The Spiritual Energy Crisis

October 13, 2013

The Spiiritual Energy Crisis

            We are extremely dependent on the energy that gives us electricity.  We would be in a crisis situation if we didn’t have petroleum to power our cars and trucks.  We aren’t at the point of exhausting our supply of petroleum, but our access to it could suddenly be cut off if our electronic grid was destroyed.  Our electronic grid is facing two dangers.  Scientists keep telling us that an electromagnetic pulse from a solar flare could fry our sensitive electronic gear.  Some scientists say it’s not a question of whether this could happen, but rather a question of when it will happen.

Another threat comes from enemy nations, some of whom are capable of exploding an EMP bomb over our country. It would have the same devastating result.  This article wasn’t written to cause alarm, or to tell you what to do in the event that we had such an energy crisis.  My intent is to make you aware of the energy crisis we Christians suffer, because we aren’t taking advantage of the power of God at our disposal.

In Acts 1:8 God promises to give us power to be his witnesses.  “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” This world desperately needs to hear the gospel.  Many Christians excuse themselves saying, “I’m just not cut out for that.”  They suffer from a spiritual energy crisis. Many times they just haven’t trusted God for the power to do it.  They need to have a clear understanding of the gospel and know how to explain it to others.

Some in this world reject the gospel saying, “I don’t have what it would take to live the Christian life.” The truth is, they don’t.  The power comes from God after they confess to him that they are sinners and ask him to save them.  He gives us the power to live the Christian life.  That power is promised in II Corinthians 9:8. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” II Corinthians 12:9 also says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” With God’s power at our disposal, there is no need for suffering from a spiritual energy crisis.

God doesn’t give us power to do sensational things and call attention to ourselves.  In the Bible we read about a man who sought that power.  He was rebuked by Peter.  “And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,   Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.   But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.   Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.  For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.  Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.” The power God gives to us is to enable us to live for him.  None of us have as much of it as we need.  Sometimes we don’t have it because of unconfessed sin.  Ask and ye shall receive.

When God’s people are in the midst of a spiritual energy crisis, they don’t have power to resist temptation.  Often they realize they are being defeated.  They decide to go to Church.  When they do, they get a surge of energy, but they get negligent about church and suffer another energy crisis.  They need to stay permanently plugged into the power source.

We don’t have within ourselves the power to live a victorious Christian life.  The Apostle Paul said, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not”  (Romans 7:18).  Zechariah  4:6 says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”Again Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Don’t be caught up in a spiritual energy crisis.  God’s people find strength by spending some time with him every day.  That is done by reading a portion of the Bible and praying for God’s direction in their lives.  In Psalm 63:1-2 King David said, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;   To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”

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