Spiritual dehydration can creep into our lives in many ways, but learning to combat this infection can be the difference between a healthy soul and a broken one.
1. Do away with comparison.
Don’t compare your inch to someone else’s mile. Everyone is on his or her own spiritual journey, and the reality is that none of us are going to be on the exact same page or chapter. We’re all going through different things, experiencing God in different ways and trying to wrestle through different questions. Do away with comparison, as it will do nothing but get you down and make you feel inferior compared to the accomplishments of others. Comparison is a game you will never win at…..2 Cor 10:12
The reason it is UNWISE to compare ourselves with others is that all of us are uniquely made for a different purpose and to experience different things. I’ll be honest in admitting that I constantly find myself comparing the accomplishments of other preachers to my own. It’s not healthy, nor does it help my current spiritual journey either. Human nature yearns for the approval of others, and much of that is found within the weaving of comparison. We compare in hopes of being better, in turn making us feel better about ourselves. Regardless of what side we’re on, comparison is never healthy nor does it help progress our spiritual well-being. Do away with comparison.
2. Stop trying to do things on your own.
Spiritual dehydration can take root in our lives in many different ways, but one of the most common is when we try to do this whole God-thing on our own. You know, as if we’ve got it all under control. The beauty of God is that not only is he a spiritual companion, but he is the creator of companionship itself. Let’s humble ourselves completely — and drop the façade of perfection & allow God to intervene in our lives any way He desires. If we do this – our hearts will be revolutionized as well as spiritual awareness.
When we give God the room he deserves, our souls will be refreshed and our hearts will flow with his presence. We were created for the partnership of God. We were created to do life hand-in-hand with the one who created us in his image.
3. Don’t allow a routine to become mundane.
There is nothing wrong with having a routine. In fact, I’d encourage you to make prayer, reading your bible and attending one of the Weekend Celebration Services a habit. What you don’t want to do is allow these things to become a mundane routine, something you do just for the sake of doing. Prayer must be done with intention, studying your Bible must be done with tenacity and attending the corporate worship must be done with passion.
When a routine becomes stale and mediocre, it’s time to do away with it and change your direction. Routines are great because they form habits, you just need to make sure those habits don’t become dry and without purpose.
After breakfast on Tuesday, Annie and I headed toward Austin, TX…over 800 mile journey….Little Selah came into the world Tuesday at 2:30 PM – weighing in a 7’7” an she measured a little over 19”…..Last night (Wed) – we took the children to the hospital. Each of us were able to hold Selah – I sang Jesus Loves Me to her – she being a good baby slept through it……..Selah means pause and reflect… and used 71x’s in the book of Psalms. We do believe, Heather and Selah will be coming home from the hospital this afternoon. Our prayer is that our 9 grandchildren will be in the middle of God’s will to wrack Satan’s kingdom and advance the coming of the Kingdom of our God and His Christ…………….So proud of our students who are in respective marching bands. Last Saturday at Faurot Field – several bands were in competition – and Rock Bridge won the grand prize – but Hickman place 3rd in the MU Champion of Champions…….Congrats to KiKi Marshall and Madison Duff………………Karen Tompkins brother Jimmy, has been moved from the Med Center to Landmark Hospital on Old 63 North……before I left I asked Karen if she was aware of why they moved him and she was not aware why!! May our prayers and thoughts continue to be with Karen and Jimmy……………….What a joy it is to see new faces with us as we grow in the likeness of our Blessed Savior Jesus Christ. As you celebrate with us on the weekend, and see a person – family that you do not know – please introduce yourself to them immediately after the final prayer…..Guests like to get out of there as quick as possible – so let’s all make that a matter of priority……………..Congratulations to Shelby Baker….this Monday, he will begin training for a month to be an Assistant Manager at Breaktime. We are so happy and encouraged for what this means to the family…………….
Not real sure what the message is behind this image – but just a REMINDER for all of you to set your clocks BACK this Saturday night – and CHANGE your Fire Alarm batteries…..
November 5, 2015
Christian brothers and sisters – our nation – our city is spiritually destitute. Who is going to make a difference? Many Christians are of the belief that because they don’t feel comfortable talking to non-Christians about salvation – and don’t feel that they know enough about the Bible to make a difference in anyone’s life – the good news is this….if you will come to our Friday evening prayer gathering – and pray for lost family members – neighbors – and other friends….as well as lift up your church to be the light of the world and t he salt of the earth —- God will take your prayer and make a difference…..
Become aware of our format!!!!!! Bros Doug/Ross lead the entire 2 hours. Some pray – meditate – reflect for the entire 2 hours……most come – pray and leave after 30 minutes to an hour…..this could be considered a drop-in Prayer Service….so please don’t think you have to stay all 2 hours. Thank you right now – for putting this prayer service on your calendar – and happy praying – someone is going to be change because YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.
· Andy — Joy Weir’s son in Gladstone…..pray that God will encourage his soul and let him see just how much he is loved by family – friends and most of all God
· Jimmy – Karen’s brother – now at Landmark hospital on Old 63 North
· Our youth will be protected at School –but also have a missionary heart as they witness to lost friends
· Discovery will be a bright and shining light in the Northeast sector of Columbia
· Bro Jerry Noble wants us to pray for the daughter of the Assistant Basketball at MU – Brad Loos. Their 5 year old daughter Rhyan discovered state 4 bone cancer.
· Rev 2:3-5 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place– unless you repent.…
· Continued success – both numerically and spiritually of our 7 D-Groups…..
Matt 15:29-31 Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.
Matt 28:8-10 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Luke 10:38-42 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”