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All Stopped Up
5/16/2011

All Stopped Up
Having The Form But Denying The Power

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:2-5 (NKJV)

I don't know about you, but every time Spring arrives it brings forth the allergy season to my life.  My sinuses go crazy as pollen now fills the air I breathe.  I used to think it was a spring cold, but eventually found out I was like millions of other people who suffer with allergies.  I think the worse part of allergies is when the ears and nose get plugged up.  It is a feeling of being claustrophobic when my body cannot do what it was designed to do. Its as if the power and ability to breathe has been put on hold.

As I thought about my allergies I begin to think about how we all suffer from this same sort of thing in our spiritual walk as christian men and women.  Let me explain.  Our body is a vessel of God and it was designed to honor God and to worship Him.  Everything we do and allow to flow through our life should reflect Him and His grace and love.  When we sin, it causes us to become all stopped up spiritually.  The power and abilities once available to us through the Holy Spirit have been stopped.

Thankfully God has provided a way for us to atone for the sin in our life, and the way He chose was to send His Son Jesus to die upon the cross.  Once we have come to God through Jesus to confess and repent of our sin we are forgiven, and the power of the Holy Spirit is restored.  

Unfortunately there are many people who identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ who consistently walk around all stopped up - not willing to rid themselves of the sin causing the stoppage. The effect of this choice is they may have the form of godliness but they are denying its power (2 Tim. 3:5).  I think one of the reasons this happens is because even though someone may think they want God's salvation, they're not necessarily looking for the transformation of their lives - they would rather continue to live the way they want to live.  

I also believe there are many believers who truly desire to have a relationship with God but they too, are denying His power in their Christian walk as well.  This happens when they freely choose to not allow God to do what He would like through them - things such as praying for another person, or sharing Jesus.  It can be just about anything - the point is they are choosing if and when He is allowed to demonstrate His grace, love and glory through them.

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

The way I see it, we are not to pick and choose when and how God's power is used in our life.  It should be His choice to do amazing things through us when He chooses, not when we say its okay or we feel like it.  This is what it means for Him to be Lord or our lives.  

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to ask the Lord if there is any sin in your life causing a power outage in your walk.  Once you have allowed Him to clean out these areas, now relinquish all your personal rights to refrain from being used by God in whatever capacity He chooses.  Let's not merely have an outward appearance of God in our life let's have the power of God flowing through our life.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 1:8, what did Jesus promise us as His followers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see the power of God being manifested in your life?  Are you allowing God to use you in whatever capacity He desires, or are you setting limits?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord daily asking for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit.  Now ask God to use you mightily.  

Father, thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit.  Thank You for allowing me to have amazing power through You.  Help me to see the opportunities You have laid before me and to allow You to do all You desire through me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
 


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