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The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Yank the Chord!

An old-time pulpwood cutter went into a hardware store early one morning and asked for a saw. The salesman took a chain saw from the shelf and commented that it was their “newest model, with the latest in technology, guaranteed to cut ten cords of pulpwood a day.” The woodsman had only worked with a crosscut saw in the past, so he thought that sounded pretty good, so he bought it on the spot.

The next day the customer returned, looking somewhat exhausted. “Something must be wrong with this saw,” he moaned. “I worked as hard as I could and only managed to cut three cords of wood. I used to do four with my old-fashioned saw.” Looking confused, the salesman said, “Here, let me try it out back on some wood we keep there.”

They went to the woodpile, the salesman pulled the cord, and as the motor went vvvrooommmm. The woodsman leaped back yelling, “What’s that noise??”

That saw was powerless without the appropriate motivation of a good yank on the chord. The owner of the saw had kept all that to himself and had no power going to the chain.

Many religious people wonder why they are not living a power-filled life even though they go to church, listen to Christian music, carry their Bibles and have lots of Christian friends. They can’t figure out why their spiritual journey is so lame.

When James and John entered the Temple area at the hour of prayer they met a lame man who was begging for alms (or donations) from the religious people who were coming for this holy service. He was looking for handouts, so he could eat one more day. When he saw Peter and John coming in he asked them for some money. If he knew who they were, he might have made a different request. These were Apostles of the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. That day Peter told this man that he had no money. However, he had something better. He told him “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to get up and walk. He then reached down, grabbed his hand and yanked on the chord. With God’s power surging through his body, this man who had never walked in his life got up and began to leap around praising God.

If you are living a powerless life, you need to submit yourself to the power of Jesus Christ. Read his promises and trust in them. Stop living in the lame world of negativity and let God yank on your power chord. It may startle some of the people who think they know you, but when the Holy Spirit of God fills you and you begin to allow him to do the miraculous in you, power will be exhibited against Satan’s road blocks. You can rise from the lame pity parties and crippling drama. Move forward, breaking down the devil’s road blocks of fear, weakness, selfishness, loss, deception, anger, worry, inferiority, distress and more.

God wants to empower you to do more than you ever thought you could do.

Paul prayed for this realization for the members of the Ephesian church: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Sunday we will share the final message from our SHIPWRECKED series with a message titled “Jesus Rescues the Powerless” based on Acts 3:1-26.

If you have ever felt powerless, come and be empowered. If you know someone who feels powerless, encourage them to come and learn how God can bring power they never thought possible.

Still Yanking,


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