"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Saturday, February 12, 2011

ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY EXHAUSTED?

Isaiah 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.  They shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.

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Spiritual exhaustion comes thru service, always giving out, never replenishing our spirit with His Word, prayer, and communion with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, "feed my sheep', this means that we must have to be nourishment for other souls until they learn to feed on God for themselves.  There is always something to do in the church, whether it is a class to teach, or some other job to do.  Our first response is if no one else will do it then I will have to do the job, no matter how busy I already am.  Soon, those around us can see that there is no joy in our service, no spiritual activity within us because we have become spiritually drained.

Satan does not care how busy we are working for the church, because the more we do, the more depleted we become emotionally, physically and saddest of all spiritually.  This is when he can so easily get our minds off the important things of God and  we begin to slip into a spiritual valley.

Yes there is much to do in the work of God, we must all be committed to doing our part, but the most important thing to remember is that the Holy Spirit will put a burning desire into us when He desires for us to take on or continue doing something for Him.  Instead of thinking we know more than God and volunteer to do a specific thing because no one else at the moment will volunteer, is not God's will for us.  If the job in the church really is of God, he will speak to someone about doing it.  Maybe not in an instant, but the world will not come to an end if we wait upon the Lord and let Him speak to the person that He has in mind for that work. 

You can only drive a vehicle as long as there is fuel in the tank.  When the fuel is depleted, the vehicle will stop and will have to be pushed.  The same thing applies to our work for the Lord, we can only work and be effective for the Kingdom of God IF we keep our spiritual self full of His Word, prayer, and communion with His Spirit.  If we have to study to teach 3 or 4 classes, or prepare to chair 3 or 4 committees in the church, when are we going to find the time to get alone with God to refresh our spiritual man?  The Bible states that Jesus had to get alone with God to stay on course to do His Father's Will that He had been born in to this world to accomplish.

The night that Jesus was arrested he was in the garden of Gethsemane.  He told His disciples to tarry while we went a little piece away to pray  alone because, "His soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death."
If we do not stay in a spirit of prayer and communion with the Holy Spirit our souls can become exceedingly sorrowful with the cares of this world.

Remember satan is as a roaring lion going about seeking whom he may devour.  Life can become so full of troubles that we forget that all we can do is to turn them over to God.  When we let God handle our problems and questions and ask for wisdom, the Bible says that He will give it to us and he will not rebuke us for asking.  If we seek the Holy Spirit with all our heart, mind and strength, He will give us that peace that passes ALL understanding.

Again, thank you my precious friend for reading this blog,
Love, Gloria Powell



Copyright 2011 Gloria B. Powell. All rights reserved.

6 comments:

Denise said...

Amen, such a precious peace.

Angie Knight said...

AWESOME post! I am so glad you brought THIS to the forefront of our minds!

You are so right, I loved the analogy of the vehicle! I have felt that so often! WAIT!!! WAIT on the LORD!

Tami said...

We love you mom! We will talk to you soon. Happy Valentine's Day!

Martha Harrison said...

Gloria,
The scripture in Isaiah is the one I just sent to Darrell to wait upon the Lord!! This is so wonderful & so true-- we need to stay close to the Lord & then we can hear HIS VOICE
Love
Your sister
Martha

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