People have been using cell phones for nearly two decades. Every year they develop cell phones that do more things than the last one. One of the latest cell phones developed is called a smart phone. A smart phone is usually used for communication. We talk to friends; we make purchases from someone or some place; we read the latest news about our favorite people, organization, town, or state. We can even look at social media to communicate with our ‘online’ friends.
When we purchase a smart phone, we need to ‘activate’ the phone. In other words, we need to prepare our phone to communicate with the ‘cell tower’ that will relay the communication between our smart phone and the people with which we want to communicate.
On the smart phone there are several ‘folders’ or icons that we can tap. When we tap one of them, it will open several ‘apps’ files. For instance, we may see an icon that says something like ‘play store’. In play store you will find several games you can download, or you will see special kinds of applications that you may want to use. You may also find ‘widgets’ in the apps files that you can use to give the time, temperature, weather alerts, calculators, etc. These little helpful things are supposed to make you more productive. When you click on these icons, they will install on your phone. Some of them will require activation and some will not require activation.
When God made man, he gave man a heart. The basic function of the heart is to communicate with the various organs of the body. This communication is done by circulating blood through the body.
The heart is also designed to communicate with people and with God. Our heart, like our cell phone is activated for communication. The cell phone communicates through cell towers and the heart communicates through the spirit.
Because Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they were given a communication package called ‘sin.’ God determined that every person born would have that communication package.
18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Matthew 15:18-19(NIV)
Because of Jesus death and resurrection, God placed a new folder on our heart. The name of the folder is ‘Hope and Restoration’ and is identified by the cross icon. It is installed on your heart, but it needs to be activated. It will require your approval to be activated. God will not force His communication on your heart against your will.
In the ‘Hope and Restoration’ folder are several apps. They include: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23NIV). These apps were intended to replace those default apps installed on our basic heart; the apps installed in our heart when Adam and Eve sinned. Those apps include: murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander, etc. Matthew 15:19(NIV)
If you want the full benefit of the ‘Hope and Restoration’ apps, you must install all of the apps available in that folder. However, it is possible to pick and choose which ones you want. But remember that failure to install one of these apps will allow some of the default apps to stay active. When installing the ‘Hope and Restoration’ apps, it is recommended that you use your Wi-Fi (Wholesome information For intimacy) connection. When you activate the ‘Hope and Restoration’ folder, you will also receive a free upgrade in service. This upgrade includes the Holy Spirit plus unlimited text and messaging.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27(NIV)
In addition to receiving the Holy Spirit, you will also receive a virus protection plan. This plan is called your conscience. When false information comes your way, the Holy Spirit can block it before it ruins your heart. The Holy Spirit will help keep your heart and mind pure and free of corruption.
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:7-9(NIV)
“Can you hear me now?” Was a phrase that one cell phone service provider used to show people that where ever they went, they would still have cell phone service. With the Holy Spirit providing your heart communication service, you will never be out of communication with God. In Matthew 28, Jesus promised his followers that he would never leave them; He would be with them for eternity.
The ‘Hope and Restoration’ folder can be activated from anyplace. In the Old Testament people had to make a sacrifice on an altar, but the cross became the last altar that was needed because Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice. He died for the sins of the whole world: past, present, and future. And because of this sacrifice, we do not need to go to an altar, a church, or a pastor. The Holy Spirit can activate the ‘Hope and Restoration” folder right where you are. It is activated by believing that Jesus died for you sin. There is no specific prayer that needs to be prayed. However, the relief of the burden of sin being lifted from your back may cause you to thank God for sending His son to pay the price of your sin; or you may want to thank God for adopting you into His family as one of His children; or you may want to share the good news with some friends; or you may just want to thank God for loving you. The requirement is to believe in your heart that Jesus died for you. Because He died for you, your relationship with God can be restored to what it was before Adam and Eve sinned. The default apps can be deleted!
As you continue to study God’s Word as written in the Bible, the Holy Spirit will help you to understand what God is telling you. He will also show you how to use the ‘Hope and Restoration’ apps in the folder to make you a better person. Someday Jesus will come back to take you to your heavenly home to live with Him. Then you will be able to talk face to face with your Redeemer.
This offer is a limited time offer. It must be accepted before your life on earth ends. God is calling, “can you hear him now?
NOTE: Scripture quoted in this blog were downloaded from www.biblegateway.com