I’m not exactly an outdoorsy person, but I don’t mind blowing leaves. However, last week when I flipped the switch on my electric blower, nothing happened. Bummer. I knew it was either the blower or the power cord.
After a few days of careful observation (just in case the blower did something symptomatic that would tip me off to the problem,) I decided to pull out a new power cord and try it with the blower. Eureka! It was amazing. The blower was much more powerful than I had remembered. I didn’t realize it, but the power cord had been on the fritz for awhile, so I was only getting partial power to the blower. But now with this new power cord, I am unstoppable. Leaves fear me and small yard critters clear a path for me.
Can you recall a time in your walk with God that was a little more powerful? Maybe you went through a season when you sensed the hand of God so powerfully, or God was using you mightily. Perhaps you’ve never had a walk with God like that, but you’ve longed for it. The problem may be your power cord. When you received Christ, the power of God came upon you through the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), but God’s work might be hindered in your life due to spiritual disconnects in your heart.
Ask yourself. Are you:
- Resentful or bitter? Are you angry about a loss in your life? Do you feel frustrated about your schedule or responsibilities? Bitterness is a poison (Acts 8:23) and causes trouble (Heb. 12:15). Before blaming others for your frustrations, examine your own decisions and ask God to bring order to chaos.
- Indulging in sin? Regarding sin in our hearts hinders our communication with God (Psalm 66:18). Sin demands a high price.
- Operating in your own strength? We need the strength of Jesus to do the will of God (John 15:5). We need His guidance and direction to live a satisfying life.
- Holding on to unforgiveness? We need God’s forgiveness, thus we must also forgive (Matt. 6:14-15). Unforgiveness requires a lot of energy from us, and can be the idol of our attention. Choosing to forgive will bring freedom to the forgiver.
I’m thankful for my blower mishap, because it resulted in a more powerful yard tool to make my work more productive and my yard more attractive. How could God’s power flowing full and free change your life?