Maintenance Required

We noticed during this time of hot weather that it seemed the air conditioner was running a lot but it was not getting all that cold in the house. We had a service tech to come out to check the unit, and while I stood there, I watched him clean the outside grill of the unit and add two pounds of refrigerant. Now, with every minute the unit is running, maximum cooling is taking place. This keeps the house cool with less effort. When the heat is on, your AC equipment needs to be operating at optimum levels. The automatic shifting of my van has changed. It seems to lug down more before it will shift into a lower gear. I am told by some that with 150,000 miles on it, it could probably use a transmission flush, with a change of filter. The filter is designed to keep contaminants out of the transmission fluid, and everyday wear and tear can clog the filter restricting the flow of fluid. With that procedure, it should shift in a timely manner.

There is a principle in life that most everything needs maintenance. The longer you put off maintenance, the greater the repair when it finally breaks down or stops. Just as with mechanical things, this principle applies to one’s spiritual life. If we neglect to nourish and give attention to our spiritual life and relationship with God it will end up non-functional. The good news is that there are things we can do to nourish a good relationship with God. The wear and tear of life can leave us clogged with debris. A good flushing and cleansing by the blood of Jesus will clean the filter, and with an infusion of the fresh fluid of the Holy Spirit, things can run smoothly in the spirit man for prompt shifting and moving with the Spirit. Just like being filled with refrigerant keeps things cool when the heat is on in your house, staying filled with the Holy Spirit just like they were filled in the book of Acts helps keep things cool when the heat is on spiritually. Through the blood of Jesus, the Spirit of God, and the through the faithful Word that we have been given, we have all the provisions to maintain our spiritual house and our spiritual vehicle at optimum operating levels. But we must turn from our neglect and turn to the God the tech, to have his operation and directions for proper maintenance. We don’t tell him what to do and how to do it. We submit to him to allow him to do it his way according to his Word, for our good. With that, we can live in his plan of abundance and peace physically, spiritually, and eternally through Jesus Christ.

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