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GOD’S WORD FOR JANUARY 5 ~ ~ Colossians 1:16 ~ ~ “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

Scientists describe these creatures as mean, greedy and anti-social. They are also impressive chemists. That’s some reputation for a creature whose lifespan is only four hours! The short form of this microscopic creature’s name is simply bdella.

Bdellas are predatory bacteria that live in fresh and salt water as well as in sewage. In the first stage of its life cycle, it swims freely, using large, whip-like flagella. The favorite food of the bdella is E. coli bacteria and, swimming ten times faster, the bdella rams the bacteria, punching a hole in its outer membrane and injecting six different enzymes. Then the bdella drops its flagellum and enters its prey, where it starts the second stage of its existence.

Over the next two or three hours, the bdella consumes the bacteria and reproduces. The new bdellas rupture the membrane and swim free to start the cycle all over. Scientists believe that the fact that bdellas eat so many different kinds of bacteria means that their purpose is to control the bad bacteria population.

The Creator keeps all His creation in perfect balance. Our spiritual lives need to be in balance too.

We need worship time, deep meditation time, repentance time, time to study the Word, time to hear teachings, and times of fellowship with other Christians. But, by far, the most productive, and most important, is a time of personal communication with our Savior and Lord, which will usually lead to repentance and/or worship. Have you really talked with Him today?

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