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Got Power
01/25/2015
Scripture: Luke 5:15-16; Mark 1:35-39
Track 3 of in the series
Running time: 35 minutes, 15 seconds.
. I cant imagine what it was like to be Jesus all day long. I cant imagine the pressures He was under, the emotion He must have had to see people with so many needs. I cant imagine what it was like for Him to be hated as much as He was loved and liked. What would Jesus do when He needed a break



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Got Power?

The more we train ourselves to spend time with God and Him alone, the more we will discover that God is with us at all times and in all place. Henri Nouwen

There is an interesting phenomenon happening in this country today that is quite funny to watch. I have to admit I am one of those people also. Can you imagine a coffee shop surviving without great coffee, and a power source with WiFi? Even in the airports you now see power stations where you can charge up your phones, tablets or whatever else you have that has to be powered up. Today we live in a world where most of what we need or use has to have some sort of power source.

True or False: At least once this week I said or heard someone ask, have you seen my charger”?

Let’s be honest, for most of us, without power it is almost impossible to function. I remember a year or two ago our power went out due to a storm and we were without power for three days. It definitely altered everything we did. Can you imagine being without power for 2-3 weeks?

Think about this a minute, make a list of all our power-dependent activities. What do you absolutely need power for in your life? Let’s move to the spiritual a minute. What empowers you at the moment? How are you plugged into God? What gives you spiritual energy?

I don’t know about you but at the end of my day I need just a few minutes to unwind and make the transition from working all day to starting the personal side of life. When I don’t get the chance to make the transition, my day seems so long and exhausting. Just a few minutes to unwind really helps to set the rest of the evening.

What do you do to help you unwind and to refocus on the rest of you day?

In the Gospels we see Jesus doing the same thing. I can’t imagine what it was like to be Jesus all day long. I can’t imagine the pressures He was under, the emotion He must have had to see people with so many needs. I can’t imagine what it was like for Him to be hated as much as He was loved and liked. What would Jesus do when He needed a break?

Luke 5:15-16 (NIV) Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Jesus would find his so called, cave to sit in and just relax and deal with the issues of the day.

Mark 1:35-39 (NIV) Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Jesus lived a life very much like ours. It was busy, hectic and had a lot of pressure. But Jesus had a secret on how to handle the struggles and not let the world get the best of Him. Time alone with God was absolutely important for Him and it should be the same for us as well.

Three time in scripture it is recorded that Jesus goes off by himself to pray. I always wonder how those prays went or to whom He was praying. But if prayer is used to help each of us to come along side of God to bend more and more to his will, the same must have happened to Jesus. I don’t know how Jesus handles knowing everything and still being locked into a human body. Jesus needed His disciples especially after He would go back to heaven. Yet, they were so far off from being what He needed them to be.

True or False: Do you find this to be true when dealing with Christians, they tell you that, “God loves you” and subtly add, “and I have a wonderful plan for your life”?

That is a lot what Jesus life was like. Many people loved Him but they had great plans for Him; plans that were based on their desires and will. Peter was one of them, he loved Jesus but had specific ideas of God’s plan for his life. But Jesus didn’t let that get to Him, He took time to calibrate His life with the Father. Right before Mark 1:35, Jesus experiences immense popularity. But instead of feeding off the popularity from other people, Jesus feeds off of His time with the Father. He finds an alternative power source.

We can learn a lot about Jesus and when He retreats to a place that is quiet and close to God. There are three very important parts included in His quiet time with God. I like to call them appoints with God. Sadly, for many of us including me, in order to get the proper time in with the Father in prayer, we need to set designated times or “appointments”. The parts I want to look at are Place, Effects and Reengagements.

Place:

The Gospel writers describe the places where Jesus went as “desolate places”. The Greek definition used means wilderness, wasteland or abandoned place. He went there so he could totally keep His focus on God and God only. He went to places that weren’t distractions to Him.

Do any of you have a place or places you like to go to unwind and clear your thoughts? What would be a desolate place for you? How many times do you find yourself going there?

I love little tools to help me further my relationship with God. I have to admit, I don’t take the time or set the time I need to but when I do, I greatly enjoy being there. A simple tool to use is the SMART tool or a SMART way to plug into God. Simply “Get SMART”.

S: Specific – plugging in is not vague and general. Have a plan.
M: Measurable – it is concrete and specific and can be reflected on.
A: Achievable – What we decide to do must not be impossible for us.
R: Relevant – What we do must be right for us and our circumstances.
T: Timely – plugging in takes intention, schedule our time.

Each one of us has a different SMART way to plug into God. What is right for you might not be right for me. But each of us need to be SMART about our time with God.

I also call this our “Cave Time”. What might your cave be like when you take time for God and your relationship?

Effects:

Plugging in might seem strange to you but in reality, we are very much plugged into a lot of outside sources and influences. Think about the networks we are tied to; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Some of these can be life giving and many more can be life draining. In this day and age, being plugged into something is important. If one is not plugged into some sort of network, they are viewed as being someone out in the cold or dark.

Can we be plugged into God and still be plugged into all these other networks? Some of these networks deplete us; we unplug. Some of these networks energize up; we unplug. Regardless of their effects on us, we need to disconnect in order to plug into God. This is called solitude.

After healing all day, Jesus unplugs from the popular network who wants to hang out with him as the Superman and looks for a place of solitude. Jesus reconnects with God’s story of being the Suffering Servant. When Jesus withdraws, Peter hunts him down and rebukes him for his absence. But Jesus says no. 10 times in the Gospels it is recorded that the crowds were looking for him and in every instance, the statement carried a negative connotation. It described a seeking that comes with impulses of manipulation and control.

True or False: When I pray to God my deep intent is to control God for my purposes rather than to listen to Him.

What would your week be like if you unplugged from your cell phone, your computer, unplug from Facebook, Twitter and your TV? And in place of the time you normally spend plugged into those networks, you plug yourself into spending alone, solitude time with God in prayer, study and meditation? Could you do it?

Reengagement:

What does it mean to synchronize? Can you give me some examples?

What is cool about our electronic world is how all our sources of networking can sync together. If I change something on my phone, my computer and tablet also makes the changes. Even software that I use sync together. I can exercise using one specific software while at the same time it syncs with others. The intent is that no matter which device I use, it is always up to date and ready to use. How my phone goes so does my computers as well as my tablet.

Plugging into God is exactly the same way. How God goes so do I. The more in sync I am with God the more I am just like Him. But I have to be connected to or plugged into God so my life receives all of God that I need to be like Him. I am no longer a single entity, but a part of one large network of synced lovers of God all working together in the same direction towards the same goals. We are synced but we first have to be plugged in, powered up to the only source that gives real life.