You will never experience true freedom if you haven't experienced God first.
There is no alternative. True love comes from God.
Where do you go for times of refreshing? What does that mean to you? What do you take along with you? Because we all live in a fallen world, there must be regular times in our lives when we must get away from the pressure. When the attacks of the enemy intensifies, we must retreat to a solitary place for strength. We oftentimes go through periods of continuous attacks from the enemy, so much so that we become tired and unable to function properly. These times can even make us feel like giving up because of the constant, unending mental workload. But the answer is not to relinquish our authority or control; the answer is to refresh!
When your computer has been performing several tasks and programs, it gets tired and slows down. So to make it active again, you must refresh it to clear the programs it has been running. As we mature in Christ, we get a better understanding of the importance of these times of refreshing and how it helps to revive us to stay in the race and finish strong.
So where do you go for times of refreshing? The best place to retreat is a place void of life’s luxuries. No cell phones, no computers, and no television. Jesus practiced this on a daily basis. The Bible states in Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Not only did Jesus go to a quiet place, but He also went during a time when most people are still asleep. Before the sunrise of a new day Jesus knew He needed refreshing.
What does this mean to you? Well times of refreshing guarantees you that you’ll be able to handle each day’s problems as they appear. It energizes you for the assignments of the day ahead. Hearing God’s voice before you hear anyone else’s voice gives you direction and instruction for the journey. It frees you from yesterday’s troubles and prepares you to walk in victory because your confidence is in God.
What do you take along with you? Nothing and no one. There’s an old hymn that says, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses…” So these are times that you spend alone with God sharing and listening. Walking alone with Him in the cool of the morning is what God intended for us. When you’re alone with God, you don’t have to divide your attention, but you’re able to allow His love to wash over you and forgive you of yesterday’s faults. Times of refreshing are vital for every believer and there’s no substitute for spending time alone with the Creator of the universe. He awaits our coming every single day.
No need to waste your energy trying to figure out the future; God has already been there and worked things out for you. Focus on today and let that be enough.
The heart of a child can teach us a lot about living the simple, carefree life. Most of us as adults have lost sight of self and we spend our days on a spinning wheel like a hamster, never taking a break to even smell the gardenias. We can’t enjoy the blessings God has already given us because we let magazine covers at the grocery store checkout convince us we need more. Or after we visit a friend, we make the horrible assumption that they are living the “good life” and that we need that life. When will we rely on our faith in God instead of temporary things? When will we come to him as a child?
I love the innocence of children. They trust the authority that has been placed over their lives without question. They never worry about food, clothing, or provision. Children are happy just spending quiet time with their father reading a book!! They laugh all the time because they have not allowed the world to make their lives complicated. Just walk pass a play park sometime and watch how they love, trust, and enjoy their surroundings. You will notice three things about the heart of a child.
One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding… God is calling us to trust in Him whether we understand His leading or not, the trust is where the outcome matters. Children don’t question what they know to be true. Neither do they question one proven to be trustworthy. So be content, forgive those who have wronged you, and trust in your Father.
No need to try to figure out the future, God has already been there and worked things out.
It's funny how we think we know what we want until hindsight shows up.
Because my words have so much power, I must be careful of the things I release from my mouth.
How To Overcome Depression
The Bible warns us of the plans of the enemy. It tells us that he comes to steal, kill, and to destroy us. Let’s look at how the enemy can steal from you with a spirit of depression. How can you get back everything he has stolen? Well if you suffer with depression, suicidal thoughts, or a spirit of pessimism, you have allowed the enemy to steal your joy. Instead of seeing the glass half full, you see it almost empty. Instead of looking for the good in a bad situation, you allow your mind to only present the dark side. Your joy is replaced with misery and despair. Even your countenance looks somewhat possessed because of the weight. And no one wants to be around that spirit. You’re almost like a professional mourner! But there is hope; no quick and easy fixes, but real hope.
Now tell depression and all of its baggage that time has expired! Walk out these steps and share a comment to help someone else in their healing process.