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Spiritual Dryness – Part 2

posted Jul 15, 2014, 12:49 PM by First Baptist

 

 

In last weeks’ article, I suggested ALL Christians experience seasons of spiritual dryness and I listed 8 signs that a person is in such a season.

 

So what might we do about it? That’s what I want to address today.

 

Helen Calder writes:

 

“The awareness of our spiritual dryness is a gift from God. It is His invitation to come and partake of His Life and His Spirit.

 

That’s encouraging, isn’t it? Spiritual dryness is most serious when:

 

a.       We do not recognize that we are becoming depleted;

b.      We do not recognize that God is the answer to our need; and/or

c.       We are too exhausted to connect with God.

 

Ways to Combat Spiritual Dryness

 

1.      Break the blame cycle.

 

Take ownership of your spiritual condition and your relationship with God. Don’t blame others or your situation (e.g., “I’m too busy”).

 

2.      Recognize your deepest need.

 

The answer to spiritual dryness is intimacy with God and a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. Often, we focus on external points of need such as: “I need a break” or “I need a change of responsibilities.” These may be needs, but stepping back from a ministry doesn’t necessarily resolve your spiritual dryness.

 

3.      Stop deferring.

 

A common response to spiritual dryness is to look beyond present circumstances to a future time when you’ll have the time and space to be refreshed. However, if you put your spiritual needs on hold, you may move from dryness to burnout. Take action now! Remember, being aware of your dryness is a gift from God.

 

4.      Re-connect with God.

 

There are 7 major pathways to connecting with God, but most of us are “wired” for 1 or 2. Figure out which ones fit you the best and be relentless in practicing them, if you’ve been ignoring them. Or, if you feel as though you’re in a rut, try 1 or 2 of the other pathways. (Note: I wrote a series of articles on spiritual pathways a year ago. Let me know if you’d like a copy.)

 

5.      Ask God to re-fill you.

 

In the book of Acts, when the early church faced persecution, they knew that their greatest need wasn’t a change in circumstances, but for a fresh empowerment of the Holy Spirit. They prayed for that and God answered. Follow their example.

 

6.      Receive the support of others.

 

Talk about your dryness with a trusted brother or sister in Christ. Ask the elders of the church to anoint you with oil and pray for you. In God’s kingdom, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength.

 

 

Pastor Dan

 

*The preceding article was adapted from an article by Helen Calder.

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