The internet is so slow tonight that it is hardly worth using. It has taken the better part of 30 minutes to get this evening reflection posted because the technology is limping and stutter- ing along, causing me frustration.
Everything online is difficult. My pictures won’t upload; my words won’t post; and a black rectangle on my home page won’t go away.
It occurs to me that this is how many of us live the Christian life. We are frustrated. We can’t seem to read and make sense out of Scripture. Our prayers seem flat, and we doubt God hears. Worship seems lifeless.
Here’s the problem: Many of us try to live the life of faith under our own power. We count on our human effort, which leads to frustration. When our human efforts fail, we think that the Christian life is hardly worth pursuing.
The risen Lord told His disciples to “stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). This power is the Holy Spirit, and it has been given to us to live a vibrant life of faith in God. We do not need to live powerless Christian lives. We need to call on Christ, who willingly sends us His Spirit. In this way we will live vital lives of faith.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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