email@example.com (Bob DuBose)
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I’d been having trouble with my 13-year-old car. A sympathetic person loaned me his car while mine was being repaired. While driving it, I stopped at a store to pick up a few things. On my way back to the car, I reached into my pocket for the key. It wasn’t there. I searched all my pockets. I looked in my shopping bags. No key. I stood there, looking at this big, beautiful, borrowed car. Here was a $40,000 vehicle, with plenty of gas in the tank, lots of horsepower under the hood, just waiting to take me anywhere I wanted to go. But it was useless. No power without the key.
I had to have that key. And I knew that Jesus knew where it was. So I prayed, and asked Jesus for the key. I felt impressed to go back to the store. The lady in customer service handed me the key. With that key, I unlocked the car and unleashed all its power.
There’s also power available to us in our everyday life. The Bible says, “As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life” (2 Peter 1:3. NLT).Unlock the Power
But in order to unlock this power, we need the key. Where’s the key? Jesus has it. Jesus has the master keys. Jesus says, “See these keys in My hand? They open and lock Death’s door, they open and lock Hell’s gates” (Revelation 1:18, The Message). So we need to go to the Man who carries the keys—the master keys to every problem in life.
But don’t overlook and forget to use the one simple key Jesus has given you and everyone else. I’m talking about prayer. Jesus says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:22, NLT). Prayer is the key in your hand of faith that will unlock the storehouse of heaven. In that storehouse, you’ll find Jesus, and the keys to everything you need. Just use your key. It isn’t lost. It’s right there in your hand.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Park)
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Living in the Philippines is a lot different than living in Los Angeles. Everyone warned us. The Philippines is hot. It is humid. The moist tropical air rots clothes, grows bugs and especially wreaks havoc on immigrants who have been used to the dry, desert air of Los Angeles. Well we have been fortunate that it is fall in the Philippines and it is not quite so hot or humid. Except for a couple of extremely hot, humid days, the weather has been bearable and there have even been a few days when the heat and humidity have subsided and it has been very, very pleasant.
While we had been warned about the heat and humidity, no-one mentioned an almost miraculous transformation which has taken place with our skin! After only a very few days in the tropics, both Diana and I noticed that our skin had become completely moisturized. The dryness in our hands and feet had now been transformed into a delicious smoothness which we had never felt before, living in the dry air of Los Angeles.
Despite living in dry air all of our lives, it took less than a week for the moisturizing to take place. I sometimes rub my palms with my fingers and still marvel at how smooth and moist they have become. It appears that moving to the tropics has some benefits after all!
Let it Rain!
No matter where we live we are constantly surrounded by the blowing hot winds of malice, unkindness and criticism. At times it leeches out the love and kindness of even the most courageous and devoted heart. In the midst of this barren world and this barren time, the Spirit encourages us to "Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone" (Zechariah 10:1).
As we are nurtured by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we begin to assimilate the moisture from heaven that transforms us into Christ's likeness. We are then commissioned and sent forth to revive those souls which have becomed de-hydrated under the fiery arrows of Satan. May all of our souls be revived with the Heavenly Moisture of heaven.