I still remember changing my first battery in my car. I had a 1971 Chevelle Malibu, with a 350 cu engine, four-barrel quadrajet carburetor and a four-bolt main. I enjoyed working on it and going fast. But the first time I changed the battery was an absolute nightmare. The bolts that held the cables on were fused together. They had corroded and became fused to themselves and the post.
The only way to get them apart was to cut the cables and replace them with new ones. The question for each of us is what are we fused to? Are we so fused to the Holy Spirit that when He speaks we listen? When He moves we follow? The reason that we're often so weak is because we are not fused with what makes us strong.
If we want to be able to overcome temptation and live a life of victory we must be fused, we must feed our Spirit and be connected to the One who can help us escape when we are tempted.
I asked you what area are you in need of feeding and asked for you not to work on all three but just one. Is it that you need to feed your spirit with prayer, with God's Word or with the right people. Remember our key passage from 1 Corinthians 10:13, "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
The reality is, when we are doing life God’s way. When we’re fused with His Spirit and people, when we’re strengthened in prayer, when we’re feeding on His word, then when we’re weak, which is all the time, His strength is made perfect through us.
I want keep this thought before you, that we have no obligation to sin but to live in the freedom of His love, grace and power.
Looking forward to growing closer to the One we need and to each other. See you Sunday!
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene