Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Do We Have Power Yet?

Psalm 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Yesterday was Memorial Day, a day that is set aside to honor the memory of those great men and women who have given their life for our country and the freedoms that we enjoy today. So, with that in mind, understand this: I AM NOT COMPLAINING! I did a little bit of studying in the morning and early afternoon, then headed down to the basement of the house to finish building an eight foot closet (Yes, I actually built something from raw materials on my own with no help or blueprints - another post for another day). Just as I began to start, the power went out.

This was not the first time it happened, but this time it was a little different. This storm was a fast and violent flash flood with lots of wind and lightening. As I looked across the street, the neighbors tree in their front yard was split in two. At first I thought it might be lightening, but upon further inspection the tree was rotted from the inside and the wind just tore it in two. As I was looking across the street, a fire engine comes down the street with lights on. As I followed it to the end of the street, I see were the problem started: a very large tree fell and ripped the top of a power pole completely off and power lines were everywhere.

I stayed around for a while, but decided to leave for about 4 hours. When I came back some of the neighbors were standing outside and the obvious question was asked: Do we have power yet? Have they given any time table? Well, long story short, when I finally fell asleep at 2am the power was off, and when I woke up at about 5:45am the power was on. It made for an interesting night - but I am NOT complaining!

I told you all of that to share with you a quick thought about one of the many things I learned through this night: I have no power of the power! This reminded me of the verse from the Book of Psalms that I quoted as I started this entry. All power belongs to God, and through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we have access to this power every day. Yet, many days I am afraid Christians go with, "no power." I wonder how many times people have seen us and want to ask the question, "Do you have any power yet?" I was so worried about not having any power, and when it would be turned back on - but are we worried when we have no spiritual power?


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  2. Very good application, Brother! The problem with many Christians is, though, they think they have power when they really don't. We need to learn to stay "plugged in" through the Word of God, prayer (confessing our sin included), God's house, etc. - not just as a show, but truly having that relationship with Jesus.