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I have found that Spiritual Vitality starts with a real, long, DEEP breath. This is where spiritual rejuvenation and restoration begins. The Holy Spirit is often referred to as a breath or the wind… He’s invisible, yet very powerful! Today we have an opportunity to breathe in the strength, power and calmness of His Spirit. So, may I suggest that you breathe in the Holy Spirit with every long, deep, calming breath you take, so that your soul can be revitalized daily.
Sometimes when we look and listen to social media, we could get the distinct impression that everything is ok now. Although, my exposure to social media is limited, there’s not a lot of information these days on COVID, political unrest or racial injustice, which was at the forefront of our minds and lives a year or so ago. But, for some reason, I don’t believe that everything or everyone are “ok”. However, I do believe that in our desire to go back to the way things were, we may have been lulled into a false sense of security.
Now, don’t get me wrong, some of us may have hit our stride. We’ve have established our rhythm and we are well on your way. We have a new daily routine, but are we breathing? Or have we simply pushed pass our feelings and our fatigue? Have you even taken time to close your eyes and take a real, long, DEEP breath?
If not, may I suggest that we breathe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, with every long, deep, calming breath we take. God’s faithfulness to us, gives us hope, which is oxygen for our soul. Spiritual Vitality comes when we breathe and our soul will be revitalized, renewed and restored. In John 14:26-27 KJV, it says…
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. I sense an atmosphere of quietness and calm, so that we can hear what the Holy Spirit is saying…
Spiritual Vitality comes when you breathe…
I sense an atmosphere of quietness and calm, so that we can hear what the Holy Spirit is saying…..
I pray that you were with us last week, when we talked about “Waiting is Hard”! Although, this week I thought that we would look at Jeremiah 29:11, one of my favorite scriptures, the Holy Spirit had other ideas. So, last week I was listening to a message and the preacher was talking about the children of Israel leaving Egypt (Exodus 14… coincidence? I don’t think so!) and he said that they could not stop walking across the Red Sea, even though they may have gotten tired and weary. Then he said the words, “Spiritual Fatigue” and thus my message for you today. One of the main reasons why “Waiting is so Hard”… is “spiritual fatigue”! We become physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually tired. We are just Tired! But, as I said last week, we simply can’t afford to stand still while we wait for what the Lord has for us, life is just moving too fast. Fortunately, when we take just one step, the Lord will show us the next one.
Now we need to get some preliminary things out of the way…
- You may not know the Lord… well, for now, that’s not really ok, but He knows you! You will just have to trust me on that. We will talk more about that later.
- You may know the Lord, but you are not very happy with Him right now. Well, that’s ok too, because He knows that already.
- Either way, we need to have a conversation with the Lord and let Him know that although we’re tired, we’re going to take the next step … one foot in front of the other. Fairly simple, right?
No, not really… We will wake up tomorrow to a new day!… but we feel the same way.
So here’s some advice:
- Tomorrow when you wake up, try not to snooze and put your feet on the floor.
- Turn off the phone or at least silence it for one hour. Please do not scroll! … because everyone else in the world seem so happy????
- Find a quiet spot and open the curtains to your new day. Rain or shine, it’s gonna be a good day! By faith, you have to declare it, before you feel it.
- Open the window, if possible, we can definitely use some fresh air.
- Fix you a cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath and now you are ready for your next step.
We’re Moving Forward by Faith… but it’s definitely not easy. Life may seem dark at times and we can’t see what’s in front of us, but with each step we take, the Lord will light up the next one.
Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.Psalm 119:105
I’m just not sure what we’re going to talk about next week, we will just have to wait to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying…
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Many of us don’t realize the magnitude of our journey thus far… We’ve just left Egypt after over 400 years of slavery, with the wealth and riches of the country in hand. There were over 600 chariots of fierce warriors on our tail and a body of water, 205 miles wide ahead of us. God has given us the green light and we must move forward, there’s no going back! We look at the path ahead and Moses has to remind us that we’re in the midst of a miracle. Many times, we believe that once the Lord has made the pathway clear, that it’s going to be a cake walk, but in reality, I must say that God doesn’t usually work that way. Remember the story of Joseph… the pit, Potiphar’s house, prison and THEN the palace (Genesis 37-50). But the Bible says that the Lord was with Joseph and he received favor in each situation. The Lord has been with us also, every step of the way and with that we should be encouraged.
We’ve made it safely to the other side and we briefly look back over our shoulder. The walls of water have fallen, God has drowned all of our enemies and there’s no going back! As we look back over the past 650 days, do we really want to go back to “what was”? For some, the answer is Yes! You’ve lost so much and you’re wondering that maybe life wasn’t that bad…my life was familiar, comfortable, “normal”. But, in actuality, we can’t go back to Egypt, our lives have changed too much in the last 2 years. We’ve on the other side and we must continue to move forward by Faith. Hebrews 11:1 NLT says that “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see”. Recently, I read that faith is not the absence of doubt, nor is courage the absence of fear, but both are our commitment to overcome them. We must release our “what was”, for in Isaiah 43:16-19, God says;
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters,
making a dry path through the sea.
17 I called forth the mighty army of Egypt
with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.
18 “But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19 For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
The Lord is saying that we can’t even imagine how far we’ve come. We can forget all about crossing the Red Sea on dry land, because that nothing in comparison to what I have in store for you. He’s already begun to change our situation…can you see it? By faith, we must look way beyond where we’ve been and look ahead to something “new”. The word “new” is defined as “not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time”. Can we even fathom what that might look like? Are we ready for whatever God has in store for us? Are we fearful or waiting in anticipation? I have come to realize that in order to prepare for what’s ahead, it is so much more than having to send our children to school with a mask on or attending a major public event. Although these decisions are well within our control, I really believe that we should still seek the Lord’s guidance, for this is just the beginning.
Our destiny has been predetermined.… which means that we must wait and take a quiet moment to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying!