Firing Blanks
November 3, 2021

Today’s 333 Devotional: “Firing Blanks”

The night prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, a young sailor was at a Bible study, and the leader asked people to recite their favorite Bible passage. Try as he might he couldn’t think of one, except John 3:16. The only problem was that the guy right in front of him recited it. And so there he was without a Scripture, and he thought to himself, “Here I’ve grown up in the church and I’m still a baby.”

The next morning the Japanese attacked, and the young sailor grabbed his gun and started firing. After 15 minutes he realized that he had been firing blanks. It was then the Lord said, “That’s exactly the way your life is. Your life is full of blanks. No power, no effectiveness, no salt, no light, just blanks.”

The Psalmist tells us of our need to learn and memorize God’s word saying, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!” (Psalm 119:11)

And after the Lord told Isaiah how His thoughts and ways are not like ours, but are much higher, the Lord said, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

If we don’t want to fire blanks at the enemy of our faith we have to grow up and become spirit filled Christians and allow God’s word to go deep inside our hearts so that God can use it in our lives.

This is what Jesus prayed to the Father for us saying, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

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