Patsy Sorrels, columnist
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
There is a story about an immigrant family that, after scrimping and saving for years, finally had enough money for passage on an ocean liner to America. This was no luxury cruise for them. They didn’t dare spend one unnecessary penny, knowing money would be scarce when they first arrived in the new land. So, instead of eating from the ship’s extravagant menu, they remained in their cabin, feeding on cheese and crackers.
The day before landing, however, they decided to enjoy one good meal. The menu was confusing to them, because it didn’t list any prices. When they asked the waiter why, they were stunned to learn the menu did not list prices because there were none. All of the food was included in the original ticket price.
OMG, how many columns can I get out of this one story?
For days those immigrants were bound to their cabin, with only crackers and cheese to sustain them, when all along they could have been dining on a delectable, savory, menu and enjoying all that luxury liner had to offer ... all of which was rightfully theirs and included in their ticket price. It was theirs for the taking.
Saints, the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is his purpose ... his passion ... his quest. If he can keep us in our cabin, keep us in the dark and ignorant of all God has for us, then he’s done his job … and he won’t stop until we are down, depressed, defeated and destroyed. That’s why we must fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life and all that comes with it. You will find that in 1 Timothy 6:12.
It’s time for us to put away the cheese and crackers, get out of the cabin and quit playing church. It’s time we take God at His Word and explore all He has prepared for us, all those wonderful hidden things He has kept in reserve, in secret places, just for us (Isaiah 48:6-7).
We have been invited to feast at the King’s table from now through all eternity. All we have to do is believe. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house (Acts 16:31).” It’s ours for the taking. All we need to is ask.
That’s a promise! It’s that simple. The Word of God is full of promises for healing, finances, sorrows, broken hearts, salvation, blessings ... and it’s all included in our ticket.
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).
We have the right to a supernatural, intimate relationship with God. We have the right to go boldly before the throne of God and make our petitions known. We have the right to cry out to Him and cast the cares of our world upon Him. We have the right to believe He loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives ... and it’s all included in our ticket.
It’s time we had “ears to hear and eyes to see ( (Mark 8:18).”
God spoke the future into existence. Then He gave us the authority and the right to do the same thing in our own lives. Read Genesis 1. It’ll bless your heart.
It sounds a whole lot like my life a number of years ago ... without form, an empty waste, with darkness upon my face. Come on, I know I’m not the only one who’s led a life of total emptiness and darkness in their past.
But there’s good news: “The Spirit of God was moving, hovering, brooding over me.” He saw light in me, and He saw it was good, and He said, “enough is enough, let her light so shine,” and it was good, and He approved, and He separated me from the darkness, and He called me by my name. (OK, someone get me a hanky).
Can’t help it folks, when I start thinking about all God saved me from, all the yuk and darkness from which He brought me, all He’s done for me and my girls and where we’re at today ... I can’t help but get a little choked up and teary-eyed. God is good! All the time! And I for one am a believer! A very thankful believer. Ya know, when grace and gratitude hold hands, miracles happen. My, friends, your reading one.
Eight days after Jesus had risen from the grave and stood among His disciples and showed them his hands and His side, He came again. This time Thomas was with them, and Jesus stood among them and said to Thomas, reach out your finger, here. See my hands? And put out your hand and place it in My side. “Do not be faithless and (skeptical), but stop your unbelief and believe!” At this point, Jesus had enough and spoke to the unbelief in Thomas ... and Thomas said, “My Lord and my God (John 20:19-20 and 26-27).”
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed (John 20:29).”
It’s only when we’ve had enough of the garbage and unbelief in our life that change finally comes. When we’ve had enough darkness and emptiness, and we speak to that mountain and tell it to be gone, never to return. It has to go! God said it in Mark 11:23-24. And that’s another column.
Begin to see yourself in the Scriptures, my friends. Don’t be faithless and skeptical. Stop your unbelief and simply believe! Before long you will begin to hear, “And God said … it is good.”
You got your ticket? Can you say like Thomas, “My Lord and my God.” Throw away those cheese and crackers, my friends, get out of that cabin and lay claim to what comes with a ticket that was bought for you more than 2000 years ago. You’ll be glad you did.
Keep the faith and worship somewhere today.
Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (580) 548-8140.