DayBreaks for 08/12/19: The Power at Work Within You
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2019:
I have recently been reading a fascinating book titled, A Short History of Nearly Everything, by author Bill Bryson. It is not a Christian book…but it is nonetheless an incredible read about the history of things like astronomy, physics, chemistry, geophysics, well…in short, nearly everything. The anecdotes about great women and men of science and history and the exceedingly rich information about some of the sciences and discoveries truly intriguing.
One of the chapters is titled, “Einstein’s Universe” and it describes as you might imagine, the universe as Einstein understood it – and the physics behind it. (I’m not a physicist at all, but I can’t put this book down!!!!) We all know that there is tremendous energy stored in the atom. We know this from the power of nuclear weapons. It doesn’t take a lot of fissile material to make a really big bang. But you may have never thought of that in terms of what makes up your own body – which, as you know, is also made up of atoms.
Did you realize that, if you are an average sized adult, inside of your body you carry no less than 7 x 1018 joules of potential energy. Now before you scurry off to find out what a joule is, just know that it’s a measurement of a unit of electrical energy equal to the work done when a current of one ampere is passed through a resistance of one ohm for one second, or: a unit of energy equal to the work done when a force of one newton acts through a distance of one meter.
That clears it up, right? Good! Well, don’t worry about it because you don’t have to understand it to get the point of this stuff about joules. Here’s why: the potential energy stored up in the atoms of your body is enough to explode with the force of 30 very large hydrogen bombs (if only we knew how to liberate it). Sort of gives new meaning to the saying about someone “blowing up”!
The truth is that everything that exists has that kind of power stored up in it. We just aren’t any good at releasing that kind of energy. Even the uranium bomb – the most energetic thing that mankind has yet produced – releases less than 1 percent of the energy it could release if only we were smarter at how to release it. But that 1% is incredibly powerful.
As amazing as all of that is, it’s nothing. Not really. Consider this passage from Ephesians 3:20 (NLT): Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.
What would happen if we yielded completely and totally to the power of the Spirit that works inside of us? What percentage of spiritual energy do you think you currently release and tap in to? Is it less than 1% as in the case of the uranium bomb? My guess is that as regular old ordinary humans, we tap into far less than 1/1000th of 1% of the power of the Spirit. Think of what a different world it would be if we figured out how to really let the Spirit loose to work in and through us!!!!
PRAYER: How effectively we quench Your Holy Spirit, Lord! We long to live more powerful spiritual lives, to have more victory and less failure. Teach us how to turn Your Spirit loose inside of us for the sake of the kingdom and the lost! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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