All the lights were out on my street during a powerful hurricane one year. Our house phone was dead and all electric outlets had no power. How were we going to contact family to let them know we were was ok? Then my husband had one of those “Duh” moments. He reminded me that as long as there is gas in car we could connect our chargers to the car and recharge our cell phones. The connection worked!
Every day during the recovery time after the hurricane we recharged our phones in the car until the power inside the house returned. As long as our phones were charged we could communicate with family and friends. This gave us not only hope but comfort.
I thought about that time today when walking with a neighbor. We reflected on the need to plug up our phones daily in order to get that connection to our internet, family and friends. We both wondered “What would we do if the Internet shut down.?” Wow, talk about rocking your world.
Yet, we were reminded how important it is to connect spiritually every day if we expected any power or wisdom from the Lord on a daily basis. We equated the need to connect with our phones with the need to connect spiritually -it is or should be a MUST.
We are right now living in a critical time in our history. The drama of the pandemic demands that we not rely totally on our natural physical and mental inclinations toward our fears, worries, bias, and judgements.
Romans 12:2 (NIV) says, ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We cannot turn fears into faith and worry into worship or transform bias and mental judgements unless we connect not just to man’s wisdom but the renewing of our minds with a live connection to the Lord. So, I was reminded today of the importance of recharging my spiritual battery DAILY and just like when I overextend my phone’s capacity and may have to recharge it for longer duration I need to sometimes connect more than once a day spiritually.
What about you? Do you strive to recharge your spiritual batteries on a daily basis?
Galatians 5:22-23New American Standard Bible (NASB)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
I pondered over this scripture the day before New Years. I wanted to choose a characteristic that I could pray for maturing for 2020. I struggled. If I choose self-control, I knew that I might be challenged all year with issues that demanded more self-control. If I focused on kindness, would I have to bite my tongue and be kind to people I did not want to be kind to? And patience- am I ready for the drama?
Then it hit me. When I would get anxious over illness, finance, etc I have been repeating to myself to trade in Faith for Fear and Worry for Worship. It is a personal need. I realized that in my effort of choose one of the fruit to mature in 2020 I was experiencing an example of paralysis that takes place when I am FEARFUL.
So, I choose to be Faithful and by the POWER of the Holy Spirit mature in ALL of them!
There are times when I have little patience. I am unkind, feel no joy and in grief do not have peace. In relationships sometimes not kind and not always oozing with goodness.
My husband looked over my shoulder and reminded me that it is indeed FRUIT and not FRUITS. Ah, that makes sense! I no longer need to stress over which one to choose. LOL
I need to not only look to the Lord to mature the fruit in my life but learn how to make banana bread and other goodies when they get ripe. To create from the fruit that is ripe that will satisfy the taste for sweetness and bring happiness to others seems like a good challenge for this year.
What about you? How have you decided to deal with the fruit of the spirit in 2020?
While at the New Years Eve service we to some time between the message, testimonies and praise to do a very personal exercise. This three part exercise should be done with lots of reflection and very little distractions.
The first part is to record the “baggage” you want to leave behind in 2018. Now, since you are doing this exercise in 2019 it is never too late to dump some luggage you should not be carrying around in 2019.
After you fill out the sheet tear it up or shred it. Discard the pieces.
The next two parts are NOT TO BE TOSSED OUT!
Record those things for which you are THANKFUL . They are your praises for 2018 that should be looked at often to remind you of the things God has done in your life. Share them with yourself and others.
The final part are your DREAMS. Remember to believe that some dreams only the Lord himself can make happen. Give those dreams to Him believing in His Possibilities. Can’t He do it?
Post this sheet where you can refer to it. Make more than one copy if you wish. But do be careful to share these dreams only with those who will encourage you and keep you accountable.
If you have NEVER EXPERIENCED anxiety, worry and fear then you must be reading this from another planet. In our human state we will, at some point, experience worry, anxiety and fear.
All three states start in our mind. Then it affects our emotions and bodies. As a result we can find ourselves going from self-medicating to self mutilating. That’s no fun!
This series will explore nuggets in scripture that relate to anxiety, worry and fear. The solutions are are there. It does not mean that ,depending on what state you are currently in, that you may not need additional support. But it does mean that the Word of God is an invaluable part of your therapy.
To start the series we want to share a devotional we read today in The Faith Log. It is about an often overlooked scripture in the book of Job on FEAR.