Ever since I posted that I am NOT okay, quite a few passerby’s stopped to give me a jump and now I am on full charge again baby! OH Yeah! So thank you to everyone who stopped by to leave a comment on my blog, facebook page, texts, emails, and even stopping by my home. You encouraged me and pulled me out of a winter’s slump.
That is what the Body of Christ is all about. Working together and building His Kingdom, one life at a time. I am not usually one that turns to the phone instead of the throne, however, sometimes calling up a friend is exactly what the Master intended. We need each other. I need you. And I am here for you too.
Being charged up this week, Bill and I have had quite a few serving opportunities that have actually increased my energy to serve more. It is amazing how that works. The more we serve others, the less we see the couch and TV. Not knocking times of rest, because we all need rest. However, if rest turns into complacency as it did for me, then we run the risk of not being ready. Ready to serve; ready to love; ready to give; or even ready to live another day for Him.
I am back in the Word again, but not because I have to it is because I want to. I have a desire once again to be in His Presence. I hate feeling that void, and not feeling anything. Spiritual apathy is so hard to for us to get out of because it takes away the desire and motivation to move forward.
Thankfully, His mercies are new every morning, and great is His faithfulness. Oh how great is His faithfulness.
Psalm 145:14 has really spoken to me lately.
“The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”
It is the Lord who upholds me, he lifts me up. His love for me moves me.
My devotion is again in motion.
SO how did I overcome this spiritual apathy? I am going to tell you three things that helped me and it is my hope that it will also help you if you are stuck on the side of the road with dead devotion.
1. Remember – I told quite a few people this week about my testimony, and as I did, I remembered what a horrific lifestyle God delivered me from. I started to feel grateful and humbled. I realize I had started to take my salvation for granted, that is, until I remembered.
2. Repent – Revelations 2:4 says, repent and do the things you did at first. So no matter how I felt, and I felt like dragging, I looked for ways to serve others. Then, of course, it ended up feeling so good to help other people in their needs. Serving others was definitely something I “did at first”. It is easy to become so self absorbed that this part of your devotion is often overlooked.
3. Renew – Because His mercies are new every morning, I made a choice to be renew my commitment to Him. After remembering where I came from and what He has done for me, it is a no brainer that He is worth my devotion. I love the Lord so much. As I begin to read His Word again, He is renewing my mind to have the mind of Christ. To think like Him, is to walk like Him. I am moving forward.
In conclusion, my dear friends, if you too have been struggling with some apathy of your own, first take some time to remember and look for an opportunity to tell others what Jesus has done for you. Then, no matter how you feel, look for someone who needs a helping hand, you will soon feel better. And again no matter how you feel, (because remember if we are in Christ, we do not walk by sight or feelings, but we walk by faith), read His Word. His Word will renew us. It is a promise from God.
I love it when my friends are real with me. Thank you for taking the time to encourage me when I felt weak. I want to be there for you too. We need each other. I will pray for you just as you have prayed for me. Leave me a comment below if this has been encouraging for you, and helped you to remember, repent, and renew.
Let’s bring motion to our devotion again my friend. 🙂