The Steam Iron And The Power Bar

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  • September 16, 2014

Yesterday, my wife Jody went down to our laundry room to iron some clothes and she said to me, “Rob, we have to get another iron, this one isn’t very hot, I can almost touch it with my hand. (I had noticed lately that when I used it, the iron didn’t have much steam coming from it.)  I said, “It’s brand new, I’ll look for the receipt and take it back.” Then Jody went into the bathroom and plugged the iron into the outlet there, and it got so hot, that she didn’t dare to touch it.” In our laundry room there is a power bar that we have had mounted on the wall for the last 4 years and it always seemed alright. The light was on, indicating that it was working. It was only ever used for the iron. It never occurred to me that there was anything wrong with it; I thought that it must be the iron. Today, I changed the power bar and the iron got so hot and there were clouds of steam rolling out of it.

I think some of you can see where I am going with this. Afterwards, as I was ironing my clothes for work, this situation with the power bar got me thinking. I started to get a message brewing in my belly. The power bar was plugged into the wall, the light was on, and everything looked OK. (External) Something was wrong, but I did not see the root cause. (Internal) I blamed the iron, or the outward manifestation of the lack of heat! If we represent the iron, and the power bar represents the source of our supply, what level of voltage are we connected to? If the power supply is faulty and not delivering the correct electricity, we are never going to walk in the ‘dunamis power’ of the Holy Spirit and walk in a life of victory. (Everything looked Ok with the power bar, remember, the light was on, but the correct voltage was not coming through.) I was trying to operate the iron with insufficient voltage, but I did not know it! There was not enough current coming through to get the job done! I blamed the iron! We have been using the iron this way for the past couple of months, and it would get just hot enough to take the wrinkles out, if you went over it enough times. It still worked, but it only did a mediocre job, with extra effort to compensate for the lack of sufficient power.

What are you feeding on in the Word of God? What is your current leader teaching and preaching about? Which TV preachers are you listening to? Are you hooked up to a “purpose-driven church” or a “presence-driven church”? Are you laying up your treasures on earth or in heaven? Do you have enough power to walk in victory? Or…is there a blockage in the flow that leaves you wanting more, and not understanding why very little in your life is really changing? Do you seem to be in a dry place? (I’m not talking about the wilderness, as it is a place of intimacy with God; a place to purge the stale and deepen your roots)

You need to check the voltage coming from your power supply! Maybe you have been connected up to a faulty electrical system that has just enough power to keep the light on, but not enough oomph to spark a fire in your heart. You and I need to find out where the lack of power is, and what is blocking the full flow of potential energy.

Do the people you listen to preach a “Destiny/Prosperity Message” about living a luxurious, peaceful life of more fulfillment for you and your family. Are they saying that you can be a better ‘you’; and that you can be ‘the best you that you can be’? (There are definitely too many “you’s’ in that last sentence, don’t you think?)

I believe that God has had enough of these false doctrines that are spewing out of the false teachers, into the ears of the many thousands who come to hear the “soft message”. It fills the pews and gives a false sense of security for the deluded masses that flock to see “The Big Show” every week. What are we doing? We are plugged into the soul realm, and not the realms of the Spirit.

Here are the works of the flesh, from Galatians 5:19-21:
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Here is the promise of victory over the works of the flesh: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Gal. 5:16) Our victory lies in walking in the Spirit and obeying God’s Word for our lives. Victory is not gaining more stuff and improving our “self-esteem” so that we are not so afraid, as we climb the corporate ladder to the “American Dream”. We need to crucify the lusts of the flesh daily and allow the Lord to renew our minds in the truths of His Word. “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:24-26

Plug your power cord into a ‘fresh flowing manna ministry speaking the fire of His Word’ led by men and women who have not succumbed to the fear of man. Hook up with ministers whos lives are clean before God, so they can speak out against sin and corruption, with a clear conscience. When your conscience has been sullied by uncleanness, you cannot speak messages that will expose your heart before a holy God, without suffering the reprisals of your confessions. Is this why we hear so few people preaching an uncompromising message today? Or is that age-old “love of money” that puts a damper on the fire of God’s Word?

Get plugged in to a ministry led by a ‘fire-breathing-man or woman of God’ who have sold out completely for the Gospel and will speak truth into your lives even if you resent them for it. Get linked up with ministers who will not ‘pamper you with diapers’ when what you really need is to be equipped with His strong armour to fight the “good fight” that you are called to. Find a preacher /teacher who will equip you for the battle that looms on the horizon, as the enemy is preparing his ‘hordes of hell’ to do battle with the Church of the Messiah. He has already infiltrated into our congregations, and has been spreading his doctrines of lies, in an attempt to fix the outcome of the battle. The “Grand Delusion” is not going away folks; it is getting deeper. The deeper it gets; the less we are aware of it! Get out of the ‘putrid cloud of compromise’ while you can still see the light. Wake up before it is too late! The plumb line has dropped and the separation is in full swing! Which side of the fence will you be on, when our hearts are measured before our fearsome and holy God? The Elijah’s have been let loose on the earth to “Declare the Way of the Lord” to those who have “ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches”. Pray for discernment to distinguish between the truth and the proliferation of lies that are rapidly gaining ground! Wake up man or woman of God, the time is short! Stand up and be counted as members of the true army of God, ready to give your lives for your King.

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