When we become ‘activated’

Dr. Robert L. Dowen, Crossroads Pentecostal Holiness Church
Sep. 13, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

     


Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in their design and in their various functionality. I can remember when the cell phone was used for, of all things, just making and receiving phone calls! I almost feel that I need an engineering degree to even use my cell phone today.

In this technologically advanced society in which we live, most of our everyday products and services, like the cell phone, must be ‘activated’ in order to be able to use them. Our bank accounts, credit cards, and insurance policies all require activation. Our home phones, cable services and internet, to name a few, all must be activated.

To activate something means to stimulate, motivate or to set in motion. Activation requires conditions. In most cases…you agree upon a price for the products and services.

Just as products and services must be activate, people also need to be ‘activated’ to experience the presence of God in their lives. And in Christ, the price has been paid.

In Psalm 37, the Psalmist David issues commands that require ‘action’ on our part if we are to see God move in our lives. In verses 3 through 5 there are three ‘conditional’ commands. “Trust in the Lord, and do good…Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.”

In these conditional commands God is saying “if you will, then I will respond.” Is this not like a parent? “If you will eat your vegetables, then you can have desser. If you will pick up your toys, then you can go out and play.”

Well, we are God’s children, and He gives us conditional commands that, if activated, will guarantee rewarding lives.

There are many scriptural references to trusting in the Lord. If you really meditate on them you will be able to feel the power on the revelation that God is attempting to impart to you.

I have found this list on the rewards of trusting in God:

• You will be happy.

• You will walk in light and not in darkness.

• God will direct your path and guide your way.

• You will be like a rock that shall not be moved.

• You will prosper as Jehovah-Jireh provides for you.

• You will always be yielding fruit for God.

• Your mind will be in perfect peace.

• Your heart will remain steadfast in the Lord.

• You shall be safe in your surroundings.

Making the Lord your heart’s delight and committing your all to Him are equally important in seeking a rewarding life.

Living for Jesus demands the action on our part. He will provide all of our needs when we become ‘activated’ by trusting, delighting in the Lord, committing all to Him, and learning to wait patiently on Him. Child of God, great is your reward!