Are you feeling defeated... burnt out... powerless... beaten... exhausted... lonely... overwhelmed... trapped?
Is your tank running on empty?
Do you seek restoration?
At some point in life, we all hit bottom.
We all feel stuck.
Satan does his best to back us into a corner and hopes that we will cower in defeat and unbelief.
When those times come, please pray Paul's prayer to the Ephesians and apply it to your own circumstance...
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Ladies, God does not intend for His people to be held captive or worn down by anything that is hindering the abundant and effective spirit-filled life He has planned for us. We are not to live like some form of preserved corpse... we are alive in Him and in the process of being transformed in Jesus Name! Sure, trials and sin can wear us down, but we must always remember that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus!
When you feel like you've hit empty, it is time get on your knees and pray for restoration. Pray for healing. Pray for peace. Pray for purpose. Rather than cave to sin and defeat, Paul shows us that we must boldly go before the throne of our Savior in prayer and ask to be rooted and protected in God's perfect, restorative and unsurpassed love. We must believe that He will heal us to the very core of our inner being, and allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen us with a measure of His immeasurable love... a love that surpasses anything we could ever imagine!
When we find ourselves drained by the sin of this world, let's remember to press forward in prayer and ask for His fullness to restore. Putting "self" aside, let's trust God to renew our faith. Let's keep our eyes focused on the eternal rewards and glorious riches that He offers to us freely. And most importantly, let's never forget that our citizenship is in heaven!
The unfathomable love of God is always the renewing antidote for burnout. It may take time, but God will hear and answer those who trust and eagerly seek Him. Stay the course, ladies. He is faithful and will restore your spirit! We live because HE LIVES!
Praise God that His power remains at work within us, even when our own power has run out! How great is the love of our Savior!!!
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