Whose power are you running on?
In doing my quiet time this morning I have been faced with a series of challenges that I can only attribute to God trying to tell me something. I had listened to the Holy Spirit about doing a series on Spiritual Warfare from Ephesians 6:10-18. Then shortly after that started, I was feeling he attacks of Satan on my family and church family. Then with Passion Week upon us, I am once again feeling the God is trying to get my attention about something. Let me share with you this morning's devotional:
All things God works for the good of those who love him - Romans 8:28
Everything is against me! - Genesis 42:36
Many people are lacking when it comes to power. But how is power produced? The other day, my friend and I were passing by the power plant that produces electricity for the streetcars. We heard the hum and roar of the countless wheels of the turbines, and I asked my friend, "How is the power produced?" He replied, "It simply is generated by the turning of those wheels and the friction they create. The rubbing produces the electric current."
In a similar way, when God desires to create more power in your life, He creates more friction. He uses this pressure to generate spiritual power. Some people cannot handle it and run from the pressure instead of receiving the power and using it to rise about the painful experience that produced it. Opposition is essential to maintaining a true balance between forces. It is the centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other that keep our planet in the proper orbit. The propelling action coupled with the repelling counteraction keep the earth in orbit around the sun instead of flinging it into space and a path of certain destruction.
God uses our lives in the same way. It is not enough to have only a propelling force. We need an equal repelling force, so He holds us back through the testing ordeals of life. The pressures of temptations and trials and all the things that seem to be against us further our progress and strengthen our foundation. Let us thank Him for the both the weights and the wings He produces. And realizing we are divinely propelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling - A.B. Simpson.
I feel that God is telling me not to worry about the trials and tribulations. Consider it a Joy (James 1:2) that Satan considers you a formable threat and look for ways to continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Knowing that the trials will make me a stronger Christian for the Kingdom of God!
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