Get the App

Get the App

Author: The Rev. Dr. David Bridges, Priest
January 11, 2022

I remember my first Mobile Phone. It was a suitcase-size box behind the seat of the truck and a handset with a wire mounted on the front console. It could blow the horn if the phone rang, and I could run back to the truck and answer it.

Then there was the Bag Phone. If the battery was charged I could carry it with me like luggage and not have to run back to the truck to answer it. It was really cool for that time. Then came Flip Phones. That opened-up a new world for us. We could take and share pictures and send texts; no wires, no bag, very cool.

Then came Smart Phones. Wow, what a game changer! These things have an Operating System and can download nearly unlimited Apps (special programs like games, etc.). One problem is that these apps can run in the background, even when you are not using them.

 When the phone starts acting more strangely than normal or is running slowly, one of the things the phone company will tell you to do is check which apps are open all the time, then turn them off. That will speed-up your operating system.

It occurs to me that we humans have a similar situation. When we were created we had an operating system that was fully linked-up with the Creator. Then someone downloaded an App; Imperfection/Sin/Darkness entered the picture. Our connection to the Creator was corrupted.

That “App” has caused immense trouble for all of humankind. That is what Yeshua/Messiah/Jesus came to earth to correct; the connection between the Creator and humankind. Even so, we still have the propensity to inadvertently or willingly re-download or re-start that Darkness App.

Even though we are “saved” we are not immune to the possibility of re-entering darkness. We have the blessing/curse of free will to deal with. Then, how do we make our will compatible with the will of the Creator?

 We do that by spending quality time with the Creator. That time includes prayer, study, worship and fellowship with like-minded believers for the strengthening of our faith. We can never say we “have it all together” because keeping it together is a daily task.

Those pesky negative Apps can enter our spiritual/emotional operating system and cause us real problems if we are not fully protected by the Holy Spirit. Our protection comes from not only seeking the Holy Spirit, but also by listening to it.

We can build the App we need to remain strong in our faith and decision to walk with Messiah daily until He returns. We build that App by training our minds to focus on God’s Kingdom. “… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things … and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8)

Blessings and Peace to You All,
Fr. David+


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