Monday, August 19, 2013

A Spiritual Lift

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.  -I Corinthians 2:4 (KJV)

Not many of us would deliberately put a finger into an electrical outlet, yet I heard about a young man who nearly did.  Many years ago, a friend told of how as a young boy he once dared another boy to stick a piece of wire into an electrical outlet.  Well, you know the old saying about how boys will be boys.  The young man proceeded to take up the dare and received a painful jolt.  Fortunately, he was not injured, yet he no doubt learned a lesson about the power of electricity.

There will be times in our lives when we feel we need a jolt, a spark, or something to get us going.  This explains at least in part the success of energy drinks.  This multimillion dollar industry caters to those who feel they need that extra lift to help them through the day.  I confess I have drunk an energy drink or two, but they failed to produce the desired effect.  I felt a lift for an hour or so, but then I wanted to take a nap.  So, I have decided when I need a lift I will perhaps drink a cup of coffee, a glass of water, take a brisk walk, or better yet, engage in a vigorous workout.  This works well for the physical, but we know we also daily need a spiritual lift as well.

God’s Word speaks of the power of Christ in us given through the Holy Spirit.  Paul the Apostle spoke of how his preaching was nothing fancy nor did he seek to use human wisdom as a means for reaching people with the gospel.  Instead, he stated his preaching was a demonstration of Holy Spirit power.  It worked, because Paul led countless people to Jesus Christ and began churches all across the ancient Mediterranean world.  He did not allow his own weaknesses or human frailties to keep him from accomplishing the work God had given him to do.

Often we feel unable to do what the Lord has called us to accomplish.  Like Paul, Christ calls us to rely upon His power rather than our own.  Here we have access to a wonderful lift in Jesus Christ.  He empowers us to do His work, and He gives power for day-to-day living.  God knows life is challenging, and no doubt you are facing numerous challenges right now.  By the power of Christ, we move forward despite weaknesses, failings, and yes, plain old fatigue. 

Walk with the Lord each day in faith.  Learn to view problems as opportunities to grow in Christ.  Each new challenge we face is a possibility for personal and spiritual growth.  Seek the Lord each day in prayer and meditation on His Word, and then walk forward in spiritual victory.  A blessed spiritual “lift”  is certain to come.

God bless you today.