Is the power flowing?

 

SONY DSCHave you ever sat in your car, turned the ignition key, and heard nothing but a click?  That dreaded noise normally happens when you are already running late for an important appointment.  What is happening?

A very thin layer of corrosion on the battery terminals called lead oxide blocks the flow of power.  It forms on the terminals very slowly and most times unnoticed.  The battery itself has plenty of power, but it is just no longer flowing to the starter.

In many ways, our walk with God is the same.  It is rarely blatant sin that cuts off the power of God.  It is just that “lead oxide” slowly leads to corrosion. Often busyness, criticism, acclaim, ambition, or the love of money and success slowly creep into our lives, and the power of the Holy Spirit cannot flow.

What may have caused “lead oxide” to form in your life?

Bring it to the cross and get the power flowing again!

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.” Ps 66:18-19

 

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The coffin on the truck

winding-road-2549472_640An open truck carrying an empty coffin was slowly making its way along the rough, winding road in Rwanda, Africa.  Suddenly, the driver noticed a man standing by the side of the road, gesturing that he needed a ride.  Wanting to make some extra money, the driver brought the truck to a halt, and the man jumped in the open back, happy he was getting a lift. As the truck continued on its journey, heavy tropical rains set in.  The only shelter the man could think of was the coffin. Eager to get out of the torrential rain, he climbed into the coffin, closed the lid and was soon fast asleep.
As the truck continued on its journey, the driver picked up several more passengers.

Sometime later, the man in the coffin woke up and noticed that the rain had stopped. As he opened the lid of the coffin, four men, gripped by fear, jumped from the moving truck, trying to escape from the “resurrected” corpse.

The power of fear can make us do very strange things.  Fear crippled the heart of Elisha’s servant. Elisha prayed that his eyes might open so he could see reality.  When God opened his eyes, he saw thousands of protecting angels standing guard to protect God’s servant.  If fear is a determining factor in your life, get in the presence of God.  True perspective comes when we soak in God’s presence!

Are you making decisions that are motivated by fear?

2Ki 6:17 – And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

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Don’t get caught by the Monkey trap!

41906545634_48d0fa6d1f_bDid you know how you can easily trap a monkey in the jungle?  All it takes is a small container!  You put some food in a flask that has a small hole at the top, just big enough for a monkey’s hand to get in.  Then securely tie the jar to a tree or a post.  When the monkey discovers the food, he will put his hand in the pot to get it, but when he makes a fist, his hand can no longer get out of the flask.  Believe it or not, a monkey will fight ’till exhaustion, but it will never let go of the food!  The monkey’s only hope is if he is a rescue.

Many times, when God begins the purifying process in our lives, we need to let go of things.  We need to put at the foot of the cross.  So often, we do not realize that the very things we are holding on to, are holding us in captivity!

Is God asking you to let go of things that have taken HIS place in your heart today?

“Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”(Jn.8:35,36)

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A tested string

hqdefaultA talented violinist was scheduled to play before a very critical audience.  Although she had a fine instrument, she was not satisfied with the quality of its sound.  So she said to her father, “This violin must yield its full resonance and vibration of tone.  I’m going out to buy some tested strings.”

When asked what tested strings were, she replied, “First, they’re put on a rack and stretched and strained to take all the vacillation out of them.  Then they are hammered and put through an acid test.  This is what enables them to produce a perfect and full tone.”  When she attached the tested strings and tuned the instrument, the music was noticeably more warm and rich than before.

If our lives are going to produce beautiful music for the Lord, testing is imperative.  Just as a tested string gives the highest quality of sound, so Christians who accept their trials and learn to profit from them are able to bring the greatest glory to the Master Musician.*

Will your trials make you bitter or better?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
(ODB Dec. 6 1991)

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I wish I could…

automobile-automotive-cadillac-163553As the Cadillac owner walked to his car, he saw a boy about 10 years old staring intently through the windows.  Wondering what he was up to, the man put his hands on the youngster’s shoulders, pulled him gently and asked him what he was doing.  The boy said he was interested in cars and had read a lot about different models.  He then told him many details about this particular year and body style.

After a bit, the boy asked, “Mister, how much did you pay for this car?”  The man replied, “Nothing.  My brother gave it to me.”  The boy responded, “I wish…”, but stopped in mid-sentence.  The man chuckled, “You were going to say, `I wish I had a brother like that’.”  “No, I was going to say, `I wish I could be a brother like that.’ You see, sir, I have a brother who is crippled and I’d like to do a lot of things for him.” *

When was the last time joy welled up in you because you made a huge difference in someones life?

Luke 6:38  – “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
(ODB Oct. 10 1991)

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The Power of Tears for the Sinner

19592_1Doctor Chapman became concerned for one young man.  He felt that he ought to speak to him but he feared that he might show more zeal than knowledge. He felt the man might be offended if he went to him in that way.  ‘If anyone is offended because you try to do right, let them go. If anyone is offended because you ask them to be a Christian, let them go to Hell.  You’ve done your duty.’ But he thought it over and made up his mind to speak to him that very night.  The young man did not come that night so on the next day, Doctor Chapman drove out in a cutter to see him.  He met the man and said, “I want you to be a Christian.”

The man was angry.  He said, “You blankety-blank little preacher. I don’t want you to come to me about that.” Doctor Chapman turned and left him and drove away.  He caught a cold while driving out there that stayed with him that winter and soon after he left the place and took up evangelistic work.

One night, ten years later, he was holding a meeting at Saratoga, when he saw a man coming down the aisle.

“Don’t you know me?” the man asked. Doctor Chapman didn’t know him.

“Why,” the man said, “I’m Benedict from Schuylerville. I’m the man who cursed you when you drove out to my home and asked me to be a Christian.  I want to be a Christian now.”

“What has changed you?” Doctor Chapman asked.

“I’ll tell you,” said the man.  “I never heard a sermon that touched me, nor a song.  It was your tears, the tears that were in your eyes as I cursed you and you turned away.  I’ve never been able to forget them.  I’ve never had a day’s peace since that moment.”

Oh, if you knew the power of tears for the sinner.  If you only felt enough concern to weep over those who are in danger of being lost.  The sight of such tears would win many souls for Christ. (Billy Sunday)

Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:6 NIV

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The Slave Girl

adult-beautiful-beauty-1435441Lester Sumrall tells an interesting story about Chen Lee who was one of China’s unfortunate girls. While still a small child and not yet old enough to remember parental care, she was sold to a foul slave market for almost nothing.

“When Mr. Howard Carter of London, England, and I were journeying throughout Southwest China, we were entertained in the home of Mr. and Mrs Wood. There we met the former slave girl named Chen Lee. We also visited the slave market where Chen Lee was purchased, and we saw two dozen girls for sale that day. In all my life I had never seen such pitiful humans as these slave girls. They were offered to us for a price ranging from 75 cents to $7.50, American currency. The poor little creatures knew the pangs of hunger, and malnutrition was evident. They had been beaten and kicked about by vile persons until some of their bodies were badly deformed; their hair was matted with filth; their bodies were caked with dirt which had been on them for some time; the filthy den in which they lived was exceedingly rich–entomologically!

As we looked at Chen Lee, a lovely refined young lady, and thought of the horrible slave market, it was almost impossible to realize that she had once been living in that very prison. However, we saw in her one of the most beautiful and most striking comparisons to conversion we ever beheld. At one time every one of us who is now a Christian was in the slave-market of the Devil; he was our task-master, driving us into sorrow, tears and despair. He mistreated us and mocked at our misfortune. One day Jesus came to the slave-market of sin and offered to pay the price of our redemption, the price was high–very high–but Christ was willing to pay it to the last farthing. While angels in heaven stood by in holy awe, the Royal Prince purchased the emancipation of the human race.

This is by no means the end of the story. While Mr. Carter and I were in Woods’ home, we were told that a wealthy businessman in the city had asked if his son might have Chen Lee for his bride. Could it be possible that a businessman had asked that a former slave-girl become the bride of his son? But what Jesus has done for us is even greater.

The Prince of heaven has chosen a former slave to be His bride. His chosen one, purchased by His own blood, is soon to be called; there is to be a royal wedding, such a wedding as the universe has never witnessed. Ten thousand times ten thousand angels (one hundred million) will witness that dazzling scene and shout for joy until the heavens ring because their noble Master has brought His bride to be forever with Him.”

Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, Write this:  Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! . . .  Revelation 19:7-9 NIV

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