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Tuesday Thoughts 6-25-19

I read an article the other day warning of an inevitable nation-wide electrical blackout that would throw us back two centuries!  Can you even imagine what adjustments would be necessary to operate without refrigeration, gasoline, and the internet?  Most people I know haven’t even experienced a weekend of old-fashioned camping (like every camping trip when I was a kid), where all food was cooked over an open fire and if you needed to go to the bathroom, you’d have to take a shovel.  But a long-term blackout wouldn’t be a fun camping trip.   Instead there would be widespread hunger, poverty, and fear.  Imagine the irony of living in a cold, dark, cupboard-bare home filled with unusable appliances and gadgets designed to meet every need and whim.  Unfortunately, this potential tragedy is all too possible in our spiritual journey.  When Jesus is welcomed as Lord, he completely wires and powers our lives with everything needed for abundant life!  It’s common to begin our new journey by plugging everything we know into him.  But over time, we discover new issues and areas that don’t always get plugged into him as our power source.  Additionally, we begin to hold some old things closer and closer until the cord is stretched and pulls out of the plug.  It’s not uncommon to suddenly feel like the promises of God are empty and unusable.  Are you experiencing a growing anxiety and fear?  Do you feel distant, or lack that deep sense of joy?  Perhaps some things have been left unplugged.  Take stock of your relationships, habits, and practices and ask God to reveal what needs to be plugged in.  We could certainly experience a blackout in our national electrical grid, but the power of Jesus is always available!  As Peter put it: By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  2 Peter 1:3–8 (NLT).  Get plugged in!

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