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Running On Empty

Posted: Thursday, September 24

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Isaiah 43:14-45:10
Ephesians 3:1-21
Psalm 68:1-18
Proverbs 24:1-2 


Verse of the day:

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16)

Jon Krakauer, in his book, "Into Thin Air," shares the hazards that plagued climbers as they attempted to summit Mount Everest. Andy Harris, an expedition leader, stayed at the peak too long and on his descent, he became in great need of oxygen. Harris radioed the base camp and told them about his predicament. He mentioned that he had come across a cache of oxygen canisters left by the other climbers but they were all empty. The climbers who already passed the canisters on their own descent knew they were not empty, but full. They pleaded with him on the radio to make use of them but it was to no avail. Harris was starved for oxygen but he continued to argue that the canisters were empty. 



The problem was that the lack of what he needed had so disoriented his mind that though he was surrounded by something that would give him life, he continued to complain of its absence. The lack of oxygen had starved his capacity to recognize what was right in front of him. 



Friends, what oxygen is to the body, the Holy Spirit is to the soul of the follower of Jesus. Maybe you are suffocating and you don’t even know it. Jesus offers His life giving Spirit to empower us with all the strength we need for every challenge we face. So how about you, are you running on empty? Maybe it’s time to stop and pray and once again ask Him to fill you with the glorious, unlimited resource of His Spirit.