Allow God To Refresh You
In last Monday’s blog I wrote about being refreshed during a recent trip to Billings, Montana. It was the last thing I did before flying out that most deeply affected me. Or, actually it was the second to the last thing.
The last thing I did was have lunch with my host and hostess who were delightful. Dick and Nancy took great care of me throughout the weekend and I enjoyed getting to know them. Our time together at a casual lunch in their home was a reminder that genuine conversation with like-minded people is good for us. They and their passion for God, His ways, and our country refreshed me.
Before lunch we went to church together. Because of my traveling to teach elsewhere, I don’t always get to go to my own church. Even on the road, attending a church service isn’t always possible. But, I greatly value church so I was refreshed. Corporate worship, prayer, and hearing and learning the Word of God is important to me. I hope it is to you.
I was refreshed by what Dick and Nancy’s pastor, Nate Poetzl, taught at Faith Chapel. You can go here and choose the January 28th message to either watch or listen to his message. You’ll enjoy watching because of some diagrams he draws.
He teaches from 1 Thessalonians: 4:1-12, a passage that is about “living in order to please God.” I appreciated his sensitivity and boldness when teaching “that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.”
What Refreshes You?
Truth refreshes me. Boldness refreshes me. Not compromising for comfort refreshes me. Not apologizing for God’s Word refreshes me. Accepting and not rejecting God’s Word refreshes me.
The mature people at Faith Chapel who handled well a hard-hitting message delivered with love and compassion refreshed me. Pastor Nate obviously loves his people. They know it. They trust him. They listened. They learned. They increased my hope.
Something Pastor Nate shared in his introduction was very significant to me. It might be good truth for you to ponder, too. When talking about his sadness and concern that too many of us have separated morality and spirituality, he taught that there’s no Hebrew word from the Old Testament that can be translated “spiritual.” He explained that it wasn’t a necessary word. Back then, everything was spiritual.
Of course, this should still be true. “Of course?” I think “of course” is appropriate there, but sadly many would disagree with me.
Everything was spiritual. Everything is spiritual. Being reminded of this concept when so many people don’t agree refreshed me. Hearing a pastor stand up for truth, like mine does every time he teaches, refreshed me.
Be Refreshed by God and His Word
We know from word studies of “renew,” that God, His Word, and His Spirit renews and refreshes our mind and heart. (e.g., Psalm 51:10, Psalm 103:5, Isaiah 40:31, Lamentations 5:21, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Ephesians 4:17-32, Colossians 3:9-10)
Turn to God when you’re tired, weary, discouraged, overwhelmed, confused, wondering, angry, bitter, broken, prideful, sinning, separated, fearful, rejected, grieving, critical, depressed, experiencing guilt, alone, dysfunctional, suffering, experiencing shame, stressed, hopeless, struggling, addicted, feeling like a failure, worried, angry, bullied, sick, conflicted, lonely, stuck, lying, manipulated, procrastinating, living in rebellion, purposeless, tempted, doubting, …
Allow God to refresh you.
Live in order to please God. Remember, everything is spiritual. Let that refresh you.