Avoiding Life's Power Outages

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By Joyce Meyer, Christian Post Guest Columnist
April 2, 2009|2:00 pm

I believe there is always power available to us, but a lot of times, we live without power. It’s like sitting in the dark when you could turn the lights on. Once, I was drying my hair and the hair dryer stopped working. I had a power outage. So the first things I did was figure out what caused me to lose power.

As Christians, when we’re frustrated, miserable, upset, don’t have any peace, don’t have any joy…it will help us if we will just get still long enough to ask, OK, what’s wrong? A lot of times it’s just something that you may need to change. It could be an attitude or a thought pattern.

So the question is: How do we avoid a power outage and live without frustration?

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live (The Amplified Bible). In other words God is saying, “I have set before you life and death, good and evil. Choose.”

We’re always making choices. There’s a broad path and a narrow path. There are two ways to live: in the natural or in the supernatural realm.

In the natural, we try to do everything ourselves, make everything happen ourselves, then succeed for a little bit and fail a lot…succeed for a little bit and fail a lot…and on and on and on. Or, we can live in the supernatural realm—the realm that’s not ordinary.

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The word “supernatural” makes some people think of a mystical, misty realm. But living a supernatural life is still living an ordinary, everyday life. The thing that makes the difference is that God adds His “super” to it. It’s living with God’s help, lifted above all the “junk” of ordinary life, and living with power.

Abraham is a good example of someone who lived a supernatural life. Romans 4:18,19 says, [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be. He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb (The Amplified Bible).

We see here that although Abraham considered his circumstances, he still had enough trust in God to say, “I believe God.” You know why? Because nothing is impossible with God!

There’s no person in your life that God can’t change, no pit so deep He can’t reach down and pull you out, no person He can’t restore, no mind that can’t be renewed, no attitude that can’t be changed—nothing is impossible with God!

But we’re partners with God in this. Without faith it is impossible to please God, and He gives all of us a measure of faith. Now, the only way your faith will grow is if you start using what you have.

Romans 4:20,21 goes on to say, No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised (The Amplified Bible).

Like Abraham, we need to make the decision to live by faith, which is trust and reliance on God, totally leaning on Him. He is omnipotent. He knows everything. He can do everything. He has the power to do everything and He’s good. And He wants to do good things. We just need to learn how to cooperate with God and live supernaturally!

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Author/teacher Joyce Meyer has been helping people overcome life’s problems through biblical keys to practical Christian living since 1976. Her radio and television programs are broadcast throughout the United States and much of the world. For additional information, you may contact Joyce Meyer Ministries at P.O. Box 655, Fenton, Missouri 63026 or visit www.joycemeyer.org.



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