Monday, 13 May 2013

Renewable Energy

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Have you ever seen how silicon ingots are made? These special objects hold a unique property and are used to manufacture solar energy cells. The silicon ingots are sliced into thin wafers, and then exposed to positive and negative gases – forming a Positive-Negative (P-N) junction. The unique thing about silicon is that it acts as a semiconductor. When the silicon wafers are exposed to light, (photons) electrons are excited to bounce from one atom to the next. This forms an electrical circuit. As servants of God, we too are like solar cells. God has selected special people to learn about His kingdom. We have been introduced to the light of God and are excited to share this knowledge with others (John 8:12, 1 Peter 2:9), and we serve as semiconductors of enlightening information. Solar energy is often called renewable energy, because the use of light does not deplete resources on earth, such as coal, oil, and gas. As servants of God, we are renewable; our minds are teachable. We take energy from God and do not rely on our own way of thought, which can be contrary to God’s will (Proverbs 3:5-6). Some of the basic qualities that God teaches us are:

Love
Humility
Respect
Forgiveness
Patience

Love is the greatest commandment. As servants of Jesus Christ, and His Father, we are commanded to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:25-28). To perform this commandment requires consistent continuity in thought. For example, God teaches us to not hold a grudge against our brothers and sisters (Leviticus 19:18). If we were to disconnect our thoughts from loving God and our brethren, and allow ourselves to behave with a grudge, it could result in sin. Consider the effects of holding a grudge. There are even physiological effects associated with resentment, which you might find interesting to research by visiting this web site and similar sites: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/forgiveness/MH00131 However, because we walk in the light, we renew our minds and abstain from this type of negative behavior. Love allows us to renew our minds to align with God’s will, and to shine and walk as good servants in His light.

Humility is required to be a servant of God. When God and His son Jesus Christ created us, we were made in their image (Genesis 1:26-27), with the ability to reason and think intellectually. Because of this characteristic, we have an electromotive force that can be prideful and stubborn to defend our own ideas. The only way to learn, however, is to be humble, or teachable. Jesus Christ is the greatest example of humility. He was the archangel, an assistant to his Father in the creation of all things, including us, and he chose to please his Father; he became a man (Philippians 2:3-10). The very beings Jesus Christ helped to create, killed him, and yet he died without sin to offer himself as a righteous sacrifice for all men. Jesus Christ served His Father with a perfect attitude that illuminates the deeds of a true servant. He renewed his mind through humility, and we can too.

Respect God, His Son, and their creation. The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). We transform our minds, just as photonic energy causes the movement of electrons; our heavenly Father motivates us through His Holy Spirit to teach us of His will, which requires a bit of listening on our part. The light that is revealed to us may be humbling, and require change, but it will yield righteousness. Respect His teachings and He will brighten your mind with new understanding.

Forgive quickly and easily. To hold onto grudges and wrongful acts done toward you is to be unforgiving. God is full of mercy and grace, even sacrificing His only son to be an offering for our sins. A positive and negative junction forms when we have the opportunity to forgive (Matthew 18:21-22), because we become conductors of the benefits of forgiveness with a positive or negative choice. Choose the positive path of forgiveness to be free from the negative effects of storing up a grudge. Like a fully charged capacitor, a stored grudge can release a strong burst of energy that might be difficult to control. Forgive now to renew your mind toward all men, especially to the members of the church of God.

Patiently endure. As we walk the circuit of life, transient distractions will arise like unwanted voltage from a bolt of lightning on a power system. Distractions can add turbulence to our walk, but with the help of a renewed mind from our God, we can overcome transient voltage and add strength to our journey. The world is functioning according to God’s timeline, and His plans are perfect (2 Peter 3:1-12). When we learn to adjust our energy flow to match God’s will, we reduce our resistance in our walk toward the kingdom. Activate patience in your walk to assure continuity of your service toward God.

A renewable mind pleases God. We are energized by the light of God through His son Jesus Christ, and serve as semiconductors of this life-giving information. The greatest commandment is love. To acquire more knowledge, renew your mind with humility. Choose the fear of God and respect His teachings. Serve as a semiconductor of God’s enlightening teachings. Be ready to forgive to prevent the deleterious effects of a grudge. Endure with patience to synchronize your timeline with God’s schedule. Be renewable.
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