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his 
grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he 
went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don't want a bucket of
water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying 
hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his 
grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak
out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but
when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath,
he said, “See Papa, it's useless!”

“So you think it is useless”? The old man said, “Look at the basket.” The
boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket
looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean.

“Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand
or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the
inside out.” That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the 
inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.

Take time to read a portion of God's word each day, and remind a friend by
sharing this story.

Author Unknown

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

2 Timothy 3:14-17 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned
and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that
from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make 
thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All 
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man
of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were
made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

James 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the
work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but 
thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way
prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Revelation 3:8 Jesus says
“I know thy works: behold, I have set before 
thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little 
strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

Psalm 34:8-10 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man 
that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want
to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but 
they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: A NEW BEGINNING
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem92.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: WHO CRUCIFIED CHRIST?
Click here to read --- http://www.godswork.org/testimony192.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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