When Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida in 1992, Norena's home was severely damaged. She received an insurance settlement, but it wasn't enough to finish the work necessary to bring her house back to standard. Her contractor stopped working the money ran out, and the house was left without electricity.
Norena is elderly and of limited means. She had no choice but to accept the situation. For the next 15 years, she lived without power: No hot showers, no air-conditioning, and no light to read by at night.
Finally, someone found out about her living conditions. The city of Miami was notified. The mayor arranged for an electrician to come to the house; it took only a few hours of work for power to be restored.
Afterwards, Norena said, "It's hard to describe how it feels to have electricity. It's overwhelming."
Many believers live a Christian life that is like a half-constructed home. Power is almost within their grasp, but they continue to live in the dark, day after day, year after year.
It doesn't have to be that way. Jesus made us a promise... "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8
If you're a believer and feel like you're living in the dark, in a half-finished house, I want you to know that power is within your reach.
That's why Jesus sent the Hoy Spirit to dwell within us, and it's why Paul challenges us to be filled with Spirit every day. He is our source of power.