Posts Tagged ‘spiritual drought’

  

Today, if only you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” (Psalm‬ ‭95‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

Rev. Samuel Agnew was one of several pastors that served the South as a chaplain during the Civil War. He shared in a journal entry from March 27, 1864, of a spiritual drought he felt was taking place among the soldiers:

“There is a lamentable torpor among the [soldiers] in reference to their souls. They hear and attend the sanctuary but seem unaffected by the preacher’s word…More members were absent than ordinarily, and some who were present did not commune. There is a spiritual drought in that community. May God bless my labors…”

Is it possible to love God and come to Church, yet still miss God? Absolutely! A spiritual drought can occur when we simply ignore God. In Psalm 95, the psalmist instructs the people to worship God, but to be careful not to harden your heart afterwards. It doesn’t matter how much “outflow” we are producing for God; if there’s no “inflow” of His presence, we lose!

Take time this week to allow God’s presence to “rain” on your soul. His voice ends all spiritual droughts in your life! Worship cannot happen until inspiration commences! You are loved today! 

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God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him.” (Matthew 5:3 NLT)

On a hot summer evening in September 2011, as commuters in San Diego, CA, were heading home in rush hour traffic, a failing power grid went out, leaving traffic snarled, gas pumps off, air conditioners down, and aggravation high. While not strangers to rolling blackouts, residents realized too late how unprepared they were for the unexpected outages that caused prolonged traffic problems and no communication ability.

Sometimes, especially when things are good, we don’t realize how poor we are spiritually and emotionally until bad times hit. While it may sound harsh, God will allow us to go through rough patches in order to bring our attention to our God-deficit and a life change. What’s worse, a temporary problem or eternal loss?

If you’re going through a rough time of life, allow it to draw you closer to God rather than deeper into despair. You have survived 100% of all your other problems, so you’ll get through this too! Never miss a moment to grow closer, regardless of what it took! You are loved!

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