Friday, March 14, 2014

Get Connected To God by Nina Keegan

  Matthew 19:26

But Jesus looked at them and said,  “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

   As we move through our busy, hectic lives as if on a synchronized mission of daily events that are plotted out in bold headlines on our calendars and "to do" lists, we realize the importance we have placed on functioning technology to pull us along and keep us gripped to our everyday schedules while allowing us to efficiently manipulate and accomplish many tasks in our daily lives. 

Without our little electronic gadgets we'd be lost!  We've become so reliant on these mini strongholds that without them we would feel as though we've lost all coping methods and links to the outside world! How did humans ever function without  a smart phone ? What would we really miss if we were unplugged for just a day? Try an hour... 

Our cell phones, and computers require charging and to be plugged into a power source so that they will fully function. We need cell towers, Data plans, internet providers, power surge protectors, fire walls, and secure passwords and that's just to be able to be linked to everyone and everything immediately.  It's all for the purpose of making the busy even busier by allowing us to cram more into our 86,400 seconds we have in a day.

 Instant gratification at our constant disposal without giving it second thought..  Many of us do not even own a relic paper version of a calendar any more, and without the electronic reminders and our (see your week at a glance) apps on the glass screen, we would not have a clue what day and time we are to be when and where and with whom.

Have you ever thought about how much trust  and reliance we place in these devices to run our lives?  

How  many times have we  let panic mode set in as our cell phone was losing its charge right when we were expectiing an important call?  Worse yet, have you left home without it?  The horror...

I'm being sarcastic of course... Maybe just a little.

John 15:5

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

This Bible verse arrests me in my thinking and gives me great reason to rethink everything.

What if we would place even the smallest amount of trust in our Lord every day to help us handle everything that the day will bring? What if we stay plugged in and connected to our Creator with unmatched enthusiasm? What if we were to give God the same dedication, reliance and trust that we give to our small plugged in "know-it-alls?"

Would we not have the most amazing life if we started our days supercharged in the Lord and completely connected to the ultimate of all power sources? The connection that is always reliable, the one that will never make mistakes, the one that is never subject to error, the one that can't break down or become obsolete.The one source that can never be hacked, breeched, or compromised! The highly functional, trustworthy, super intelligent, miraculous, knowledge filled, omniscient Creator of our minds, kind of  connection that  can conclusively never fail! 

The one who made us knows us better than we could ever know ourselves. He knows our thoughts and needs and can take care to bring resolution, answers, and peace to our days . We can cast our cares on Him and trust Him to see us through triumphantly.

Apart from God, we can do nothing.. Zilch, NOTHING!!  This means we are incapable of accomplishing anything on our own. We require God in our lives to even breathe. HE is our oxygen, God is necessary! We must rely on Him to do undoubtedly anything else. 

When John 15:5 declared that God is the vine and we are the branches; it proves we must stay connected to our main source. Branches cannot live without a tree or a vine as their host. They need to be attached to a mainstay. They, like us need a place where we are fed, nourished, recharged, made equipped to bear fruit, accomplish, serve and live out our divine purpose. 

God is the power source and by us being the branches stemming from the vine we are plugging into God and simultaneously we become filled up with all that we need. We as humans and Children of God require the recharging so to speak that we get from being connected to our very own Creator in the same way we must plug in a lamp in order for it to give off light!

Without it's power source what good is a lamp? It is just a useless piece of metal glass and wire incapable of functioning in the purpose for which it was created.

Likewise what good are we? What purpose are we serving if we aren't fully charged and plugged in to our power source every day?  We need to be fully charged in The Lord to work properly and in the direction of our divine purpose through Him. We also need to be a light!  With out our source we too will be a broken lamp in the darkness.

God wants a “yes” from you.

Sometimes the greatest battle is not fought against external opposition but rather in our own decision making to yield our will to God’s word.  We must start our days filled with the word of God, seeking God and his righteousness first and before anything else. Then we will be anointed and equipped  to handle all things through Christ. He is unfailing. 

Jeremiah 17:5-9 

   Thus says The Lord, " the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Stay fully connected to the divine love and wisdom of your Heavenly Father, the one who created you by wholeheartedly trusting in Him. By praying, reading The Word and following His deep and divine purpose for your life, you will stay rooted in Him. Worship Him and surrender your days to Jesus Christ. Without our main power source we can do nothing, we are nothing. Like a branch pruned from the vine, it will surely die.

Stay connected to God and LIVE!

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me – Philippians 4:13

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