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Paper Jam

As I was printing envelopes today, the printer stopped working. It continued to say that there was a jam. I looked inside the printer and I did not see a jam. I closed the door but it still said there was a paper jam. I turned the printer off and on. I continued to pace around the machine, asking it when it would start doing its job. Finally I looked closer. I realized that there was a jam in a section I never even viewed because it is against the wall. There was never a jam in that area. After five minutes of pacing and thinking there was no jam, I realized it was something I couldn’t see.

In Romans 3:23, the Bible says that we all fall short—we all sin. Sometimes the sin is in the open. Sometimes the sin is easy to be seen. Sometimes people point it out to us. Sometimes we wear it on our sleeve. Sometimes it is something that we have struggled with for years. But then there is other sin that often seeps into our lives in the crevices we do not really look at or consider. Our sin can be right in front of our face but sometimes it has become part of our normalcy and we don’t realize what has grown over time.

Today ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any sin that you may have buried beneath other things in your life. Ask for your eyes to be open to anything that you may have overlooked. When the Spirit reveals these things, take the time to bring each item before God. Ask for repentance. Ask for strength. Ask for encouragement. May He shine a light on your darkness so you can bring more light into your life and shine the Light for others.

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:5-9 [NIV]

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Check Your Connections

When I was trying to print up a lesson I created for Sunday School, I found myself having some difficulty. Sometimes my printer can be a bit temperamental and I have to do a system reboot. Three times I tried to print the lesson and nothing was working. I took a step back and realized that I missed something very important. I had put the printer cable into the wrong slot. It was a connection issue.

We can have this same issue with God if we aren’t actively engaged in a relationship with Him. If we neglect His Word and do not have an active prayer life, we are not properly connected to Him. If we ignore His Spirit and defy His commands, we are not properly connected to Him.

At times we have something in life not working properly. When it happens, take a step back and check your connection. Are you communing with God? Have you gone in another direction? In life, you will find yourself either moving closer to Christ or moving away from Christ. There is no standing still.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14 [NIV]

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Life Lessons

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 [NLT]

Learning God’s lessons for our lives includes:

1. Bible Reading
2. Prayer
3. Fellowship

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