Unlimited spiritual energy

A Christian Science perspective: News of fatigue healed.

Throughout my youth I suffered from a persistent lack of energy. Then, as an adult, I found the following promise in the Bible encouraging: “[God] gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29, New King James Version). Even though this passage gave me hope, I continued to be inordinately weary until I learned more about God and my relationship to Him.

I loved God, but I didn’t have a deep understanding of God at the time. Then one day I heard about a book based on the Bible that explained more about God and His loving relationship to His creation. This book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” was written by Mary Baker Eddy, a woman whose search for health led her to discover how gaining a better understanding of God and the spiritual nature of creation results in physical and moral healing.

Reading the book, I learned that God is not just powerful but that God is the only power there is. His power is unlimited and always upholds all that is good. This unlimited power is not a material force, though. The power of God is the energy of Spirit – the action of God’s goodness expressed in His creation. Speaking to this point, Mrs. Eddy says, “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy” (Science and Health, p. 249).

One idea in the book really caught my attention and helped me understand my close relationship to God: “Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God” (p. 250). This idea showed me that my energy level was not the product of a material body but was the reflection of God’s power, of Spirit’s energy.

As I continued to read, I was impressed by how these ideas coincided with Christ Jesus’ teachings. For example, Jesus attributed all power to God when he said, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (John 5:19). Jesus knew the only power he had was a reflection of God’s power, and he utilized this power – the divine energy of Spirit – to give sight to the blind and cleanse the lepers. Seeing this coincidence of Jesus’ teachings with what I was reading in Science and Health gave me even more confidence that God, Spirit, is the only real source of energy. One way to pray is to thank God, and I did thank God that my stamina was spiritual, originating in an infinite source.

Though I can’t say exactly when the healing took place, soon I noticed that I had more energy than I had ever had before, and I have continued to enjoy this sense of vigor ever since. God’s love for mankind is universal. Because of this, you can be assured this same unlimited spiritual energy belongs to you, too.

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