Friday, September 26, 2008

Outlets Without Power

Last week, Northern Ohio got hit with a massive storm with high winds. Our home lost power for 5 days. No electricity meant- no fridge. Come day 2, I had to throw away everything in the fridge and freezer because, milk, meats, and parishables were spoiled. No stove and no microwave made it impossible to cook anything. No T.V.- I missed my DIY shows and comedy shows. (Because that's a priority!)

It was very hard to go 5 days without power. You feel confined and helpless.

In the dark with candles lit, it gave me time to really reflect on my relationship with God. I thought, "What good is an outlet if there isn't any power running through it?"

We are outlets for Jesus Christ. Many of us are struggling with a spiritual power failure. We don't know how to change the darkside of our hearts. We fail to conquer the baggage in our lives. We allow weakness to drain our power source. Isaiah 40:29 says, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." (NIV)

More so, we become so busy and involved in our life's tasks that we are not being the light that God intended us to be in the world. We become the walking dead. We can walk around with the right tools, but without a powersource we're ineffective. God's word says, "So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT). It is our duty as Christians to share the Good News with unbelievers.

Paul, an apostle of Christ, got it. He understood that Jesus is the Great Powersource for His life. This is what Paul proclaimed in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." (NIV)

If you don't tap in to Christ's Power, you will be a spiritually dead outlet. You will feel confined, helpless and even useless in your life. You will feel the emotional and spiritual drain within you. Turn to Him "who is able to do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine."

Plug in to the Power who created the universe. The Power that blew off the boulder of His grave and conquered death. "He is risen. He is risen indeed!"

Jeremiah 32:17 "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." (NIV)


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h2oSonic said...

Hey bud! I'm sorry to hear you guys were without power for so long, that suuuucks. But I'm glad it inspired you to write yet another awesome post :)

Also, I wanted to let you know about a cool movie coming out this weekend. It's called "Fireproof" and looks awesome. The wife and I are going on a date to see it tonight :)

View the Trailer!

Look forwarding to catching up with ya soon!


Heart Like Jesus said...

Yeah, it was pretty discouraging. I took advantage of the "quietness" and really focused my time on God.

Thanks for sharing this "Fireproof" trailer with us. It looks like a great movie! Inspiring for all married couples- including mine. This movie goes hand in hand with the past posts "Whatever it takes" / "Whatever it takes" with Passion-Part 2.

I will try and post something about this movie over the weekend.

P.S. What's it like to say "wife". Pretty incredible isn't it?

h2oSonic said...

I thought the movie was awesome! It was a great reminder, like your posts, to never stop pursuing and fighting for her... even when the things we do don't yield the outcome we expect - cuz it's not about us, it's about loving and leading our wives regardless, just as God loves us.

And yes, it's waaaay cool to say "my wife"! :)