The dictionary defines energy as “available power.”
To have the energy life demands, one must have reliable sources of power. So we exercise and eat and prepare for the day in ways that seek to get us energized.
Sleep is a source of energy. Food obviously fits into this category as does water, oxygen, vitamins, minerals, sugar, caffeine, and Wonder Bread. (In the 1950’s, Wonder Bread promised to build strong bodies eight ways!)
Our natural energy comes in specific types:
- Physical energy,
- Mental energy, and
- Emotional energy.
These three forms of energy have their own sources and each of us must provide the raw materials these sources need to produce the physical, mental, and emotional energy life requires. If we do not, we risk losing the ability to function through:
- Physical exhaustion,
- Mental fatigue, and
- Emotional burnout.
There is also a spiritual dimension to the human life and a fourth type of energy—spiritual energy. This energy also has its sources:
- The Word of God,
- Praise and Worship, (Which, of course, are forms of prayer.)
- Fellowship with other believers, and
- Christian service.
Deny or Embrace?
People who deny the existence of the spiritual side of life still need the things of the spirit. They substitute physical, mental, and emotional activity for the spiritual activity for which their depleted spirits are starving. No matter how high the art, how sublime the culture, how elated the aftermath of the workout, none of these things satisfy the human spirit.
People who embrace the spiritual side of life face a danger as well—we can also substitute human activity for the action of the Holy Spirit.
- We can deplete our physical beings by working in the Kingdom of God solely in our own power.
- We can drain our brains of all life trying to manipulate people and events toward a “spiritual” outcome.
- We can approach an emotional breakdown by trying to save the world or even our little corner of it.
Ruach—The Breath of God
The truth is this: when we gave our hearts to Him, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit came to live in us! We have the ruach, the Breath of Heaven in us! Talk about an energy source!
How do we tap this source? Two ways:
- Christian Disciplines, (Prayer/Word/Worship/Service) and
- Deeds of mercy.
The Christian discipline of daily prayer including worship and the Word is as essential to spiritual energy as diet, exercise, nutrition, hydration and breathing are to physical energy and study, fun, and concentration are to mental energy.
When we expend our energy to touch a hurting soul through witness or service, we are sharing Jesus’ favorite meal! He told the disciples after he had ministered life to the Woman at the Well, “I have food that you know nothing about–my nourishment is to do the will of my Father and finish His work.” Serving God does not cost us energy; it provides us energy.
With daily prayer and faithful service, we find an energy source that will never be depleted—and neither will we!
…his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
2 Timothy 1:6-7
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Ephesians 3:16-17; 20-21: 6:10
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen….Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…
Lord Jesus, You are my strength! I stand in dangerous places because You are my safety. Help me build the structure of my life on You, the Solid Rock. In the cycle of day and night, You are my energy throughout each day and my rest every night. As the Bible says, I want to be “strong in the Lord and the power of Your might.” Grant me a constant source of spiritual energy as Your Spirit dwells within. I need Your wisdom to regulate my life so that I rest when it is time to rest and work when it is time to work—all in Your amazing grace. In Your powerful name, Amen.
Old Time Power
Words and Music: Charles D. Tillman
1. They were in an upper chamber,
They were all with one accord,
When the Holy Ghost descended
As was promised by the Lord.
O Lord, send the pow’r just now,
O Lord, send the pow’r just now;
O Lord, send the pow’r just now
And baptize every one.
2. Yes, the pow’r from Heav’n descended
With the sound of rushing wind;
Tongues of fire came down upon them,
As the Lord said He would send.
3. Yes, this old-time pow’r was given
To our fathers who were true;
This is promised to believers,
And we all may have it too.
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