“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3) Memory Verse
I love the story about a young pastor who shares about the first time he pastored a church. It was a small church with lots of traditions. When Sunday arrived, the young pastor was excited about giving his first sermon. He stepped up to the pulpit to present his message, but instantly he was interrupted by an elderly woman who called out, “Turn on Jesus!” Surprised by the interruption, he thought to himself, “Maybe I don’t sound spiritual enough.” He deepened his voice and began again. The elderly woman called out a second time, “Turn on Jesus!” This time the shaken pastor paused and prayed for God to pour out the Holy Spirit, but the woman interrupted once more, “Turn on Jesus!” As he anxiously cleared his throat, shuffled his notes, and loosened his collar, one of the deacons approached the pulpit and whispered in the pastor’s ear explaining what the woman meant. Pointing to the picture of Jesus that hung on the wall behind the pulpit, the deacon explained the old tradition to the young pastor. Each Sunday, before the retired preacher spoke, he took the cord that hung from the picture and plugged it into the outlet, therefore, turning on Jesus.
How often do we forget or fail to take the time to plug into our source?
Practicing the Presence of God is easy when the first thing we do each day is plug into our source. And what a source it is! In Christ we have power to resist temptation. Doubt is replaced by faith and we have all the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, godliness and self-control. That’s only the beginning.
Our challenge today is to abide. Find a place where you can unplug from the world and plug into the resources of Christ. You want be disappointed.
For the comment section, share how you stay connected to God and how it brings peace to your heart.
Side Note: I’ll be having shoulder surgery tomorrow to fix a torn rotator cuff. I plan to post on Friday, but if that’s not the case, please hang in there. The doctor said I won’t be able to use my arm for a week or so. but, I plan to pre-post what I can.
Also, I love your faithfulness to study God’s Word allowing it to transform your life. Little by little as you apply what you’ve learned about having a faith stronger than your fear, you’ll experience more and more freedom. I love my sister’s in Christ!