DayBreaks for 06/29/11 – To Feel the Power

DayBreaks for 06/29/11 – To Feel the Power

NOTE: Galen is on Sabbatical until 7/11.  Until he returns, DayBreaks will be publishing prior devotions (that is, if Galen has access to the Internet!)  Thanks for your understanding!

To feel the power...

Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert an hour east of Bakersfield, California, some folks who were new to boating were having a problem.  No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22-foot Bayliner to perform.  It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power was applied.  After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted over to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them what was wrong.  A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working order.  The engine ran fine, the out drive went up and down, the prop was the correct size and pitch.  So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath.  He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard.  Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.”

I think that to some degree, we all like to feel power – the surge of a powerful engine in a car or boat, the thrust of the jet engines as they begin their gulping of air.

We long to feel power in our own spiritual lives as well.  The power comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Try as we might, sometimes we just don’t seem to feel the power.  It seems that we just can’t seem to make any forward motion, or it is much slower and harder going than we thought it would be.

If there is something that we can learn from the boaters, it is that some things must behind in order to feel the intended power.  In our lives there are many things that weigh us down, that cause us to move slowly and sluggishly.  Do you want to feel the power of the Spirit in your life?  Take stock of what you are hauling around with you.  Bear in mind that it may be “below the waterline” and invisible to others.  My guess is that you know EXACTLY what it is that you need to detach from your life.  Now is the time to cast it aside and feel the power!

Hebrews 12:1 – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”  You can’t run when you are weighed down.

Copyright 2001 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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