10.19.2008

Get Your Power Turned On

“ . . . that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man . . .” Ephesians 3:16

"Christa Heider, get your power turned on. Table three, please," the automated voice rings over the chiropractor’s office sound system. I walk up to table three, scan my badge and watch as my medical file comes up on the computer screen. Then I make myself comfortable on the table – face down - and wait for my adjustment.

When I first started going to the chiropractor, my neck and back had been out of line for a while. A combination of doing gymnastics as a kid, falling on my head doing street drama in Italy, and spending hours bent over a desk at work had turned my spine curvy and my neck straight. After a year of discomfort, I had decided that something needed to be done about it. It was pinching nerves and keeping me from exercising. (I hate muscles that feel like two-hour cooked spaghetti noodles because I hadn’t done more than walk from my apartment to my car!) So now I'm in the process of getting my spine aligned – and it’s a week by week process.

Have you ever felt like your spiritual spine was out of whack? It's like everything was just groovy and then suddenly you feel discouraged and unable to cope with things. God challenges you and you can't find the strength to obey. What you need is your power turned on!

When I look back to the times that I've felt discouraged, I can usually say that my time with God and my pursuit of His Word had waned. I allowed every day problems to distract me from my priorities. Our strength as a Christian comes through the Holy Spirit, but it's our responsibility to pursue that strength. The basics like reading our Bible every day, praying, being faithful to attend and participate at church, and praising and worshiping God can't be neglected. When they are, that alignment we used to enjoy suddenly disappears and we experience "spiritual subluxation." The nerves are pinched (we can't hear God's voice) and we're in pain (the worries of life get to us). No wonder we feel weak! Our focus isn't where it's supposed to be!

Here’s your homework - focus on keeping yourself aligned. Keep your power turned on by staying connected to your Source. It's a day-in, day-out process - a habit of walking with God and putting Him first. You'll be amazed at how much stronger you feel, how well you handle issues, and how many of the devil's lies you're able to cast down. He doesn't like you to know who you are in Christ, and DEFINITELY doesn't like it when you're filled with the Holy Spirit's power. You're a dangerous princess then!
Ciao!
Christa

10.01.2008

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
© 2008 Lyrics and Music by Christa Heider

Some die for just a whim, a shallow, fleeting dream,
Some give it all away, for any selfish thing,
I’ve made my choice today, in honor of Your Name,
I’ve given all I am, no matter what the pain.

Did you know I’d live and die for You,
For no other cause but Yours.
Did You know I’d give my everything,
To the Lover of my soul?

Some die for only love, a simple, passing need,
Some sacrifice it all, for worthless anything.
I’ve made my choice today, no matter what I face,
I’ve chosen my own way, to stand here in this place.

No greater love than this, no greater love than yours,
No greater love besides, the one that I adore.

People live for all kinds of things - some for selfishness, some for worthy cause. A glamorous life on the stages of Hollywood, a commitment to a sweltering orphanage in Africa. But are they willing to die for it? When the pressure is on, can they still stand and face it head on?
Every person on this earth is called to glorify God with their life. To live for a cause - the cause of "His Kingdom come and His will be done." But with this living comes a dying as well. The day you asked Jesus into your heart, the old, sinful person you were died. From that day forward, you've been called to die to your desires and to make God's desires yours. In the end, the ultimate living is determined by what you're willing to die for. Life - like a seed - only flourishes and becomes it's best when it is planted, when it dies. Then as it grows, it's pruned again and again to become the beautiful plant it was meant to be.
Many have died physically for what they believe. Why? Because they had a conviction that something was more valuable than their life. They chose to live out the life that had consumed them before the pressure ever came. But most people can't even get passed the dying to their own desires, dreams, and wants - much less to see their life snuffed out.
Life won't always be so easy for a Christian. In a tough world, God's challenge to us is this: Let your love and commitment to Jesus decide what you live and die for. Decide now that there's no other purpose in life for you but for seeing God's life - even in death - shine through you. With confidence, let God and the world know that you live and die for the One you adore.
Romans 14:7,8
For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
For if we live, we live to he Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
Love,
Christa