Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Chronicles 16:11
Like most homes in our Western world, our house has electrical appliances and gadgets that make some of our daily jobs around the house a bit easier.
Every now and then a blip happens with one or another of those gadgets. This morning I switched on the laptop and…nothing happened!
Now, when this happened, I didn’t sit there, looking at the non-functioning laptop , praying “Lord, come and fill my laptop with power, in Jesus name” How silly would that be? There was a simple explanation for the lack of power, and a quick solution; plug it into the power source.
So it is in my own life. I’m not designed to go it alone; I need to be ‘plugged into the Power Source’, The Holy Spirit; keeping my spiritual battery fully charged, ready to go.
Psalm 91 tells us of all the wonderful promises of shelter, protection, and fellowship with God that await those who “dwell” in the shelter of The Most High (The Lord) – note that it says dwell – to live in, abide in – not to visit occasionally.
God’s power fills this whole universe. The evidence of His power is all around us and lives inside every Christian, whether you’re feeling it right at this moment or not. But we so often tire ourselves out, running our spiritual batteries down by trying to live this Christian life separate from Him.
Unplugged Christianity doesn’t work – it’s just empty religion!
I don’t want to live an “unplugged” religious life, such as those described in 2 Timothy 3:5 “having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”
If I try to be self sufficient I’m just going to run out of energy. I need to seek His presence continually – daily; and throughout the day, keeping close to Him:
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
The Power of God
Drop something – what happens? It falls to the floor of course! That’s gravity.
In the same way that there are laws of gravity, nature, light, sound, physics and chemistry, there are God’s ‘Kingdom laws’. I’m not talking about “the Law” as in the Old Testament law, I’m talking about what I like to call God’s “Kingdom laws” – of grace, love and power. These supersede all natural laws.
When God invokes His Kingdom laws, and personally intervenes in the lives of people, we call it a miracle, but to God it’s as natural and normal as gravity is to us. It’s just His way – it’s what He does.
Our God is a supernatural God. He isn’t limited to our ways of thinking or by our natural laws.
Mark 16:17-18 tells us These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.
“Those who believe”
What happens when God prompts you to pray for someone for healing? So often our first response is something like “Um, Lord could you ask someone else? I don’t have enough faith for that.”
But when we are living according to God’s Kingdom Laws, “in the shadow of the Almighty” – that’s when heaven and earth “make contact”. It’s like my laptop, being plugged back in, suddenly the power can flow freely, the laptop isn’t trying to run on the reserves of its battery, it has full access to all the power supply available to it to function as I ask it to. You have the Holy Spirit living in you. He the one who empowers, strengthens, leads.
God is not limited by the things that I think limit me.
It’s only me that is limited by those things!
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.