Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Revived


Revived
Net's Notations Tuesdays
Refreshed by God Series: Three

Do you ever feel weighed down? Weak, weary? Worn out? Sometimes we just need to take a break and breathe, and let God revive us.

I think that’s why we hold church services at least once a week. You might get drained during the week, but go to church over the weekend, participate in worship, hear the Word preached, and get revived.

Sometimes doubts can cloud our dreams. How difficult is the whole submitting and waiting to hear back process for you? What about receiving rejection letters? Look at this:

I'm homesick—longing for your salvation; I'm waiting for your word of hope. My eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise; how long must I wait for your comfort? There's smoke in my eyes—they burn and water, but I keep a steady gaze on the instructions you post. How long do I have to put up with all this? How long till you haul my tormentors into court? The arrogant godless try to throw me off track, ignorant as they are of God and his ways. Everything you command is a sure thing, but they harass me with lies. Help! They've pushed and pushed—they never let up— but I haven't relaxed my grip on your counsel. In your great love revive me so I can alertly obey your every word. (Psalm 119:81)

God wants to revive us so we that we can serve Him well. Sometimes our problems and disappointments distract us from the path God wants us on. We need to fix our eyes again on Him and let Him revive us.

Sometimes we just grow weary. Has the warfare been fierce where you are lately? Here’s a promise from the Lord for all of us as writers as we build His kingdom:

God-of-the-Angel-Armies will step in and take care of his flock, the people of Judah. He'll revive their spirits, make them proud to be on God's side. God will use them in his work of rebuilding, use them as foundations and pillars, Use them as tools and instruments, use them to oversee his work. They'll be a workforce to be proud of, working as one, their heads held high, striding through swamps and mud, Courageous and vigorous because God is with them, undeterred by the world's thugs. (Zech. 10:3)

If you can relate with this, give the Lord an opportunity to revive you this week. He wants to. Then, you’ll have the strength and will to carry on.

You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. (Psalm 23:5)

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