Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Clogged Fuel Lines

Clogged Fuel Line
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-13
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Heb. 12:1 NLT)
Spring has finally arrived. It’s time to begin mowing the lawn again. Out came the self-propelled Lawn Boy. I checked the gas, oil, and spark plug. All was in readiness for the season, or so I thought. After filling it with fresh gas, I held the safety lever and pulled the starter cord. NOTHING! I primed it a few more times and pulled again, NOTHING. Again and again I tried to get it started, but to no avail. I promptly took it over to the local lawn service shop only to find that the tiny carburetor jet was clogged. Apparently a tiny piece of dirt was preventing gas from getting to the engine. After spraying a small amount of gas into the carburetor, the engine started fine.
     This incident reminds me of my spiritual life. Like my lawn mower, my spiritual life gets clogged with dirt from the cares of this world. The little sins that go unconfessed, keep me from functioning spiritually. Outwardly I appear calm, but within, a raging fire is burning. The joy of the Lord is blocked and no matter how much effort I put forth, my faith engine won’t run. Nothing is more discouraging than a spiritual engine that won’t function.
     In order for my physical lawn mower engine to run smoothly, I had to take it in for an overhaul. The dirt in the carburetor had to be removed and the little jet replaced. If I want the joy of the Lord to return and my spiritual life to function smoothly, an overhaul by God is necessary. This means identifying the sin that is causing my clogged spiritual life to malfunction. Then I must be willing to confess and turn away from that sin which so easily besets me. Once that is accomplished the spiritual flow of God’s grace will be able to fill me and renew my spirit. A revived spirit within me will enable my spiritual life to function effectively.
     Are you having difficulty getting your spiritual engine to function? Is there something that is coming between you and your Savior? Sin has a way of clogging our engines and keeping them from running. Do you need a complete overhaul or just a little tune-up? Whichever the case may be, rest assured that God is ready and willing to meet your needs. Confession is the cleansing agent that will enable your spiritual engine to restart and run smoothly.
     If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:8.9 NLT)
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me keep my spiritual life running smoothly as I confess my sins to you

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