Wired for Success Through the Spirit

I am not an electrician but I do use electrical items on a daily basis and what I recognize is that even the best made electrical item has a weakness:

It contains delicate parts which can be destroyed or damaged under certain conditions.

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Very often, if not always, those electrical items cannot function effectively or at all without those delicate parts. The manufacturer of the electrical item built it with the best materials and it was wired correctly for success but the item still had that weakness. The weakness was not the fault of the manufacturer. The weakness is a natural part of life on earth. The strongest tree can be uprooted. The strongest house can be destroyed. Everything in the world is vulnerable to something greater than itself.

The delicate parts of an electrical item are similar to the delicate parts of the human being. Those delicate parts are our heart and our soul (mind, will and emotions). The strongest person can suffer from a broken heart. The most intelligent person can lose their mind. Human beings can do extraordinary things. They can build extraordinary things. However, we all have a weakness:

We contain delicate parts which can be destroyed or damaged under certain conditions.

Our weakness was not the fault of our manufacturer. In the beginning:

God created the Heavens and the earth…And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was VERY GOOD…(Gen.1:31 KJV)

Everything that God made in the beginning was very good. However, mankind had some delicate parts which needed to be guarded on a continual basis. If these parts were not guarded then mankind would become subject to death. God told Adam:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Gen.2:17 KJV)

God created Adam in His own image and after His own likeness. God crowned Adam with glory and honour (Psalm 8:5). However, there was a commandment (a rule or law) that Adam had to observe if he wanted to be free from death. We all know about instruction manuals. These manuals give us information about the product; how to assemble it and how to operate it but these manuals also inform us how to  of the product to ensure that it remains in good working order for as long as possible. Sometime we ignore the ‘warnings’ of the manufacturer and we treat that product in many different ways. Then one day we find that the product is not working or not working efficiently. In those times we cannot blame the manufacturer. The manufacturer wired that product for success and gave us the instructions on how to protect it but the user had different plans.

God wired human beings for success and warned them of the danger of making the wrong decision concerning the ‘forbidden fruit’. However, they still made the wrong decision because they were led by the wrong thing. We know we have weaknesses as human beings but God has made a way for us to overcome those weaknesses:

Being led by the Holy Spirit

Adam was led by Eve. Eve was deceived by the Serpent and led by her desire for the ‘forbidden fruit’. As a result we all became weak to sin but God has given us the victory through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus overcame sin by giving His life for the entire world on the cross. Because of His sacrifice all who believe in Jesus are able to receive the Holy Spirit and all who are led by the Holy Spirit will overcome their weaknesses:

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8: NIV)

Dear Christian: Only Believe!

Christianity is a life of believing. There are certain actions which you would expect from a person who does a certain job. Fishermen catch fish. Pilots fly aircraft. Writers write books, articles, blogs, etc. I grew up in a Fishing Community. There is a Fish Market and around the Fish Market there are fishing boats. At some point in time these boats were used by fishermen to go catch fish. These fishermen would leave their families and go over the sea to find fish. Fishermen would spend days on the open sea to catch fish. They also knew what kind of fish they were looking for and some probably even knew where to look.  If a fisherman decides to stop catching fish on a daily basis and becomes involved in another job, he is no longer a fisherman. Even if he keeps fishing as a hobby, he can no longer be classified as a fisherman. Fishing on a consistent basis is what fishermen do.

Believing on a consistent basis is what Christians do. Christians believe a specific message; the message of salvation from the God Who created the heavens and the earth. Jesus told His disciples to preach that message and He told them what would happen to those who believed that message:

15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach THE GOSPEL to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:15-16 KJV)

Some people ‘believe’ that Christians are fools and are simply ignoring reality and science. Some people ‘believe’ that there is no God. Some people ‘believe’ that the Bible is just another work of fiction. Jesus said that there would be two categories of persons who respond to the message of salvation (the gospel):

  1. Those who believe
  2. Those who do not believe

Dear Christian, if you are reading this you are among those who believe. Those who do not believe were not there when you heard the message of salvation and believed it. Those who do not believe were not there when your heart was filled with joy and peace after you believed. You became a Christian by believing in a message which you know to be true. This message came from the God you know exists. It is a message about Christ, the Son of God. This is the message you believe. Therefore, stay in the category of believers and do not let those who do not believe persuade you otherwise. You are a believer so:

                                                                     Only Believe!

By Corey Beckles