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ALL OUT – ENERGY
Today we are going to talk about our energy. We know that the only things we have to give is our time, talent, energy, and finances. I think most people would agree that it is hard to keep our energies flowing—let alone keep them flowing in the right direction.
I want to expose one of the reasons why we fight being exhausted. “If we feel we have no energy most of the time, it is usually due to the fact that we are on “high alert” and feeling anxious ALL the time. That creates intense cortisol levels rushing through our bodies” (Clinical Psychologist, Gladys Frankel, PHD).
It is like your body is constantly asking “Where is the danger?” That can be exhausting. Much of it is due to today’s stressors. They may be low grade and in the background, but they still put a demand on our attention. Our phones and 24-hour social media pull on us constantly; we have jobs that demand more than 8 hours a day, to name only a few. I said ALL that to expose what the enemy is trying to do. He is trying to dominate our thoughts, time, and energy. He would like to take away our focus from ALL that God has given us to do for His Kingdom.
The good news is that we are EMPOWERED by the SPIRIT to go ALL OUT for God, and we are equipped to do it. That means the enemy can’t have ALL of our energy unless we offer it to Him. Look at these encouraging Scriptures.
Colossians 1:29 ESV
For this I toil, struggling with ALL His energy that He POWERFULLY works within me.
Paul said that even in his hard work he was aware of God’s SPIRIT EMPOWERMENT energy working through him. We have access to the energy of God.
Philippians 2:13 ESV
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
If He is the One working through you, you actually get energized, not depleted. That is how good our God is! We must know that when we offer our energies, and direct them towards God’s will concerning others, we will be working with God Himself. He will give us what we need to honor Him with our energy.
Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives POWER to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
He gives POWER to the faint. YAY GOD! When we feel weary in our bodies or in well doing, our God is there to energize us by His SPIRIT! We do not have to live exhausted. We have resurrection POWER available to us! He will give us back our time, talent, finances and ENERGY when we are living for Him.
Ephesians 5:15-17 TPT
15-16 So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for His purposes. 17 And don’t live foolishly for then you will have discernment to fully understand God’s will.
We need to take FULL advantage of every day as we go ALL OUT.
I believe the Lord is opening many doors for us in 2020. But first to access those doors, we must open the door of our own heart. If we open it, He will pour in more for us to be able to hold in our hearts what is necessary to help others. He will open doors in our everyday lives to give the Good News to those that need to hear and healing to those who need healing. Miracles will flow as we are SPIRIT EMPOWERED to go ALL OUT. Doors will open for more opportunities to minister in other places, and we must be ready to obey the call. ALL of this requires energy!
Perhaps we need to use this fast as a way to predetermine that we will live a fasted life—free from the energy stealers of the enemy. We can start a plan to give the first fruits of our days to God and trust Him for the return we need the most. Be determined to fast from utilizing ALL our energies for things that have no eternal value and trade them in for things that do.
Look for who can partner with us for the glory of God to be realized on the earth through us. Focus our energies in the right direction, and we will be renewed morning by morning.
Lord, show me Your ways. Let me take full advantage of every day in the way that pleases You. I am asking You, Holy SPIRIT, to awaken my senses to the very presence of God and direct my path so that I will enjoy the journey that has been laid OUT before me.
Please don’t let me regret where I spent my energies at the end of my life, but help me to stay focused on my Lord and on those He loves. Direct me when, who and where to give my energy, and then refill me with Your POWER and prove Yourself to me as I go ALL OUT on purpose. In the precious Name of Jesus, I pray.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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- What was your “aha” moment from today?
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