How to Stand in Faith in a Dry Season (Part 2)
13 Jun 2018
When people say they are spiritually dry or that they feel they are in a spiritual drought, they usually mean that they are feeling distant from God. This is a discouraging place to be; when we find ourselves in a place like this, we do not see God working, and the burdens of life are pressing in on us. The enemy uses these emotions against us, in an effort to get us to give up, cave in, and quit. We are fighting a spiritual battle in our minds and must remember that when we feel discouraged, it is because the devil is trying to stop a breakthrough he sees coming our way. The world has many paths we can follow, but Jesus is the only true path. Following the wrong path leads us into spiritual drought. The only way to stay watered and avoid becoming spiritually dry is to stay in the presence of God.
- Letting the Spirit of God lead us through life keeps us spiritually watered and fruitful.
- Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit(Jeremiah 17:7, 8).
- When we trust in God, we are empowered to have success in all areas of our lives. When we do not trust Him, we go spiritually dry.
- Trees planted by the water never go dry. When we plant ourselves in the Word of God and drink the living water, we will bear fruit regardless of what the enemy throws at us.
- Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).
- There is an empty place in our hearts that nothing or no one but Jesus can fill. There is something about His presence that no one else can duplicate.
- If we choose any other path than the one God has made for us, we will not succeed in life.
- There is a path that seems right, but it ends in the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25).
- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
- We need to get into God’s presence through prayer, studying His Word, praise and worship, and fellowship with other believers. We must not let the wrong emotions stop us from seeking His presence.
- What we give attention to will either harden or soften our hearts to God’s Word. Therefore, we must be mindful to pay attention to what He says to us, and ignore what the world says.
- We cannot successfully navigate our own way through life. We need God’s guidance.
- My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil (Proverbs 4:20-27).
- God tells us exactly what to pay attention to in order to avoid spiritual drought.
- Not only do we need to read God’s Word, we also need to hear it.
- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
- We guard our hearts by guarding the entrances to them; specifically, our eyes, our ears, and our mouths. We must be careful what we look at, what we hear, and what we say.
- Words direct the course of our lives.
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).
- Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
- The spirit of mammon’s objective is to get us to stop trusting God.
- Leaning on what we understand can stop us from moving into new understanding from God. We must trust Him to lead us, instead of us trying to lead ourselves.
- We should not let greed spoil what God is trying to do in our lives. Being content with what He wants for us results in gain.
- But godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).
- Neither should we be motivated solely by money. We will never need to worry about financial peace if we can tap into inner prosperity from God.
- Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2).
- We will go through trying times in our lives. God will bring us through those times.
- And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).
- We must be careful not to give up, because this is what the devil wants. The closer we get to reaping, the more pressure to faint we will feel.
- The arrival of our due is never “if,” but always “when.”
- If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small(Proverbs 24:10).
- We all have our days of adversity, but these days do not mean God is mad at us. Encountering resistance means breakthrough is just around the corner, and the devil wants us to quit before we reach it.
- We need to do whatever it takes to move forward in tough times, even if doing so is painful.
- …Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
- When we are weak, paying attention to God strengthens us and gives us hope.
- Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).
- When we get weary, we can depend on God, who never gives up or gets weary. He gives us the strength to persevere.
- Waiting on God does not mean simply sitting back and doing nothing. It is the deliberate act of giving attention to Him, similar to the way a waiter gives attention to a customer.
- When we pay attention to God, we get in touch with the intangibles of prosperity.
- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
- Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:14-18).
- Whatever we go through can be considered as momentary light affliction when we compare it to what God has in store for us.
- God has placed extraordinary things inside of us. What exists on the physical level and what we see is only temporary, but the extraordinary cannot be seen.
- We must verbally declare the things that have yet to show up.
- …Before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).
- Looking at what exists on the physical level robs us of our joy and makes us fearful.
- For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Jeremiah 17:7, 8
Proverbs 3:5, 6
1 Timothy 6:6
3 John 1:2
2 Corinthians 4:14-18
2 Corinthians 5:7