Three Inch Screw

Upon taking the screws out of an adjustable shelf runner, with a manual screwdriver, to move it to another location, I discovered one screw to be much longer than needed.
Going through the bracket and through quarter inch paneling, it only needed to be about an inch and a quarter long. As I screwed it out of the wall I exclaimed with much frustration, “My goodness, how long is this screw!?!” When I finally got it out, I discovered it to be a three inch screw. I guess that was the only thing available at the time of installation, and no doubt I was using a power screw driver to put it in.
My wife, knowing my tendency to “overkill”, having observed the whole episode, joked with me then about a three inch screw. Now, while doing my “honey do list” around the house, and I am about to overdo something, I get the phrase “three inch screw”. It’s nice to have a reminder that excessive measures are not needed.
We are reminded in God’s Word that we don’t have to do unneeded work for salvation. When God came up with the plan of salvation for mankind, I don’t know if you can call it “overkill” or not, but he sure did a bang up job. He did not do just enough to barely get us into heaven.
By the beating that Jesus took in his body, he secured supernatural healing for every person ever to live. By his blood sacrifice he took our sin away, stripped away all curses upon us, and gave us total right standing with God.
When Jesus died on the cross he stripped Satan of all his power over us. When he rose from the grave victorious over death, in God’s mind we rose with him also totally victorious over death. When Jesus was seated by the Father in heaven in complete authority over all principalities and powers of the Devil operating on earth, in God’s arrangement, we are seated with Jesus to exercise that same power and authority in the earth.
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and Jesus taught that if we seek first the kingdom of God, all these things will be added to us. In other words, God has provided for us in every way, holding nothing back.
In fact, it is God’s stated desire that we be filled with all the fullness of God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we are able to ask or think, according to the power that works in us, all to his glory (Ephesians 3:19-21). Thank God! Three inch screw. The sky’s the limit for those who unreservedly believe God’s Word!
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