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Bible Ballistics: BBs #735 Double Of Nothing IS______???


I am a bookkeeper by nature—but it wasn’t always that way.  When I was in High School, I hated math; my dad did his best to convince me to take ‘bookkeeping’, but I just kept telling him that I hated math and didn’t heed his advice (for he saw something that I couldn’t see then!)!  Sure enough, when I was about 22 or so, math finally clicked in my little pea brain!  So, of course I came to love “bookkeeping”!

Well, my friend Jesus knows what we don’t; even when HE asks us to go, or do, or accomplish some task that doesn’t make sense to us—we can trust that HE KNOWS something that we don’t know, yet.  How often I’ve regretted not taking a “bookkeeping” class, so I’d have more of a grasp of the things I’ve done in the keeping of financial records through the years.  All because I failed to take the wise advice of my earthly father!  How much more do we need to heed the advice of our Heavenly Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ THE LORD!  We all know that “double of nothing” is “nothing”!  It’s a family joke in our household about double of nothing; for when we married Zane asked me to quit work and stay home and tend to our home, which I most willingly agreed to, and he told me then he’d double my wages every week!  He jokingly tells people that, and I always chime in, “It took me 5 years to figure out that double of nothing, was nothing!”  Ha ha ha!  But in the spiritual realm it’s a tragedy that we have failed to realize that without JESUS, we are simply treading water, trying to double our ‘nothing’!  I would simply like to share one of my favorite passages with you this morning and call it a day.

I am the true vine,

and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit

he taketh away:

and every branch that beareth fruit,

he purgeth it,

that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word

which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me,

and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit

of itself,

except it abide

in the vine;

no more can ye,

except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine,

ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me,

and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me ye can do nothing.

6 If a man abide not in me,

he is cast forth as a branch,

and is withered;

and men gather them,

and cast them into the fire,

and they are burned.

7 If ye abide in me,

and my words abide in you,

ye shall ask what ye will,

and it shall be done unto you.

8 Herein is my Father glorified,

that ye bear much fruit;

so shall ye be my disciples.

9 As the Father hath loved me,

so have I loved you:

continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments,

 ye shall abide in my love;

even as I have kept

 my Father’s commandments,

and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you,

that my joy might remain in you,

and that your joy might be full.”    John 15:1-11

May you take this ‘food for thought’ and ponder the import of Jesus’ own words to His disciples before HE left this earth.  True then—true now! Are you abiding in “the vine” or trying to be and do things on your own?  As an old song says, “Without HIM, I could do nothing!” (Without Him, by Mylon Lefevre), and I don’t even want to try!  Won’t you “cast all your cares upon HIM”?  He’s ever calling you to abide—not run, not rush, not think up your own plans, programs, and propositions!  Abide in HIS plan and you’ll “bear much fruit” (but remember, you may not always see the crop!)!

And now,

saith the LORD that formed me

from the womb

 to be his servant,

to bring Jacob again to him,

Though Israel be not gathered,

 yet shall I be glorious

in the eyes of the LORD,

and my God

shall be my strength.”  Isaiah 49:5

HE is here, calling YOU to abide!  What will your reply be?

Humble yourselves therefore

under the mighty hand of God,

that he may exalt you

in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.”  1 Peter 5:6-7