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Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)
TITLE: Our Downloaded Source
By Louis Detweiler
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We download our energy from the son, Jesus Christ. He is our source of strength and courage. He gives us hope. We are renewed by his limitless energy. Jesus Christ teaches us to pray, love one another, and love the Lord thy God. God is the father of our savior Jesus Christ. We can live out our lives through Christ’s shining example and teachings.
How do we upload? We don’t upload our own selfish devices and our own selfish schemes. Because when we upload our own selfish ways to God they are usually thwarted unless they are in step with God’s will. We upload our prayers to God and we upload our wisdom to the people around us. We upload our fears, problems, and desires to God in a desperate plea for his mercy, peace, and wisdom. Through God’s answers we are able to have peace here on earth.
Does God answer our prayers? God always answers. His answers might be answers that we don’t like to hear. Sometimes God is quiet. Sometimes God says be patient and wait. Sometimes God says strange things. Why would God give us strange directions when we need logical reasoning to help solve our problems?
In the battle for the city of Jericho God had an angel tell Joshua, the King of Israel, to have the army march around the city of Jericho for seven days. God wanted the army to march around the city once each day for six days and then on the seventh day have the army march around the city seven times. After marching around the city seven times the army was supposed give a loud shout. This was supposed to destroy the walls of Jericho. After King Joshua did what the Lord had told him to do – it worked. The army of King Joshua destroyed the people inside the city of Jericho. How many of us would actually do what the Lord asked if he told us to fight a battle like that? What faith is God asking us to possess?
I have studied engineering for over twenty years. I have designed plenty of circuits and written a lot of software code. I have earned a professional status as an engineer. I have passed Microsoft certificate tests. I have devoted myself to engineering. Yet, I’m inclined to write. I’ve always enjoyed writing but as a young man I steered clear of writing because I knew writers don’t make good money.
Now, as I advance in years I see the world from a different perspective. Ministers and pastors make more money than me. I think even social workers make more money than me. For all my efforts to work as an engineer and make good money, I’ve been thwarted.
I download the word of God into my daily life through prayer, meditation, memorizing, studying, reading, and hearing. Using all my senses, I am able to equip myself with the word of God. To upload all this valuable information is to do the will of God. However, to upload the information is only half the battle. Action speaks louder than words. I am supposed to use this information to glorify God.
One way I can glorify God is to equip others so they may glorify God by bringing peace, grace, and strength to others. My writing can inspire others to become more Christ like. I am reminded how the tape “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul” inspires writers to keep on writing. Sometimes it may seem our endless toil with words is nothing but useless drudgery. But maybe our work is what the God wants us to do to prepare ourselves to do his will. Maybe God is preparing us to develop persistence, patience, and perseverance.
The method of spreading God’s word through writing can inspire others to write, filling the minds and hearts of many people with hope. We, you and I, are called to write. As Christian writers our writing is to reflect God’s will. We pray the wisdom we download from Jesus Christ can be uploaded to the people around us as well as uploaded in our prayers to God for his peace here on earth.
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