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Power Source

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.  1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

(Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com.)Thirty minutes into my five-hour drive home, I remembered what I’d forgotten. I grabbed my phone and called my husband. “I left my computer and phone chargers at Mom’s house. What should I do?” We weighed my choices—burden my elderly mom to mail the chargers or return to retrieve them. Resolving the issue, I took a deep breath, turned around, and turned up my music. I needed my power sources. What’s one more hour added to my trip—ugh!

Electronics generate dependence on power. Instead of the little black phone book or a notepad and pen, we use cell phones and computers to store all our memory. This modern age tethers us to a power source to utilize our gadgets. When electricity malfunctions or devices crash, our world temporarily folds. With no source of power to run my machines, helplessness seems to overpower me.

Our spiritual lives work similarly—plug into power or lackluster living. Jesus humbly came to earth to usher in the kingdom of God by demonstrating a godly life based on His righteousness. He lived to exemplify faith and trust in God; He died to save us from our sins. After His resurrection, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to live God’s way by following His example. Jesus yearns for relationship with His people, not religious posturing. When we choose to believe and imitate Jesus Christ’s lifestyle instead of only talking about it, He equips us with Holy Spirit power.

When I check my quiet time with God off my to-do list, I’m uninspired. When I offer lip service to Him while holding onto worry and fear, my devotion means nothing. If I fail to prioritize His righteous way for my day, my power quickly drains and I’m unproductive. My refusal to “plug in” to His Spirit renders me inefficient and powerless.

Take time to recharge your life with a relational God. Allow His kingdom to enter your heart with Holy Spirit power. You’ll discover Jesus as the never-failing power source. Now tether up and plug in! 

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Deborah Crawford

Deborah Crawford is a mission-minded blogger. She posts weekly messages of hope for those facing consequences of poor life choices, especially mothers living with the backlash of a wayward child. Leading a group of women who receive assurance through God’s Word and prayer keeps her passion strong as together they persevere. Several of her writings are published in an anthology entitled Relief Notes. Deborah and her husband live near Atlanta, Georgia. They have two children, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and two dogs. Visit her website at www.mothersforprodigals.com or email her at deborahrdcrawford@gmail.com.


  1. We are inundated with electronic devices and don't know what to do without them; however, we need to let go (let it go) and tune in to each other and what is important. We need to be quiet and listen for God in our lives! Thanks, Deborah for this great analogy for taking time in our lives.

  2. Deborah, thanks for this inspiring devotion. It's a great reminder for me as I begin my day.