BLOG TOPIC: SIGNS THAT YOU’RE IN NEED OF AN UPGRADE
I think that most of us can attest to the fact that anything that is manmade can and will wear out. During the past several years, I have had to replace many things around my house. My house was built in 1956 so it is quite old. Within the last four years, I have done some major repairs. I have replaced windows, doors, upgraded the tile in my bathroom, and installed a new garage door. More recently, I have replaced the garage door, sump pump and an entire electrical system.
No one enjoys the expense that comes with having to replace appliances and systems that help to power your home, but at times it is absolutely necessary for your health, safety, and well-being. Here are some signs that your electrical panel needs to be replaced. I am giving this example because I want to get to the point this blog.
SIGNS THAT YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE CHECKED AND OR REPLACED:
1. Frayed or bent wires due to age, pinching or piercing are indicators of an electrical issue.
2. Burn marks when you touch an outlet or switch is another indicator of wear or tear. The outlet or switch should always be cool to the touch and not hot.
3. If you have to reset your circuit breakers constantly because of them being overloaded, there may be too much strain on the system, which could lead to a fire.
4 If you touch an appliance and it gives you a tingly feeling or a slight shock, you may need to have the wires that connect to your appliance checked.
5. If you have not looked behind your refrigerator, stove, washer or dryer, including any other appliance that is too heavy to move, you may have pesky critters that have chewed through the wires.
Most of us have experienced the slowing down of our computers, the slowing down of outdated cellphones which take longer to charge, or we drive cars that are older models which guzzle up more gas than the newer models; some of us have instruments and appliances that we would like to replace with a newer version or model.
If you are looking for a word, to sum up, what we have been talking about, that word is: “UPGRADE,” That word has been embedded in our brain. Companies like, Direct T.V. Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc badger us all the time about upgrading our devices. Car dealerships are always wooing us trying to get us to upgrade to the newest model of their particular brand of car.
Well, as I so often say: “So it is in the natural, so it is in the “spirit.” God is always ready, willing and able to give an “UPGRADE,” to all who desire to go higher in the things of God. You cannot put new wine in old wineskins.
If we look closely at the indicators that we mentioned previously, we see that many of those signs can be appropriately aligned to the symptoms many of the saints are experiencing in their flesh. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we need to renew our minds daily. We need to have our minds transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must not conform to the whims and ways of the world. We must not lean unto our own understanding, but in everything, we must acknowledge Him.
We are to be salt and light. Saints, we are in the world, but must not be of the world. When our wires cross with that of the world, when we compromise with this worlds' system, we are headed for a major burnout! Compromise with the world’s system will eventually lead to a power outage. The little power that you do have, will be taken away, as you yield to the pressures of this world. The human slant is always towards sin because we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity.
Partnering up with the world will cause us to become frayed and detached from our power source, which is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will begin to act just like the people in the world, who make the “Truth,” sound like a lie. We will begin to fall for the lies of satan, hook line, and sinker! Beloved, we must check for frayed and bent wires in our spiritual lives. Let's look at another sign that bears out that you may be in need of an upgrade in your electrical system. We will look in the natural first, and then try to apply a spiritual principle.
2. If you get burn marks when you touch an outlet or switch, you may need to check your electrical system or connection.
The Bible tells us that Christians must mortify the deeds of the flesh. We must keep our flesh in subjection and make it do godly and not ungodly things (Romans 8:13). There are many ways demonic forces can enter our bodies. We have five senses; our sense of taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing. The enemy can use any of these entrances to house his demons. We must not give him access, lest we get burned, meaning fall into temptation and sin. The mouth is the area that the devil targets the most.
The Bible says that: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21). Through our words, we give demons legal access to in our lives. If our confession is negative and full of worry and doubt, we will open the door to the enemy. Our negative confession gives the devil legal access to wreak havoc in our lives.
Our eyes are another entrance the enemy can use to shape our thinking. Luke 11:34 says, “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy your body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness (ESV). The eyes are called the lamp of the body because they have the ability to bring light into the dark areas of our lives. They show and illuminate truth, love, and revelation, something the devil and his demons do not want you to receive. So if you do not want to get burned by the devil, stay away from even the appearance of sin. Guard all the entryways of your body, including your ears, why? Because; “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Additionally, we have the sense of “Taste,” The Bible says touch not taste not, handle not; which all are to perish with using ;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? (Col 2:21-21). If we want to stay pure and sanctified, meet for the service of the Lord, we cannot allow ourselves to get burned and shocked by the wiles, schemes, and tricks of the devil.
I didn’t expect this to be this long, therefore, I will continue tomorrow. We are talking about the fact that we need an UPGRADE! And thank God, what we received on the fiftieth day after Jesus’ Resurrection, on the Day of PENTECOST, THE FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TOUCHED DOWN ON THE 120 DISCIPLES THAT WERE GATHERED IN THE UPPER ROOM. PRAISE GOD. THANK GOD FOR THE POWER AND THE AUTHORITY TO USE HIS NAME