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You have a flashlight.  Oh, you don’t?  Well, now you do.  Just open it up and look inside.  It will tell you exactly what kind of batteries you need to make it work.  Go ahead, look in there.  See it?  Oh, well it’s in there, I promise.  It probably says “Two C Batteries.”  Now put those C batteries under the hood of your car.  If you don’t want to do that then you can just believe me when I tell you it won’t crank.  Why?  Wrong batteries, genius.  In order for objects to operate properly you must have the appropriate power source.  Can you see where this is headed yet?  Good.

In order for you to operate properly as you were created to you must be supplied with the right power source.  Without proper fulfillment you are useless.  So, what’s the right power source?  Some of you might be thinking, “As long as I’ve got my two cups of coffee and cream cheese bagel in the morning I’m set!”  Well, that might work for a while.  But, what I’m talking about isn’t limited to physical energy alone.  Just like your flashlight, you’re created with an empty space where you can put whatever “batteries” you choose.  The world has so many different types of batteries it’s really difficult to choose which ones to use.  Batteries range from the socially acceptable “necessities” like your job, food, education, significant other and the like to more frowned-upon vices like pornography, sex, chat rooms, drugs, alcohol, smoking etc.  Now, whether these things are sin or not is irrelevant.

I say it doesn’t matter because you require one power source and only one.  If you can read this much then you’re smart enough to know I’m talking about our beloved Father.  “But what’s wrong with those other things?  God created things like marriage and food for us!  There can’t be anything wrong with that!”  (See, I can read your thoughts and that’s what you said.)  Things like marriage and food are wonderful and God did create them.  What makes them inappropriate batteries for your life is that just like your C batteries that power your potentially nonexistent flashlight, they run out of juice.  If you seek fulfillment in your significant other above God, it won’t last.  If you seek fulfillment in getting promoted in your job or by getting straight A’s in school above seeking your Father, you’ll die.  Maybe not physically, but you will definitely be left empty and confused.  “I did everything right.  What could’ve gone wrong?”  Some of you have already had these thoughts.  Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about.

What may surprise you is that when you use God as your primary battery, as you should, it runs out of juice too.  “WHOA! Stop right there! What?!”  Before you crucify me for heresy, hear me out.  Those of you who have gone to a youth camp or really good church service you probably know what it feels like to get that spiritual high and be recharged in your spirit.  You feel full and happy and you just want to run a marathon because He is so real and so good!  But what happens after a few days or weeks?  You don’t feel it anymore.  What happened?  You need to recharge your batteries.  God is the only power source that will never die as long as you consistently spend time in His presence and soak yourself in His word.  I call it recharging.  Through Him alone will you find an eternal power source.

I’m finding this to be true more and more every day as I constantly trudge along with dying batteries telling myself the whole way that, “They’ll do for now.”  Many of you don’t realize that your batteries are already dead and I hate to tell you but they’re not going to recharge.  You’re living life, doing what you believe to be best for yourself while continuing to die everyday.  How long will you keep it up?  How long until you fall over dead and you can’t get back up by yourself?

It’s by no means easy, but without Him it’s death.  Without sitting in His presence and talking to Him and reading His word and getting to know Him and love Him… you will die.  So what batteries do you choose?  I want to choose Him every time.  I want Him to fill my empty space with His love.  His love in my heart is like a lit fireplace on a cold Christmas morning.  Throw some wood on the fire and let Him fulfill you.  He promises to be found when we diligently seek.

Luke 11:9-10

9“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  10For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”

I know that all of you know what I mean when I talk about a “What now?” moment.  You know, that moment when everything’s going as planned and things couldn’t get better and (BAM!) something happens and suddenly you have no idea what to do or where to go to fix it.  If you’re anything like me, you like to know where you’re going and what’s expected of you when you get there.  Yet, no matter how much we prep and plan, sometimes things just don’t go quite like you planned and the phrase, “What now?” comes to mind.

I tell you, pride is a sickness for which there is no cure that comes without a painful price.  Many a time I have let pride subtly grow inside me without my knowledge and when I finally discover it’s existence, it’s disgusting, parasitic existence, it’s often too late to fix without going through a painful process known as humbling yourself.

I say this because the only time when we really have those “What now?” moments, and sometimes seasons, is when we think we’ve got it all together and we know what’s going on.  I like to think of it as God’s way of saying, “Who’s in control again?”  There is the fleshly part of me that loves to be informed about what’s up and for everything to be out in the open, maybe it’s a security thing, maybe not. But there is also the part of me that doesn’t want to know anything because when we know what’s going on then we trust in ourselves, which is pride.  When we feel like we are in the dark we have no choice but to sit back and trust God.

Imagine with me this: you are driving down a dark road.  It’s a South Georgia country road so there are no lights except those that are on your car.  All of a sudden your lights go out and you can’t see ANYTHING!  Would you keep going or would you stop the car immediately to prevent crashing?  Of course you would stop.  The same can be said for our road of life.  Many times because we can see what’s in front of us we keep going out of self-trust, or pride.  But when God turns out your lights you are forced to stop what you are doing and wait for help.  I think many times God just wants us to sit and wait for Him to show us the way, not to our desires but to Him and His will.

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s always darkest before the dawn!”  Well, I think it’s time the dawn gets a watch, because no matter how certain we are that the dawn is coming it doesn’t make the night much brighter.  Therefore, we must sit and wait to be shown the way.  We must be still, and know that He is God.

So if you don’t know where to go, try sitting, listening, and seeking His will first.  He will be faithful to show you His will if you are willing to obey it.  If you are not willing to obey it then what purpose would be served by Him revealing Himself to you?  Once you humble yourself and trust in Him completely, the dawn will break and we must go where we are shown, not in our own strength and knowledge, but trusting in Him alone.

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