ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC

...your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of...

Friday August 29th, 2003

Do you ever really think about how what the Lord has said affects your everyday personal life? Look with me at a bit of Scripture in Luke the twelfth chapter:

And Jesus said unto His disciples,

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. (Luke 12:22-30)

Keep in mind the words "your Father knoweth that ye have need of." Now let me tell you a little story that illustrates how the Lord knows what I need and arranges for my care even when it means arranging for something to happen that is not even distantly related to what my need really is.

Here's what happened: As many of you know, I drive some pretty old cars and trucks. My wife's car is a 1987 Jeep Cherokee with more than 130,000 miles on it. My truck is a 1990 Dodge 3/4 ton diesel pickup with a bit over 225,000 miles on it. Yet, I never hesitate to go on long trips, ones out to New Mexico, Kentucky, Texas or wherever. The reason I have no worries are three fold. First I trust the Lord that as long as I'm doing His work, He'll make sure I get there ok. The next two reasons are the two men the Lord has placed in my life to keep my cars and trucks running. Ovide's in Bridgton and Cummings in Harrison.

On Wednesday the 27th of August, I dropped by to see Nelson, the owner of Cummings in Harrison. I dropped by to both chat (preach) and to have him install a new gas filter on my wife's Jeep. After putting the new filter on, he checked the pressure for the fuel pump and told me that it was ok, but that I needed to do a tune up on the Jeep. I thanked him, told him how I cooked summer squash in olive oil and with Italian spices and asked him if he would like some. He said it sounded good and yes he would like some, so I told him I would do the tuneup the next day and afterward cook up some squash and bring some by for him to try. Keep in mind, that was on Wednesday that I promised to bring some squash by on Thursday.

Now comes Thursday. I drove Cec to work, and headed off to buy spark plugs, a distributor cap, and a rotor button for her Jeep. The first place I went to didn't have the parts in stock, so I headed off to Wal-Mart. At Wal-Mart I went into the automotive department, looked up 1987 Jeep Cherokee and bought six AutoLite 985 plugs. Then I went home, got out my tools and gapping gauge and proceeded to take out the old plugs one by one, and replace them with freshly gapped new plugs. When I took out the first old plug, I said to myself, "No wonder this thing is so hard to start, who ever put the plugs in last time used the wrong plugs. They had put in AutoLite 3294 plugs and they are about 1/4 inch shorter than the 985's I was replacing them with.

After putting in five of the six plugs and removing the sixth old plug, I noticed that the sixth new plug was broken. Which meant I had to go to the store and get a new plug. Now to get to Wal-Mart, I have to go within a 1/4 mile of Nelson's so I figured that I might as well cook up some squash and bring it to him on my way to get the sixth plug. So, I cooked up a bunch of squash, put it in a bowl and headed off to Wal-Mart via Nelson's garage.

When I got to Nelson's, as he ate the squash, I told him what had happened. He asked me what plugs I was using and I told him AutoLite 985's. He said, "Let's look and see if I have one in stock for you, but that doesn't sound like the right plug to me." So after we looked in his stock of plugs and didn't find any 985's he went to his book and looked up my Jeep. Now all the time he was looking, I was telling him how I had very diligently used the auto parts computer at Wal-Mart and was sure the AutoLite 985 was the right plug. He just kept on looking, and behold I had gotten the wrong plugs. The correct plug was the shorter 3294's. I had mistakenly bought the plugs for the 1987 Jeep Cherokee four cylinder, not the six cylinder. Had I not had a broken plug I would have installed six plugs that were 1/4 inch too long and done serious damage to my engine. Had Nelson been afraid of hurting my feelings by going to his spark plug book to check and see if I had the wrong plugs, I would have gone and gotten another wrong plug, installed it, started the Jeep and done serious damage to the engine.

See how God works? Do you see how He has brought honest mechanics who are unafraid to double check my work in keeping my cars and trucks running? Do you see how Nelson, by his being unafraid to check and correct me on my spark plug selection, saved me from making a costly mistake? Don't you think that we as Christian men should use the same courage to correct our friends and kin who are following the path to damnation because they are not reading from the right book, the Holy Bible?

I thank God over and over again for bringing Nelson and Ovide into my life, and I pray that one day someone will thank God for bringing you into their life, not over spark plugs, but because through your correcting them, they saved not an engine but their souls.

red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.

God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.


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