Getting A Spiritual Power Upgrade In Bend, Oregon
By Christy Osterkamp
Since April I have been substituting as the Office Manager of a Information Technology Department in Bend, Oregon. I remember back in the early 80’s when I lived in what is now known as Silicon Valley, home of Apple Computers. Back then it was a small town with orchards where we safely walked to school every day, but that’s another story. When I worked on my first computer, it was a Radio Shack TRS-80. There were only 200,000 of them produced. The operating system was TRS-DOS. It had floppy disks that took 45 minutes to save. It had a storage capacity of up to 48 Kilabytes. Now, we have computers that have over 1 Terabyte of memory and save instantly. Now Apple sells over 200,000 computers in one day. We can store 32 GB of memory on a stick the size of a key.
The Power in the Page
Since I moved to Bend, Oregon four years ago, I have been learning that life without God’s power is like working with a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer. It has no power. When I trust and depend on God to fulfill His word and His promises and His will for my life, I have tapped into a power source that is infinitely more than any person can create or even imagine. One of the ways we are able to access that kind of power is being in His word daily. Some people like to read the printed page, I now take advantage of our exploding technology by listening to scripture on audio while I am driving, getting ready for work, or just relaxing with my eyes closed. It is the way we can daily charge up our spiritual batteries, so that when the struggles and trials of life do come, we can stand firm, and having done all else, just to stand. One of the spiritual pieces of armor listed in Ephesians 6: “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the WORD of God.”
Why Does God Care If We Read His Word?
I know that as a parent, I feel loved and appreciated when my children listen to me, and take time to be with me. I take great pleasure in seeing my children taking my advice and obeying what I ask them to do. How much more will our Father in Heaven give us all good things when we show Him the same obedience we expect of our children? As David says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourselves in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”. When my own children delight me, I open the floodgates of my earthly blessings to them, as much as I am able!
How Obedience Changed Me
I believe that this act of obedience has changed me personally in a number of ways. I have energy that I haven’t had before. I am being given opportunities and finding favor with people in my chosen line of work. I can more clearly see that circumstances are being orchestrated in our lives that no software program could possibly have planned or predicted. I am blessed to have my family geographically close and all healthy. We are having a home built for us, after losing everything in the economic crash of 2008. I have been given many of my hearts desires, just like He promises in Jeremiah 29:11, my favorite verse which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”
Your Programming Can Improve
Less than a year ago, when a circumstance would come along that left me feeling threatened or helpless, I would instantly go into a crisis mode, reacting with depression or anxiety. Now, those same circumstances may still come along, but I react to them differently. My programming is changing. For example, my daughter and her family were recently faced with an eviction, but instead of going into crisis mode, I have the assurance that though we don’t know all the details of how it will play out, I know that we can trust God to take care of the details, like He has shown us time and time again. There is freedom in not having to be in control and know all the answers all of the time.
Paul Explains the POWER Available in Christ
The Apostle Paul likes to run on long, long sentences, as the following verses found in Ephesians where Paul is telling the Ephesians how to tap into this limitless power source through Jesus Christ: “15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”
Now, that is MY kind of power.
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