Isaiah 40:28

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.

Is this your season of renewal? Have you been worn down by the weight of the world? Are you struggling to make sense of things that are going on in today’s society? I admit to being puzzled by all these ‘movements’ that insist they are seeking change in order to help make the world a better place. Often you find people united under one banner – yet they are all pulling in all different directions. Going nowhere fast. It is confusing to me how people will talk about creating something better and yet often, they are not willing to allow for spiritual purpose in their lives.

Christianity is often used as a negative instead of a positive. We find ourselves at the end of the blame stick. We know that we fight against spiritual principalities and powers, that the battle isn’t in the flesh, yet sometimes it doesn’t feel that way, does it? When you are faced with harsh confrontations and there are people who use the label of Christianity to promote some unseen agenda that does not show any of the attributes of the fruits of the Spirit, it can be difficult.

I want to encourage you to remember that we are called to show His love through our actions, words, and deeds. We need to remember to be productive in the way we treat, not only other believers, but those who don’t believe – by showing them the fruits of the Spirit. You can’t produce if you are tired, drained, emotionally discouraged. This is when you need to find time to renew. How do we do this? We seek God first in all things in our lives. We understand that HE never faints nor grows weary – but we do. We find our strength in Him. Take a time out. Seek Him. Hide under His wings while you recharge in His word. Find the peace and joy only He can give. Then when you feel strength returning, move forward covered in His love and share it with others, not just in word, but in deed.

 

Prayer

Lord, we come to you today and we seek your strength and love. We ask that you continue to renew our hearts and our minds. That we put you first in all things. We ask that you help us to be a light to the world as we reflect the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. Help us to understand your will in our lives today and every day. To glorify you in all the things that we do. Renew our minds, refresh our spirits and continue to guide us along the path that you would have us to journey. Remind us that you are always with us, even if we can’t always recognize you there.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen