Let me be honest with you…the desert IS NOT a fun place. It’s dry, lonely, and HOT!
Everyone goes through dry seasons. Be honest, you can recall times when you didn’t feel “spiritually high,” You attend church weekly, go to Sunday School or Bible Study, perhaps you even study your Bible, but God feels a lot more like a distant relative than somebody you’re connected to. The toughest season, and one that so many Christians seem to fight through, is the dry season–the desert months. During this season our relationship with God feels distant but lifeless. Again I repeat, everyone goes through desert seasons.
When I sense God is distant, I cringe when people tell me to “pray more” or “have more faith.” Really? That’s the best you have when you see I’m thirsty! When you go through your desert season, here are 3 key truths you can hold on to:
Pump Up Your Praise
When God feels far-away it’s easy to turn down our praise. During desert seasons, our praise should be seen and heard. Praise isn’t about how many times we lift our hands, but about where our worship comes from. Among the most effective methods for fighting our despair is NEVER stop praising God. What we praise magnifies and grows. I invite you to magnify God rather than your circumstance.
Remember Your Worth
Everyone knows someone who had a nickname. It wasn’t their real name, but a name someone gave them. Even as adults, many are known by their nickname. Guess who else gives nicknames? God.
Most believers don’t fully understand their identity in Christ. Understanding it is a powerful key to spiritual breakthrough. In 1 Peter 2:9-10, we’re told we’re chosen and we’re royalty. We’re not chosen because of our racial makeup, we’re chosen because of God’s grace. And, we’re exalted and elevated in His presence – that’s royalty!
Get Up. Get Dressed. Go To Church.
When we go through desert seasons, the very place we run from is where we need to run towards – CHURCH! Guess what – you’re not the only person going through a dry season. There’s probably someone else going through something similar, or has recently been. However difficult it looks, don’t stop going to church. Healing and inspiration happens when we’re together. In fact, we’re better together.
As we come to the end of our journey, remember there’s no one formula to fix all our troubles. Remain steadfast and dedicated to God. In the midst of your pain, pump up your praise. Regardless of how you feel, get up, get dressed, and go to church. Remember, the one thing winter, spring, summer, and fall have in common, eventually they come to an end.
What do you do when you go through dry seasons?
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