“Low Battery”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Phl 4:13 NKJV] 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Ever since I was a chaplain, I have slept with my phone next to my bed. Like many of you, my nightly routine has me placing the phone on the charger, and then falling asleep. Every now and I again I wake up only to realize I didn’t put it on the charger correctly or somehow it didn’t charge!
We have all quoted this verse when trying to do difficult tasks, deal with difficult people, or endure difficult circumstances. Although some have tried to turn this verse into a “super-hero” prayer, Paul is talking about how we get through life when it feels like your battery is on empty!
In verse (12) Paul describes three difficult life circumstances. He talks about being spiritually (abased), physically (hungry), and emotionally (in-need) empty! However, in verse (11) Paul says that these things helped teach him the secret of contentment. That no matter how empty his “batteries” got he didn’t have to lose hope.
How could Paul in prison talk about being fully charged in all these draining circumstances. The secret was verse (13) When we are plugged in to the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us! When we are plugged into His love, grace, power, and promises Paul says we are running on His batteries!
Are you running on empty? How are you trying to recharge? Paul says that when we are plugged into Jesus God doesn’t promise to take us out, but He will get us through! Not only will His power get you through, but it will shine though you