“God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33
Currently our outside temperature is 25 degrees, wind chill factor feels like 13, and there’s a predicted low for tonight of 18 degrees. Anyone ready for Spring? I am!! 🤚 🌺🌸
Last night our main AC/Heating unit went out. Great timing, right? Not really. Ray checked the batteries in the thermostat, but they were fine. After a trip to the garage, which involved flipping the breaker on and off, the unit started working. This morning it was off again and a bit cooler in the house. Sounds like a breaker issue to me, but I’m no expert!
Because the outside temperatures are below freezing and there was sleet overnight, the roads are icy. Consequently, the repairman won’t be able to make a house call for a day or so. Thankfully, as backup, we have a gas fireplace, gas stove, electricity, and a smaller AC/Heating unit will heat three bedrooms and a bathroom on one side of the house. So, we’re not going to freeze, thank the Lord!
Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks for keeping warm. One of those little nuggets involves an electric clothes dryer and electrical power. Yes, you must have electricity! Just throw a fluffy blanket into the clothes dryer, turn it on, and let it run for a few minutes. Voila! You’ve got a nice, warm blanket to keep you or your loved ones cozy. My husband and granddaughter love to be treated to this special type of “luxury” when they’re cold.
Even though there are a few physical strategies that serve to help us through uncertain situations, like staying warm, there’s always the strong possibility that the performance of the affected heating unit is still in jeopardy. We cannot afford to place our full trust in an unreliable source. And the truth is, we should have had some routine maintenance checks on the units. Had we done that, there’s the strong likelihood that we would have been able to avoid this untimely surprise.
While pondering our light and momentary situation, I thought about another power source—a spiritual one in nature. I asked myself these questions: How can we best stay plugged into God’s power source? How can we avoid costly repair to our faith walk?
God has already given us the necessary tools for a life of power through Jesus Christ. We can take that truth and never doubt it!! We have been given such glorious gifts!
I’m so thankful that as Christian’s, we’ve been given the Holy Spirit who works to renew our minds so that we might be more like Jesus. The comfort He brings gives us such hope and peace. He even intercedes on our behalf when we don’t have the words (Roman’s 8:26-27). I love that! His convicting power is essential in the daily lives of all believers. Personally, I could not do without it!
Reading and studying God’s Word are great ways to stay plugged into our spiritual source of power. As we focus on His Word, we are given the ability to better maneuver life’s twists and turns from a Biblical vantage point. The Bible is such a great road map for living the Christian life. Because there are many distractions, to stay in the Word on a daily basis takes discipline. I sometimes struggle with this very thing, even though I know what needs to be done—that which I truly desire to do. I pray to do better.
Through daily prayer, we commune with the One who will never leave us. Through prayer, we praise God for who He is—the perfect Heavenly Father. We confess our sometimes lack of faith, as well as anything we think, say, or do that is not pleasing to Him. We thank Him for loving us and blessing us as He does. Through prayer, our faith is strengthened as we meet daily strength-sapping challenges. Through prayer, we hold the firm belief—through faith, that God hears and answers our prayers in a manner and time of His own choosing.
By using God’s arsenal of spiritual tools, we are also able to have the much needed maintenance checks on our spiritual life. Being regularly plugged into the power source of our faith, will help prevent us from many of the pitfalls in life. Even if we’ve experienced some of those pitfalls, we’ll rest more comfortably and confidently, as we walk forward trusting God in every area of our life.
When we fix our eyes and hearts on the One who is always with us, we will experience peace in our hearts not found elsewhere. He is so good and He holds the key to life everlasting.
What power are you plugged into today? I pray that you are plugged into the ultimate and everlasting spiritual power source. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. God in three persons, blessed Trinity.
“Life is good, ‘cause God is. Life is good, ‘cause I’m His.” From Life Is Good, by The Hopper’s