"The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal. And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings. But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered. But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause"(Jeremiah 11:16-20)
Today's Morsel: There is a bug called the pine beetle. His goal is to kill the pine tree. The pine tree is an evergreen tree. It has life in every season. The only way to destroy it is to uproot it or if some kind of insect such at the pine beetle comes in and destroys it. I have seen many such trees destroyed by the devilish critters. If you see a group of pine trees and one of them is brown you can see that the beetle has been there or something has killed the tree's roots. In no time they can destroy a forest. I like to refer to Satan as a beetle. He knows that in Jesus and His believers is life. And so he goes about to destroy them. Jesus said that he comes not but for to kill, steal, and to destroy (John 10:10). So if you look into a church and you see many who have life and some who are downtrodden or without life, you can easily tell that the enemy has attacked them. If something isn't done to help them, they will soon die. To protect the pine from the destruction of the beetle, the trees must be sprayed. Because the enemy desires to destroy us, we must be sprayed and covered with the blood of Jesus to our bodies from this evil critter. We must be buried in the waters of baptism. For it is only through the blood that our sins are remitted and our lives are made new. You don't have to worry about Satan destroying you if you stay under the blood.
Sing: There is power, power, wonder working power, in the Blood, of the Lamb; there is power, power, wonder working power, in the precious Blood of the Lamb.