October 18th 2010

We Need To Be ‘Pickled’!

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…”
James 4:8 (ESV)

Recently, in Church, the preacher was talking about the wonderful reports of work done in Africa, the conversions and the many healings. She asked, “Is this just for Africa? Of course not.” She went on to say we need to be pickled—that is to spend a lot of time with God.

If you immerse a cucumber briefly in the pickling vinegar and spices, it will still taste like a cucumber. But, if it is left in the vinegar for some time, the flavours soak in and it will taste like a pickled cucumber.

Like the vinegar in a pickle, we need to have God on the inside, not just the outside. Romans 8:5-11 tells us that God’s Spirit within us will lead to Eternal Life—that is the ultimate preservation! We need to immerse ourselves in God, in prayer, bible study and meditation—we need to be “pickled”!

Lord, we want to be closer to you and have a closer relationship to become more like you.

Study by Gordon Howlett 

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One Response to “October 18th 2010”

  1. John Magowan on October 18th, 2010 9:13 am

    Thanks Gordon for your pithy, but profound, article in today’s Day by Day page. What a wonderful analogy of the cucumber being pickled in vinegar, and we being “pickled” in God. I hadn’t heard that analogy before, but it is one that I will never forget.

    John Magowan

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