We all need boosts of energy from time to time. There are many good and healthy ways to boost your energy, and there are many not so good ways. That first sip of coffee in the morning is the jolt that many people need to get moving. The rise of energy drinks is driven by the fact that they are loaded with ingredients that provide mental and physical stimulation. The use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in athletics gives the users of those PEDs an edge over his or her competition. Before our football games in college we ate foods with lots of carbohydrates since carbs are our body’s best source of energy. Before track meets we sometimes used other, less healthy, methods to try to gain an edge.
We do have one power source that can lead and guide us each and every day. In order to live the lives God intends us to live, we need a Helper. Before his death, Jesus promises that a Helper will come. In John 14:26 He says this – “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.”
After His resurrection, and before His ascension into Heaven, Jesus tells the disciples this, found in Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This past weekend we celebrated Pentecost, which is the fiftieth day after Easter, the day on which the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, giving them the power source they needed to live and teach the good news of Jesus. God has given us the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct our steps. When you invite Jesus into your heart you also get the Holy Spirit as part of that transaction: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16)
In IndyCar Racing, there is technology called push-to-pass, which is a mechanism that provides the driver with the ability to increase the car’s horsepower for short period of time. The driver is only allotted so many seconds of this power boost during each race so it must be used wisely to give the most benefit. Additionally, push-to-pass is only allowed to be used in certain situations during the course of the race.
Unlike the methods you might use to temporarily boost your energy, tapping into the Holy Spirit gives you a permanent boost in power and wisdom, producing spiritual fruit that is evident in your life. And unlike the limited amount of power boost allowed in auto racing, the Spirit gives you an unlimited, and always accessible, power source.
Are you asking the Holy Spirit for power on a daily basis? He is your unlimited power source!
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