I find this general principle to be true in my life:
I have seasons in my walk with Christ.
I have times when I feel really close to God. During these seasons, I’m walking in close relationship with Christ. I’m motivated to do my devotions. I know this spiritual high as I’m listening to worship music in my car and when I’m getting ready in the morning. Often I experience these awesome times on missions trips, on vacations, or when things are going well. But I’m not always like that.
I have seasons when I feel pretty dry and even distant in my walk with God. It seems as though temptation is stronger and harder to stand against. It takes effort to get up to do my devotions when the alarm sounds. It feels as though my walk with God is more of an obligation than it is a relationship. Often I feel dry and struggle when I get so busy I can’t think, when I’m not eating, sleeping or exercising well. As I think about these seasons of dryness I note several things. They don’t usually come from outright rebellion but more from seasons of just drifting. Dryness comes from times when I live independent from God in small ways. I find that I start living to please myself rather than depending upon Christ.
It’s both encouraging and challenging to know I’m not alone in these seasons of dryness and the call of God to seek personal renewal. This scripture is the call in my life and I wonder if it’s not the call in your life as we start this New Year?
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” Revelation 2:2-5
So it’s out of that dryness that I believe God is calling to us. Listen to this amazing verse:
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6
Spiritual awakening happens when God wakes a person up and the person turns to God, guided by His Word, and repents of their dryness. Can you sense the drought in your life?
What does a drought in your soul look or feel like?
- You are spiritually weary.
- You are spiritually dry.
- You are spiritually lazy and unmotivated.
- Your prayers are words without belief.
- Your life is routine and without passion for Christ.
So here’s my encouragement for you today: Don’t lose heart. God is waiting to bring wave upon wave of grace and mercy to you:
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16
Here's a message for someone right now - Christ is saying to you “Come back to me”.
“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.” Hosea 6:1
So as we seek personal revival, a personal restart, here is the first step. Turn back and return to God. Turning back involves three things.
- Recognize that some things have to go.
- Listen again to the quiet and loving voice of God’s conviction.
- Repent of sin.
Please let me know how I can pray for you and encourage you.