Remove the Bulb!
God tends to speak to me through common, everyday events, and sometimes some that are not-so-common! As an example, our refrigerator door has a computerized water dispenser. A few days ago, it started flashing at us and yesterday finally stopped working altogether. Since I am a “Do-It-Yourself-er”, I started looking for parts to fix it. I had already found a part to fix our dishwasher, so I should be able to do it on a refrigerator, right? I mean, God is no respecter of persons, so why should I be one of appliances?
I noted the model number and jumped online. The very first place I found had schematics, but nothing that referred to our specific issue. Undeterred, I went back to the search engine, and re-entered the model number again. A whole list of sites came up, one of which had reviews for various electrical components that fixed problems similar to what we were experiencing.
Reading through the reviews for these parts, I became progressively more convinced that there could be a multitude of things wrong. One review said it could be this part, and another that part, but someone else said it might be this other part. After reading three or four of them, and I was convinced that the problem was too difficult and expensive for me to do myself, I came across a really short review which read simply…
“Seems that old bulbs draw too much current and cause the control panel to fail in sending signal to icemaker motor. Removing the bulb cured this fault and the control panel worked fine.”
I sat back in my chair. Could it really be that simple? Removing the light bulb? The parts I had looked at could total hundreds of dollars and hours of sweating labor, even fixing it myself. A light bulb?
I went to the refrigerator, and realized I didn’t even know WHERE to look for the bulb! I saw the lighted dots on the computer panel that indicate whether it was water or ice, and thought, “That is going to be difficult to get to the bulb!” Still investigating, I looked INSIDE the water dispenser housing. Sure enough, a lightbulb! I grabbed it and untwisted it, and pulled it out. It was ugly, nasty and dirty. Out of habit, I checked the filament inside the bulb. Surprisingly, it was intact. I sat it down on the counter, and prepared to test this “repair”. I grabbed a water glass and lo and behold – we had water! I tested the crushed ice, the ice cube dispenser and the water once more … and all were working, just as they should, the way they were intended.
So, what is the moral to this twenty-first century parable? Read it again, and see if your light bulb comes on! The review said, “Seems that old bulbs draw too much current and cause the control panel to fail in sending signal to icemaker motor. Removing the bulb cured this fault and the control panel worked fine.”
Here’s what I believe God was saying. Most of us are familiar with the “lightbulb over the head” as a symbol for an idea or a thought process. I believe He was speaking to us about our OLD thought patterns and the way we deal with the spiritual realm. The old ideas and thought processes are short-circuiting what He wants for us! I believe He wants us to interact both with Him and with the spiritual realm in a brand new way – to get a new idea – a new bulb!
We are His modern day dispensers of His water! If we are not working properly, the whole system comes to a grinding halt. Here is what He showed me:
The old bulbs — our old thought processes, our old ideas, our old ways of doing things and interacting with both God’s Kingdom and the demonic realm. Things of tradition (Luke 11:42-44) and old mindsets that get in our way (John 3:3-12).
Draw too much current — they are taking up way too much of our time and energy! We need to look forward to see what God is doing now and quit trying to do it “like it’s always been done”. We must refocus our energy into how God is doing it now, in the new – in the CURRENT!
Cause the control panel to fail — WE ARE THE CONTROL PANEL! Church of God, YOU are the control panel! We have the authority, given to us by Jesus in John 17 and seen in Hebrews 2 and Matthew 28! All of creation groans for us to be revealed, even to ourselves (Rom. 8:22)!
In sending signal to icemaker motor — We need to get the “right now” signal, and move on it! We are a MACHINE – the body of Christ, a living organism. The motor of this machine needs to get the correct signals to go in our God-intended direction. When our signal is short-circuited we wander about as lost sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36).
The solution is incredibly easy! First, realize you have a special “model number” assigned by God! You were created for such a time as this (Esther 4:14) and that model number was built to work in this season. You have a “now assignment”. Your old one is finished. You must receive a new, clear signal and directions for this new assignment!
Second, recognize there may be a problem with your control panel: your thought processes. Be open to receive instruction and any necessary course correction as a true son (Hebrews 12:7).
Third, don’t let the enemy lie to you! Just as several reviews led me to believe that the repair on my water dispenser would be elaborate and expensive, the fix was incredibly easy! Don’t let any human being or demon from hell tell you that your issue is too deep or too hard or too complex, or worse, it will never go away.
Fourth, don’t be deterred or discouraged! If these steps don’t fix it immediately, go back to the source. Just as I didn’t find my solution during the first search, your solution may take a little more seeking. But don’t get discouraged! It’s all spiritual, and can be remedied with just your mouth and your faith! It’s THAT simple! Are you ready?
REMOVE THE BULB. Get rid of it! Pull it out! This thought process is a murderous tool designed to destoy you, a plot and plan of the enemy to keep you from moving forward! This includes racism, sexism, pride, victim mentality and a host of others. Ask Holy Spirit to search your heart (Ps. 139:23) and reveal to you what is short-circuiting your system. Then repent and move on into your future.
REMOVE IT! Don’t “get used to it” – get rid of it! Recognize it for what it is, a snare and a trap! Most health issues, marital problems, gender identity issues, spending issues…they are all rooted in the spiritual realm. As such, they can be solved on your knees, in the spiritual realm. You are a disciple of Jesus, so ask Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray (Luke 11:1-13) about this particular issue – then do it!
REMOVE IT! Realize you “may” be under spiritual attack because you are! It’s not happening to you strictly in the natural. It’s the “natural” manifesting the spiritual realm! Fight the war spiritually, not carnally (2 Cor. 10:4). Your weapons of warfare are in the spirit. Get your angels back on the job. They have been waiting to hear from you!
REMOVE IT! Remove that religious spirit from your midst! Get over the “old way”, the way it’s always been done, the way we used to dress, the way we used to look, or smell or sound, or talk or preach or sing! Just recently I bucked God when He told me to wear jeans and tennis shoes to a meeting. He told me I had a religious spirit that was telling me I was required to dress up!
REMOVE IT! Remove the thought pattern that God can only speak in certain ways, and He cannot in others. Forget all that! I was in Matthew 6 and I actually HEARD the voice of God speaking to me from the Mount. I was in another dimension with Him and heard Him speaking to me personally. Don’t limit God!
Once you remove the bulb, test the waters! They should be flowing again freely. If they are not, go back to Step 1 – Ask God! God requires that His rivers flow without restraint. He knows where the obstacles and the hazards are in your life. Don’t wait until your unit stops working completely. Trust Him implicitly to know how to fix your water dispenser, and let Him do it!
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