Time for a fresh coat of paint or should I say vinyl. Time to update the
look for 2016. Funny thing is, the best appearing car in January isnít
necessarily the championship car in October. Our character has to be more
than window dressing. We need to have something underneath. Greetings in the
name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I was looking at some pictures the other day of a car being wrapped. It
went from plain white to this beautiful race car in a few short hours,
amazing. The transformation was complete, this was now a race car. Or was
I am reminded of a conversation I had in a McDonaldís parking lot out on
the Island. A young fellow came up to the pace car, attracted by the decals.
He asked, ďWhat other modifications have you made? If it looks like this on
the outside, you better have something on the inside to back it up.Ē
I assured him that it was capable and if he would like to have a go I was
willing. He declined and we talked about all kinds of options we have to put
some power under the hood. That led to others conversations about more
Let me ask the same question; ďI see the outside, is there any
modifications we have made to put some power on the inside?Ē
We all know what a sleeper is, but there arenít too many people that fall
into that category. You know, the outside looks rough and worn but the
inside is tender, gracious and kind. Most times it is the other way around,
we look great on the outside but our inside is just a mess. It doesnít have
to be that way.
Romans 8:1-4; nlt, So now there is no
condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed
you from the power of sin that leads to death.
The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful
So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the
bodies we sinners have.
And in that body God declared an end to sinís control over us by giving his
Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied
who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
We can all have the power in us to live a life
that reflects the character of God. God will send His Spirit to us if we
ask. When we accept the sacrifice that Christ made for us and invite Him
into our lives God sends the Holy Spirit to live in us. The Holy Spirit
works in us to reveal the character of God.
Paul reveals what that looks like in Galatians
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law
against these things!
I would like to say I possess all these traits
in abundance. The fact remains I donít. I have the potential too, but that
may require a body off restoration! We need to allow God to shape us and
mold us into the person He created us to be.
I liken it to being in the garage area and hearing a page for a specific
engine builder to go to a specific car. He built the power plant but it
needs some fine tuning to get the best out of it. He knows what it is
capable of doing with the right adjustments. With his tools in hand he
adjusts, measures, adjusts, listens, and adjusts until it is running at peak
We can be more than window dressing if we allow the Holy Spirit to work
in our lives and transform us into the image of God. We donít have to
present a great outside while our insides are all messed up. The power of
God can free us if we let him. There is no condemnation for us if we are in
Christ Jesus, The power of God has freed us from the power of the enemy!
We need to realize that if we donít do something to correct the situation
we will never know the freedom and power of God. I am not saying it is easy,
I am saying it is worth the effort. We all need some adjustments.
It will be beneficial for us to take a look at the character traits of
God that He places in us through the Holy Spirit. Can you commit to be with
me for the next few weeks as we spend some time in Godís Word? Letís take
that journey together and see if we canít make some modifications under the
hood to reveal the power God has given us. Amen!
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
MOTORSPORTS 2016 - We are looking forward to
being with you next week. Let me share a special emphasis we will have in
our booth. We will be having a Breast Cancer Awareness effort as part of our
display. Joey Ferrigno will be bringing his pink modified courtesy of RH2
Radios and Gino Difilippo. We will be raising money to support the effort to
treat and cure Breast Cancer.
That is only one of the things we have in store, please make plans to
come by and check us out. Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus
is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support
helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.
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