Jump-start! [Spiritual Sundays]

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I just got done filling my car with gas this morning, tired after a busy night’s work. To my surprise, when my engine wouldn’t start! There was no indication of the battery being low. But it just didn’t have enough power it seemed every time I turned on the ignition.

Our car had only been 2 years old and for the battery to run out of juice, that was just too soon! Of all days to happen, my husband was many miles away, leaving home early to go to an important appointment. I called my teenage son to let him know that I was already near home, except that I was stuck at the gas station. At that point, I had already called our insurance’s roadside assistance… just waiting for the tow truck to either try to give me a “jump-start” or worse, just to tow the car.

The roadside assistance was great, updating me how soon the tow truck would arrive. After 30 minutes of patiently waiting as I sipped my morning caffeine to keep me up, the big man arrived and parked right next to my car. He tried giving me a “jump-start” right away and barely I turned the ignition and the car started right away!

To my relief! As I was already getting exhausted at that time. He gave me an advice to check the warranty as he felt, too that it was too soon for the battery to be depleted with power.

Driving back to the familiar roads, my son, after praying for me, told me that it could be the use of power doors, too that could be one of the reasons why it happened as using them for over 10 times, used just more power.

Thinking about this incident as I headed home, another incident came to my mind. Of how often we use the power doors in our hearts and minds as we battle with making decisions daily. What stays? Good or bad things? As we choose to keep those things that can harm us spiritually, we deplete the Holy Spirit’s power in us. The very power that makes us, His vessel move!

We often have that choice. To choose to yield or not yield control of our lives to the Holy Spirit. Poor choices quench the Spirit of God. They grieve Him. They feed our old nature. Thus, they prevent us from being filled.

It is not by “praying” for the Holy Spirit’s filling that accomplishes the filling. It is our obedience to God that maintain that filling. When we discover the ill choices that we let in through those power doors in our hearts and minds, we must be quick to immediately confess it to God and renew our commitment with Him to be Spirit-filled and Spirit-led.

Lord, give me a “jump-start” starting today!



29 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your story and analogy. So important to be obedient and continually renew our committment to God...
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  2. I liked that, we all need a jump start every now and then. Thank-you for sharing this story with us. I liked your analogy. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
    Ginger

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  3. Oh Rosel first of all I am sooo glad they were able to start your car right up and that you were ok! Praying you were able to rest and be refreshed today!
    "What stays? Good or bad things? As we choose to keep those things that can harm us spiritually, we deplete the Holy Spirit’s power in us."
    THIS is right on Rosel!!! I just LOVE how you teach us every single day with each situation that comes to you daily. The Lord has blessed you with a teaching gift!! I am soo thankful for you operating in your gift each and everyday!
    I am so thankful for the gift of your friendship, your prayer covering and the Love and Support you give me ALWays!
    Bless you my friend.....love you so!

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  4. This was such a good post. And soo true. We need to re fuel ourselves on the Holy Spirit everyday or we find ourselves trying to run on empty. Have a truly blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving. Love, Debbie

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  5. I am so glad God loves us enough to give us those jump starts when we need them.

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  6. Oh boy! I had just this week planned my day so I could have time with the Lord in prayer BEFORE I got busy for the day. How often things get busy and He gets put on the back burner. Great post! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  7. Such a good word and illustration. Love the song, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Ah, how your message has touched me this evening! I read and listened to these lyrics ... then read and listened once more.
    Isn't it so awesome that we've one another here at S/S to act as "chargers" lifting each other in His light!

    I hope your new week is filled with unimagined blessings!

    Myra

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  9. Batteries don't last long in Arizona. I guess the heat just takes it out of them (kind of like it does people sometimes.) It is a helpless feeling when the car won't start. We had a helpless feeling last Sunday morning when we went into the garage and tried to open the door to get the car out to go to church and the garage door wouldn't open. The spring was broken and we couldn't get it fixed until Monday.
    I like the way you compared the run down battery to the spiritual life.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  10. Glad you finally made it home after a hard night's work. You are so good at making comparisons. We pray for God's guidance through His Holy Spirit.

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  11. Great post Rcubes! Jump start in the Lord! Wonders of wonders! Thank you for sharing. Blessed me today. Hugs....

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  12. Love the illustration for jump starting our time with Jesus.

    Pass me the jumper cables. :)

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  13. I need a jump start today. Going to pray....wait on Him...then do what He wants. Thanks RCube and have a great day. Sarah

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  14. What a wonderful lesson that came from your dead battery! I love how those lessons and reminders come to us! We all could use those 'jump-starts'. :)

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  15. I could use a jump start most every morning. =) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and for commenting on my blog. Have a great Thanksgiving week!

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  17. Oh, this is so good today...I need a jump start every day, and I like what Charlotte said about batteries not lasting long in the heat...isn't that the way it is when we are in the fire? Our batteries need to be recharged even more during trials and tribulations, but we have that wonderful cable that reaches to heaven and the Lord hears out call for help.

    Thanks so much for sharing this great story and illustration of our need for Him.

    God bless you!

    Mary

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  18. As always dear sister thanks for sharing great truths with us and yes, Lord, give me a jump-start today and every day. His presence is what jump starts me. Amen.

    Love you sister and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  19. What an excellent analogy.

    May we not let in those things that would drain our ability to submit to God's will and Spirit and may we participate in those things that build us up in Him.

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  20. Hi Rosel,
    What a great illustration! Glad you got your car started so soon! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week and Thanksgiving on Thursday.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  21. Rosel,
    I love getting my battery charged for Jesus! Like my pastor says it is Jesus pouring out and over us HIS HOLY SPIRIT. Thankful God is taking care of you my friend.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Bren

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  22. Good analogy. I am starting a new job Monday morning. I sure need a positive charge on a jump start.

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  23. It is not by “praying” for the Holy Spirit’s filling that accomplishes the filling. It is our obedience to God that maintain that filling. When we discover the ill choices that we let in through those power doors in our hearts and minds, we must be quick to immediately confess it to God and renew our commitment with Him to be Spirit-filled and Spirit-led."

    Repentance is not a one-time act. The repentance that takes place at conversion begins a progressive, lifelong process of confession (1 John 1:9). This active, continuous attitude of repentance produces the poverty of spirit, mourning. and meekness Jesus spoke of in the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-6). It is a mark of every true believer.

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  24. I like your illustration and application! Unless we stay connected to the power source, our own battery will run down and we will be spiritually depleted. How did Jesus stay "up" for the incredible mission he had to fulfill? He stayed connected with his Father through prayer. Good post.

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  25. Such a great word sis, bless you.

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  26. I like that. The Lord is our power source and when we turn to Him we are jump started.

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  27. I hear a lot of people say "I'm praying and praying, and God doesn't hear me." I suspect obedience may be the key. God says those who obey His commands are the ones that love Him. May we walk in righteousness and obedience.

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  28. Rosel, I am so glad they were able to get your car started. What a great story.

    Hope you have a wonderful week. I need to get some veggie recipes from you... I know you will be cooking with that wine and if you take a sip of wine... I mean coffee... do a cheers to me LOL... You know you are the best. Blessings my great friend, Audrey

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  29. I just loved this analogy to jump starting a car's battery! Thank you so much for sharing this with us on Spiritual Sunday. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!


    Blessings,
    Jean

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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