Greetings to you in the wonderful, powerful, and healing name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! Another lovely summer’s morning…and we do rejoice and we are glad in it and we are expecting good things from God! Do I hear an “Amen!”? I trust that you had a good weekend and Monday – especially blessed to be able to gather for worship as “one” congregation! I hope that you are keeping healthy and are coping well with life. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father-God to release healing to those who need it, peace of mind to those who are anxious, His presence to those who are feeling isolated, provision to those who are lacking, and his love to those who are feeling unloved.
This morning my devotions were highlighting one of our “enemy’s” more effective strategies to defeat us…wearing us down…causing a weariness of body mind and spirit. It is such a subtle weapon that it is easy to not think about its activity as such. Yet many of the promises of God focus on dealing with the weariness of body, mind, and soul. To be fair, this awareness began several days ago but it was really brought into focus this morning. We read these words..He. will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest Ones – Daniel 7:25; Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary – Galatians 6:9; Come to me all who are weary and I will give rest…Matthew 11:28-29; I said to myself, “Relax and rest. GOD has showered you with blessings. – Psalm 116:7; Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame…don’t quit in hard times – Romans 12:11-13; be filled with the Holy Spirit – Ephesians 5:18; David strengthened himself with trust in his God. – 1 Samuel 30:6.
This morning I was reminded again and again of the enemy attacks that are connected to the seasons of weariness without really considering that was one of his tactics It was even more revealing to know that this attack comes when we are doing good. Then I came across these references:
Psalm 23 promises that He will lead us beside still waters and faithfully restore our souls.
Psalm 46:10 implores us to be still and to know that He alone is God.
Exodus 14:14 declares that if we are still, He will fight for us.
1 Samuel 12:16 bids us to stand still so we can see what He’s going to do.
Psalm 37:7 reminds us to be still and wait patiently for Him, even as others seem to be succeeding and moving ahead of us.
It is strange to me, but maybe it shouldn’t be, that these thoughts and verses find their way to me in this time of “sheltering-in”. One short paragraph that I read this morning followed the scripture reference – Isaiah 40:28-31 (go find your Bible and read that a time or three) goes like this…God promises a turnaround for everything the enemy tries to throw at us. There is a cure for burnout. There is a remedy in the Holy Spirit for every condition of fatigue, weariness, and mental and emotional depletion. We must learn to continue to abide in him and in the power of his Word. – James Goll, Tell Your Heart To Sing Again.
Just a little something to think about — be blessed in this day!