“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”
Many believers find themselves thinking, “Am I still to be found enjoying the graces of God if my efforts in expressing myself in activities have waned? Or when I am experiencing mental backsliding of spiritual life?” It is not unusual for one’s faith to show signs of lethargy if not addressed properly. This can actually be a positive thing for a Christian. I’ll discuss this more shortly.
As a Christian, I am humbled with my own reflection of drifting from my spiritual path. I need to frequently tell myself, “Joel, God has not given up on you and He is not done with you yet”. I am always amazed that every time I let myself wander from God’s chosen path, He always helps me return to Him and the path He has chosen for me.
In my reading I have found that a Christian’s measure of grace received is not the key toward which we gauge our spirituality, but rather our ability to carry out God’s commands as Christians to fulfill His will is key.
In our world we experience many forces that diminish our path toward God’s holiness and grace. Satin loves the worldly experiences we have. He encourages experiences that work to expose our soul to diminished spirituality and faith.
When we veer from soul enriching faith, Satin loves to take advantage of our weaknesses. Satin will assume the appearance of an “angel of light”. He will display angelic gentleness. He will tell you that you are just too far gone to receive God’s grace or nearness to God so why bother to try. He will claim you have become too attached to worldly possessions and your faith has grown cold and icy. Your faith has grown too lethargic. He may even tell you your earthly interests have allowed you to have strayed too far for seeking communion with God at church and allowed you to think you can deal with life on your own. And besides, doing things your own way is more enjoyable.
Even more, Satin will work to get you to believe your holy and spiritual duties are just a joke and hypocritical for you in this life on earth. All the while you are left crawling in the dirt and dust each day, missing the love and grace of our Father in Heaven.
We must not listen to the lies of Satin, not for a moment!
We need to wait upon God’s love for each of us in order to rejuvenate our faith and soul.
How shall we do this? What does waiting on God mean? For us as Christians, I believe waiting on the Lord entails meditation, confession and PRAYER.
Meditation : Being constant in your reading and studying of God’s word via the Bible.
Confession: Truthfully, realizing just where you are in your spiritual journey.
Prayer: Being constantly devoted to your prayer time with your Lord in good times as well as times of trouble and strife.
Our tears of loneliness will bring us from crawling in the dust with Satin to standing in the glow of God’s grace and love.
The Angels of heaven and earth will again sing out for you and the gates of Heaven will shine bright as a welcoming home prelude.
Peace be with you,
Just a little note to express my thanks to God that I live in a nation in which I am allowed the privilege to share my love of the Lord my savior publicly as well as in private. I like to share in different ways, of course. One way I share is giving copies of Our Daily Bread to people I may know or in most cases I have never met. I also make sure there are copies at my church foyer.
What is Our Daily Bread? Well, it is a 4 x 6 booklet which contains three months of daily inspirational stories to which a passage from the bible is applied for contemplation.
This little booklet gives a reader time with God’s word, application of God’s word in real “shoe leather” and a means for prayer and prayerful thought daily. It’s another added yet simple means I use myself to stay “plugged in” with my maker.
I offer a free booklet to each visitor to Don’t Delay…Pray!!! If desired or needed. I also provide the website so anyone may request a free copy direct from Our Daily Bread on their own. Plus, while at the Daily Bread site a whole myriad of booklets, books and spirit uplifts items are available.
Just in case….
Here is the web site and address for Our Daily Bread:
Our Daily Bread Ministries, P.O. Box 2222, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2222
My cousin sent me a transcript of a Ben Stein Commentary. I was motivated to post this important view point for all to read.
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events–terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school .
The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with, ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Let my prayer come before You:
Incline Your ear to hear my cry
Let the morning bring me word of God’s unfailing love
For I have put my trust in Him.
Show me the way I should go,
For to You I lift up my soul
Have no anxiety about anything,
But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.
Let your requests be made know to God.
The Steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is Thy faithfulness