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Are You Exhausted Spiritually? 

Are You Exhausted Spiritually? 

Are You Exhausted Spiritually?

The everlasting God…neither faints nor is weary. —Isaiah 40:28

Exhaustion means that our vital energies are completely worn out and spent. Spiritual exhaustion is never the result of sin, but of service. Whether or not you experience exhaustion will depend on where you get your supplies. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” but He gave him nothing with which to feed them (John 21:17). The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to feed on God. They must drain you completely— to the very last drop. But be careful to replenish your supply, or you will quickly be utterly exhausted. Until others learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus directly, they will have to draw on His life through you. You must literally be their source of supply, until they learn to take their nourishment from God. We owe it to God to be our best for His lambs and sheep, as well as for Him.

Have you delivered yourself over to exhaustion because of the way you have been serving God? If so, then renew and rekindle your desires and affections. Examine your reasons for service. Is your source based on your own understanding or is it grounded on the redemption of Jesus Christ? Continually look back to the foundation of your love and affection and remember where your Source of power lies. You have no right to complain, “O Lord, I am so exhausted.” He saved and sanctified you to exhaust you. Be exhausted for God, but remember that He is your supply. “All my springs are in you” (Psalm 87:7).

Source: Are You Exhausted Spiritually? | My Utmost For His Highest

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Are we ready to hear Jesus say “I’ve got this!”

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We all need rest. It is essential.

I am anxious about so many things. Anxiety is insidious. There is no rest when I am wallowing in my concerns.

I am a worry wart. I recognize it can be exhausting. When I don’t trust Jesus, I don’t rest well.

There is good news. I can give my anxiety to Jesus. He will take it for me. I hear Him say “I’ve got this!”

Much of our anxiety has to to with our jobs and work. Our faith at work is an opportunity to demonstrate confidence in Jesus and relax. Others will running around like chickens with their heads cut off. We will be calm and collected. Why? Because of our faith in Jesus.

What does it mean to enter God’s rest?

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There have been way too many times I have ignored getting some rest. I worked too many days in a row and eventually paid the price for it. Jesus wanted to take some time with his friends and get some rest. What happened?

The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat. | Mark 6:30-31

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. | Genesis 2:1-2

Why is rest so important? What does Jesus think about our needs?

God will give us rest

How important is rest?

God needed it and got it.

Jesus needed it and got it. Even in the middle of a huge storm, Jesus could get rest. This was shocking to the disciples. They were stunned.

Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” | Mark 4:38 (NASB)

What is rest? Do we need it? Can Jesus provide it?

We need rest. We get tired.

There is good news. Jesus gives us rest. We find it in Him. Jesus, the  Messiah and King of God’s country, challenges us to come to Him. Of course we are weary. That is something we have to confess to God.

We are carrying too many burdens. They are ours and we love to whine and complain about them. People politely listen. At least we think they do. Maybe they aren’t really. Are we a broken record just droning on while they politely smile while preparing their mental grocery list?

Even Jesus needed rest and got it.

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God needed it and got it.

Jesus needed it and got it.

I need it as well. And good news, Jesus will give me rest.

The need for physical rest is recognized in Scripture, and provision is made for ensuring that people are allowed time for rest.

What Does the Bible Say about Depression? 

Here is her take on depression and what the Bible has to say about it.

Still others feel numb, lethargic — like they’re running on a battery that’s slowly, methodically winding down to a bare hum of energy.

And it affects so many of us. According to the American Psychiatric Association, one in 15 adults experiences the chemical imbalance that is depression in any given year, with one in six experiencing it at some point in their life.

Christians who are taught to tackle life’s problems through prayer, faith, and other spiritual practices, often wrestle especially hard with how to understand their battle with depression, as it’s not something that typically “just goes away” if you pray hard enough.

Read more here:

What Does the Bible Say about Depression? – Topical Studies



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