137 - Running On Empty

March 16, 2021

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 137 – SHOW NOTES


  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 137 titled:

Running On Empty

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– I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”

  1. (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.


  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.


BB&JT: Plea and thank you for ratings and review & for spreading the word via social media and word of mouth…

BB –  Have you ever run out of gas? (I mean like in driving)


JT: ANSWER, --- How about you?      




  1. Bob – POINT: It’s amazing how we try to go farther and farther when we are near empty in our vehicles … and even worse is how we try to keep going without spiritual nourishment and wonder why we have feeling inside we are running on empty. Even Jesus took time to be nourished in prayer when He seemed to be drained by the crowd…


Mark 6:45–46 (ESV) — 45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

And if Jesus… how about us?


  1. JT ------ OK THEN LET’S TALK SOME MORE ABOUT THAT as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW –  as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com …

Bob, tell us what you wrote in your blog,

Running On Empty

  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article,
  • Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog

“Running On Empty”


  • Bob concludes with “The PowerBreak blog is found at bobbrubaker.com”      ((((:03 PAUSE))))


  1. JT – What’s happening Bob? Any news we need to know about this week?”…


  1. Bob - “God’s Powerline Of Prayer” and –… & Sermon link on the website.

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  1. JT – This is the PowerBreak Podcast, I’m JT along with Bob Brubaker and this is the  –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO JT@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…




How does our “running on empty” show up in our lives, and what is the cure?

  1. Bob

First it shows up in our attempting to do life and ministry with an empty tank --- without refueling from by connecting in a dependent way with the Lord.

John 15:4–5 (ESV) — 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

That’s what Jesus said… but when life gets in the way of daily time with God in His word, and daily time with Him in personal prayer, we soon find that we neglect the corporate activities with other Christians – in worship and fellowship. Pretty soon we begin to dry up and it’s such a slow process… that we may not notice …. But others do… and often when WE DO… it becomes a place of shame (by the accuser of the brothers) … and rather than confess, repent, and return to what we know to do … we try to hide, put on like nothing is wrong, and go about trying to fool others surviving on our own strength, rather than His.

UNTIL OF COURSE WE JUST RUN OUT OF GAS… and something happens that causes us to cry out to Him --- (sickness, loss of job, a death, or whatever…)

How do we keep that from happening and how do we get back to a “full tank” when we are trying to run on empty?

Hebrews 10:19–25 (ESV) — 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.


Go back to the first love --- Go back to the daily discipline --- Go back to the discipline of being in corporate worship …. It’s God’s means of giving us grace --- “filling our tanks” if you please to face the struggles of life.


  1. JT – Question Two… “FROM THE MENTAL ASPECT” –


What about mentally? What does trying to “run on empty” look like in that aspect of life and how do we overcome?


  1. Bob


Because the spiritual side of life is all encompassing for the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of life… it makes sense that you apply the same principles to the mental aspect of life.


When we feel mentally drained, we need the relief that meditation will give to us. Often we turn to the comfort of zone out where we feed our praise the non activity of passive entertainment. Which may work for a season… but what we need is meditation.


When we think of meditation often we go to means that try to free our minds by focusing on nothing…. However the Scriptures teach us that meditation is releasing our thought of everything but God and His word…


Psalm 1:1–3 (ESV) — 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.


Spiritually, Mentally, and Physically – life all comes back to God and His word having a place regularly in our lives because without it … we will run on empty.




  1. (JT) Third Question …. Turning to the physical aspect of life….


You and I have both been guilty of this… trying to take on a long bike ride without sufficient fuel and have bonked…all because we’ve tried to “run on empty” but it didn’t work. What’s your take?


  1. BB & JT discuss


Probably endurance athletes are most gullible when it comes to this because we have too high of expectations on our level of endurance and we also are aware of the need to keep our weight in check so often we try to live with low fuel to loose some extra weight and go farther on what we’ve been going on the same or even worse on lower amounts of nutrition. (((BEEN THERE DONE THAT AND IT DOESN’T WORK))


Reminder from the medical director at the Ironman, “If you don’t have a plan to eat and drink and keep it – you’ll see me early and you’ll be out of the race.”


Ever Bonk JT??


Bob’s final comment – It takes discipline …. To follow good nutrition guidelines… and avoid trying to “run on empty.”


Point: DISCIPLINE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE --- in all aspects of life

Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 137.


  1. JT – Submit your questions by EMAIL to JT@bobbrubaker.com and listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast

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