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"Do It Yourself"

July 16, 2007

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In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Psalm 71:2

No question about it, people are creative. Creative people have brought us microwave ovens, the quarter-pounder-with-cheese, and the disposable razor blade. As of last week, there is a new product that comes to us from the mind of Anita Rachel Thomas, a most creative lady. The product is a “Do-It-Yourself-Break-Out-Of-Jail” kit. The kit consists of baby powder, cocoa butter, and lots of socks.

According to a report by CNN, Anita received mixed reviews to the field test of her product in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Wishing to escape from a local jail, Anita put on six pairs of socks, which enabled her to wiggle out of her leg irons. Then, she used the cocoa butter to grease up her arms and slide off her handcuffs. The final part of Rachel’s product was the baby powder that she threw into the face of the guard who was transporting her to court. Freed from cuffs, shackles, and the police, Anita made a mad dash for freedom.

Apparently, Anita’s creative mind wasn’t creative enough. She only went about two feet before the guard recaptured her.

There is no telling when Anita’s “do-it-yourself-jail-break” kit is going to be offered to the general public. In the foreseeable future, Anita’s creative mind will be dedicated to dealing with the new charges which have been filed against her: battery against a police officer and attempting to escape.

While it is true that some creative folks do manage to escape punishment, it is equally true that no one can escape punishment for their sins. The Psalmist was right when he said to God, “In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline Your ear to me and save me.” He knew that only God can free us from the shackles of sin and the horrors of hell.

The Heavenly Father sent His Son into this world so that we might be free from our punishment. Jesus offered Himself as our substitute, so that we might be released from condemnation. As Isaiah wrote, “He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.” (53:5)

From the Lord’s creative mind and His gracious heart, we are forgiven and free.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I give thanks for my freedom that was won at the cost of Your life. In Your name I give thanks, Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Kings 15-16    Galatians 3

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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