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If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle around helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A Bumblebee if dropped into an open tumbler will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exist, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, there are a lot of people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, trials and tribulations, heart-breaks and head-aches...stressed out, strung out and on the verge of giving out, not realizing that the power of God to withstand every situation is inherent within you and the answer to life's most difficult problems is just above you..

Brothers and sisters, I know we are saved, sanctified, and on our way to heaven, but we might as well admit this morning, every now and then, every once in a while... we find ourselves like that buzzard, that bee or that bat. We can't get up, we can't take off, we can't even get out...

You and I both must face it, it is not a "piece of cake'" to live a consecrated, fully committed life which mirrors the life of Jesus Christ.
The proverbial "What would Jesus Do" that is supposed to be a "Just say no" to Satan over-simplifies what really is necessary to live lives that are pleasing to the Master.

There's no question in my mind or my spirit that once we are saved, That God expects us to live lives that bring forth fruits of righteousness.
God, said in 1 Peter 1:15-16"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."

In other words, where ever we are and whatsoever the situation is, our witness must mirror the attitudes and actions that show we have been changed.

We ought to be singing the whole song:

We can't sing... "Jesus on the inside, working on the outside..." And leave out "Oh what a change in my life."

We ought not sing "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me...."
And leave out "I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind, but now I see."

We got to sing the whole song...
What the point of singing "I'm on the battlefield fore the Lord..."
And leave out "I promised Him that I would serve Him till I die..." Our lives ought to reflect the whole song!

I stopped by this morning, commissioned by the Trinity...to let you know that it is impossible to live like the Saint you are all by yourself?
No matter how hard you are trying, you just cannot live a life of integrity and uprightness by your lonesome.

But if we can cut up, chew and digest this text this morning....
We will find out that we have been empowered to live Holy lives.
• We will find out that, that which is impossible with man is possible with God.
• We will find out that it is possible to live like we really are changed. That we really can live like Jesus has really moved in and is in control of our lives.…...

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