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(Nov 8) Renewal for the Weary

You can read Part 1 by clicking here about how the Lord provides Revival for the Weary


As Part 1 looked at, believers can be revived by turning to the Word of God. In the midst of disappointment and exhaustion, there remains a refuge for the people of God by resting in the promises of Scripture.


The Bible not only describes how we can be revived (Psalm 19:7), it also speaks to how we can be renewed. 2 Corinthians 4:16 says, "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day."


Notice that we can be renewed "day by day." It is as we daily spend time with the Lord and commune with Him through Bible reading and prayer that Christians find renewal. Far too many Christians try to survive by once a week (or once a month) attending church and hoping that will provide all the fuel they need to make it one more week. The truth is, while church attendance is the norm and expectation in Scripture for those who call themselves children of God, it is never intended to be the totality of our spiritual nourishment. The promise of finding renewal is a daily promise. And praise the Lord for that gift!


Notice also that the promise of daily renewal is in the midst of acknowledging that the outer man is wasting away. In other words, in spite of the reality of physical pains, waning strength, and struggle in this present world, we can still find rest and spiritual renewal every single day.


Consider the cow-tree found in South America as described by Linda Belleville. "It grows on the barren flank of a rock that its roots are scarcely able to penetrate. To the eye it appears dead and dried, but when the trunk is pierced there flows from it a sweet and nourishing milk. This is not unlike the Christian, who outwardly may appear to be withering and dying but within possesses a living sap that is welling up to eternal life."


Do you find yourself today frustrated by physical aches and discomforts that seem to find you on a daily basis? Do you remember days gone by when you had higher energy, more resistance to pain, and greater stamina to weather the storms of life? Join the club! For all of us, the "outer man" is wasting away. But, do not lose heart. Your "inner man" can be renewed day by day.


This very day, open your Bible and read of God's love (if you don't know where to start, I suggest reading the short New Testament book of Philippians). Take time to pray and express your gratitude for the gift of salvation. Allow a few minutes to meditate on the grace that has covered your sin, and you can experience what it means to be renewed day by day.


Yes, life can be hard. There is no need, however, to go through your days feeling empty and hopeless. Find your revival in renewal in the Lord. He is faithful! ___________________________________

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