Wednesday, June 17, 2009

When the Power Goes Out

The other night we had a severe thunderstorm watch for our area until 8:00 p.m. but the storms seemed to be staying a little east of our farm in Mississippi. And then it happened! Just before 7:00 the sky got almost black and the clouds rolled in. Raindrops pelted against the windows and the tin roof. Trees were bending in the wind. Before I knew it the power went out and the voice of the weather man on TV and the hum of the air conditioner were gone. Only the sound of the rain and thunder was left. We are so used to having electrical power that when we are without it we feel almost helpless! No fans. No air conditioning. No TV. No radio. Worry about the freezers getting too warm.

It's pretty amazing to realize that the thunder storm that caused our power outage had more than enough electrical energy in it's lightening to run all the appliances in our homes! One form of power taking away another form of power!

I immediately started trying to call our local electrical power company but could only get a busy signal for more than an hour. By then the storm had passed over and things had, thankfully, cooled off. With the windows open I could feel a cool breeze blowing. A little after 8:00 I was finally able to get the after-hours electric company's dispatcher and tell her our power was off. I was hoping that it would be back on in an hour or so but it would eventually take about 13 hours to get power restored. The clean-up crew stayed up all night to get people's power back on.

Have you ever felt like you had the power turned off in your spiritual life? I have! Usually it's like that thunderstorm we kind of power taking away another kind of power. Never underestimate the power of Satan. He tried to use it to conquer even Jesus when he tempted Him in Luke 4: 6 “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.” But Satan's power was overcome with the power of Almighty God. (I Chronicles 29: 11) “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thing; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.”

Being without power can be scary sometimes. Especially if it happens during the night. The same is true spiritually. It's scary being without God's power in our life! Job said this...(Job 26: 2 ) “How hast thou helped him that is without power? How savest thou the arm that hath no strength?” Isaiah had a good answer....(Isaiah 40: 29) “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

Sometimes the reason we have no spiritual power is because we have never been saved. Oh, we may be religious. We may even be a member of a church. We may outwardly look like a Christian but not possess any power because we have never really trusted what Jesus did on the cross to be enough to take us to heaven! (2 Timothy 3: 5) “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Jesus has the perfect remedy for the powerless life! (John 1: 12 ) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

As Christians, we have immediate access to God the Father and to His power in our lives! (2 Samuel 22: 33 ) “God is my strength and power: And he maketh my way perfect.”

I love how the old hymn puts it: "There is power, power, wonder working the precious blood of the Lamb!"



Lisa said...

Some days it's as if we stand there with our cord in our hand,looking directly at the outlet, wondering why we have no power.
When all we have to do is plug in His power and run the race He has marked out for us.
Blessings ~ Lisa

Anonymous said... power, I've lived through that lots of times, especially as a kid, and sometimes as an adult.

What a 'powerful' post. It really got me to thinking. thank you.

I'll be singing that hymn to myself all day. "There's power in the blood...."


LisaShaw said...

I can see that God is using the "weather" to minister in all of our lives right now. Awesome sharing!

Blessings and peace to you dear sister.

Liesa said...




Samantha said...

Very touching post, thank you for this blessing !

Derek said...

Thanks for your words they always lift my spirit I so much enjoy reading them.

Peggy said...

Very timely and Isaiah had a very insightful answer didn't he? Our power was also out for a couple of
days and we truly do appreciate it more when it comes back on. Praise the Lord for all of the good
things that he has given to us! Hope you are having a very good week.
With Love,

Leah said...

Great, great analogy Marilyn. Satan thinks he has more power than Christ and he certainly wants us to think that. Thankfully, Jesus' power is far, far greater than Satan's and one day Satan will find out just how little power he truly has. Come Lord Jesus!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

And sometimes we don't have "power" because we fail to ask for it! That's where I am. You have gently convicted me to get into the Word today and rest in the power of Jesus Christ, not in mine.

Thanks, friend.


Tulabell said...

Thank you so much, I need to know this so and you are the second person that has written about it. I am a new Christian and still learning these things and am often tricked by the enemy that the Holy Spirit has left me becuase I have done wrong or something...thank you for afirming my need to always go back to the Word rather than listen to my "feelings"

Runner Mom said...

Hey, Marilyn! Thanks so much for visitng my blog! Elaine and I had a great time together! She is just precious!

We've had some of those same nasty storms in SC as well! Not fun! Your post on this is a wonderful reminder that God is more powerful than satan--trust and obedience!

I'll be back to visit. I'm picking up child #2 from camp at lunch! Oh...I miss that little one! Have a great day, my friend!


Joyful said...

Great post Marilyn!!!! WOW!!! Driving home tonight from our holiday we had a CD on in the car. One of the songs that was ministering to my heart has lyrics that say, "I want to see Your power."

Needing to tap into all that is already mine in Christ,