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by: Don Carmichael

06/13/2022

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No, this is nowhere near the West Coast hamburger chain, rather, are you in or out; or as one business writer purported, “Are you on or off (the bus)?”  Everything seem to be about deal making.  Let’s make a deal!  What else would you expect from your car dealer, even if it’s a smooth delivery company dropping off the car you ordered on your “smart” phone.  It’s still, let’s make a deal: in or out.
Amazon even helps you with the deal, knowing they have but seconds to secure this deal.  So they even provide a way of buying now, rather than a minute later — just hit  Buy Now, and it’s yours.  In or out.
Similarly, God asks us the same, but comes from His position of authority beyond the deal, stating, “Now this is what the LORD says — “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and the rivers will not overwhelm you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flame will not burn you.  Do not fear, for I have redeemed (bought) you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”  Here’s the kicker:  are you in or out?  He has done the deal as He planned and prescribed before Creation.  Are you willing to walk with Him through the waters?  He promised through the authority given to His Son to be with you.  Same with the firefights in your midst, little or large as life itself.  And not only this, His Providential Presence, but He also calls you out, by name, by His name, as an adopted one.  Life with no fear.  Are you in or out?
Father, thank You for Your times of rescue, of promise, even in these exact quotes from Your words.  Times now far away, and times recent.  Draw us to submit to Your authority above all, and to learn of You, with You, by Your Holy Spirit.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death; for I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”  In or out? Allow Him His place of honor in your life.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1-2‬, Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭CSB‬‬ ‬‬
No, this is nowhere near the West Coast hamburger chain, rather, are you in or out; or as one business writer purported, “Are you on or off (the bus)?”  Everything seem to be about deal making.  Let’s make a deal!  What else would you expect from your car dealer, even if it’s a smooth delivery company dropping off the car you ordered on your “smart” phone.  It’s still, let’s make a deal: in or out.
Amazon even helps you with the deal, knowing they have but seconds to secure this deal.  So they even provide a way of buying now, rather than a minute later — just hit  Buy Now, and it’s yours.  In or out.
Similarly, God asks us the same, but comes from His position of authority beyond the deal, stating, “Now this is what the LORD says — “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and the rivers will not overwhelm you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flame will not burn you.  Do not fear, for I have redeemed (bought) you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”  Here’s the kicker:  are you in or out?  He has done the deal as He planned and prescribed before Creation.  Are you willing to walk with Him through the waters?  He promised through the authority given to His Son to be with you.  Same with the firefights in your midst, little or large as life itself.  And not only this, His Providential Presence, but He also calls you out, by name, by His name, as an adopted one.  Life with no fear.  Are you in or out?
Father, thank You for Your times of rescue, of promise, even in these exact quotes from Your words.  Times now far away, and times recent.  Draw us to submit to Your authority above all, and to learn of You, with You, by Your Holy Spirit.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death; for I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”  In or out? Allow Him His place of honor in your life.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1-2‬, Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭CSB‬‬ ‬‬
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