Monday, August 19, 2019
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Listen while you read: "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart"1 (Lyrics)

The second year that I lived in my summer home — a fifth wheel trailer (or RV) — the dual-power refrigerator quit working via electricity. Through a series of events — partly my fault, partly someone else's — it worked only on propane gas. An RV repairman checked it out and tried a few remedies, but it still worked only on propane. So, I assumed that it wasn't fixable. It continued to consume large amounts of propane for two years in order to keep my refrigerated goods cold or frozen. This meant a few anxious moments when the next propane delivery day didn't coincide with my empty tank.

A few weeks ago, I found a brochure for an "RV MD" — a mobile repair service. I called for an appointment. Mike arrived right on time. He checked the error codes on the refrigerator, then walked to the back of the RV and opened the door that covered all the refrigerator components.

"What's this?" He held up a cord with a plug on the end. "It's not plugged in!" Evidently, the repairman who had come two years before had unplugged it while working and forgot to plug it back in. Mike plugged in the cord, and I excitedly ran into the RV to check. It worked! So, for two years, the only reason my refrigerator didn't work on electricity was because that plug was lying on the bottom of the compartment instead of being plugged in to the power source.

Matthew 22:29 – But Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God." (ESV)

Isn't that like our lives? We become powerless and useless Christians when we're not "plugged in" to the ultimate source of power: God's Holy Spirit. We're like that cord lying on the bottom of the compartment, not good for much of anything — in that position.

2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (NIV 2011)

The ESV states, "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness." Granted or given, it's right there, ready for us to use. On our own, we are powerless to live victorious lives for Him. But if we choose to remain connected to the ultimate source of power — to pick up our cord, so to speak, and plug ourselves in to the power available to us through the Holy Spirit — we have "everything we need for a godly life." It's a choice.

Luke 11:13 – If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (NIV)

Prayer: Father, help us to make it a daily choice to commit our lives to You, to plug in to Your vast sources of power so that there is no doubt about where we get our spiritual strength, wisdom, and energy. We want to live our lives in a godly way, and we can do this only through You. Amen.

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Sharon Cook <craftercook@gmail.com>
Apache Junction, Arizona, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good advice, Sharon.

    Amen Sharon, good one!

    Thanks – I appreciate this.

    Powerful message, thanks and Blessings, Sharon!

    What a great lesson from life! Thanks for sharing that!

    The BEST analogy I’ve seen. Thank you, Sharon. I sent this to my daughter.

    Thank you for sharing these devotional thoughts with us. Many blessings on your day.

    Thank you, Sharon, a very good devotion, do have a good day.

    Excellent, Sharon, and memorable! Love the simplicity and truth that leaps out from your words today. Just what I needed.

    My husband laughed when I shared this. Your writing is an example we will remember and remind ourselves to plug in! Thank you.

    Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your devotional today and for reminding us that being plugged in and in tune to the Spirit of God is Vital.

    Sharon – I am laughing at the unplugged refrigerator and the analogy of inadvertently unplugging from God. Thank you for this message. I feel a bit “unplugged” today. Will take it to Him in prayer. God Bless you

    HI Sharon,
    Another lovely devotional and a great reminder that we need to be “plugged in” to our Source – our Heavenly Father!

    Hi Sharon,
    What an interesting story, sad but interesting. Sometimes the answer to our problems is so obvious, we find that in regular things like you said but also when we are spiritually trying to find out what is wrong.
    Thank you for writing.

    A good object lesson

    Dear Sharon,
    This was wonderful, and so right on!
    Every best wish.

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for the reminder to keep plugged into God’s supreme power.
    Keep writing.

    Dear Sharon,
    I appreciate your powerful message.
    Hung up on my prayer closet door, are these the powerful words of John 15:5.
    My heart aches when I see people unplugged and uninterested in the Lord.
    They are missing out on everything.
    God bless you Sharon!

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