Have you ever felt like you are walking through a season of spiritual drought?
You are so exhausted and overwhelmed that all you can do to hang onto faith is to keep trudging through your day-to-day tasks, with no time for dreams and no relief in sight. If you have found yourself in such a place, sweet friend, let me speak some life over you. Better yet, let me show you how God longs to bring revival into this season of spiritual drought.
the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Romans 4:17b NIV
Steps To Overcome a Spiritual Drought
Recognize That You Are In a Spiritual Drought
Perhaps you haven’t taken stock of your spiritual affairs in quite sometime, or perhaps you’re keenly aware of your spiritual state. Either way, it’s important to look at your surroundings. If you’re feeling more like a valley of dry bones instead of a tree planted by the water (Jeremiah 17:7-8), you might just be in a spiritual drought.
The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. Ezekiel 37:1-2 NIV
In Ezekiel 37, the prophet describes what the Holy Spirit showed him in a vision. The valley of dry bones was a place of hopelessness, filled with death, chaos, and filth, a place that, by all accounts, is both spiritually and physically dead.Have you ever felt like you are walking through a season of spiritual drought? #faith #proverbs31 Click To Tweet
Have you ever found yourself in this place spiritually? Have you ever felt so spiritually dehydrated and exhausted that you are, perhaps, beyond help or hope? Believe me, sweet friend. I have been there. But there is hope!
The first step to finding life and hope is to recognize that you are in a state of spiritual drought. You must see that you are in great spiritual need in order to get help. The great news is that help is available through Jesus.
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 NIV
In order to see the doctor, you have to know you’re sick. In the same way, in order to receive the hope and healing that only Jesus can offer, you have to know you need it.
Gain a Godly Perspective
Going back to the scene in Ezekiel 37, after God showed the prophet the gruesome vision of the dry and mangled bones, God asked a strange question. “Can these bones live?” almost as if to say, “Is there any hope for these bones?” As we know, bones lack life, breath, knowledge, and everything else necessary for life. Our human wisdom says that there is absolutely no hope for life there. But that’s not what Ezekiel says.
He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know” Ezekiel 37:3 NIV
“Only you know, Lord,” he says, maybe with a hint of sarcasm or doubt. But, we know God can redeem any broken or lifeless state. We simply need to ask for his spirit-filled wisdom and perspective.
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 1 Corinthians 2:9-13 NIV
Oasis of Possibility
What may like a hopeless spiritual drought is an oasis of possibility to God. So, ask him for his point of view and leave room for his intimate and divine vision for you. I guarantee that he sees nothing but his unfailing, seemingly irrational hope and love for you, his precious child.We know God can redeem any broken or lifeless state. We simply need to ask for his spirit-filled wisdom and perspective. #faith #trustingGod #proverbs31 Click To Tweet
Take Hold Of God’s Vision To Get Out of Your Spiritual Desert
God desires that we life a life full of spiritual abundance and fulfillment (John 10:10). He sent Jesus for that express purpose–to redeem us from a life defined by spiritual drought and hopelessness.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4 NIV
Is God Prompting You?
How is God prompting you in your life, friend? What is the Holy Spirit whispering? Should you be praying for your husband and children more? Bible journaling? Reaching out to your friend from PTO? Reading your Bible daily? Or is it something bigger? Is he calling you to start a ministry? To relocate to a different state or country as a missionary? Become a worship leader? Mend a broken or damaged relationship?
Though you may feel like God is calling you to do something that doesn’t make sense or is beyond your ability, like he called Ezekiel to prophecy to dry bones, you must trust his wisdom and follow his Holy Spirit’s prompting in your life.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ’” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. Ezekiel 37:4-7 NIV
Despite not understanding the purpose behind God’s seemingly nonsensical instructions, Ezekiel simply obeyed. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense now. Be like Ezekiel, and start taking simple steps of obedience. Miraculous things will start happening. You will begin to make your way out of your state of spiritual drought.
Grow Deep Roots In Christ So You Don’t Experience Spiritual Drought Again
Like Ezekiel, you may be asking, “What’s the big takeaway here, God? What are we supposed to learn from this strange vision of spiritual drought and bones coming back to life?” So, he spells it out.
Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord. ’” – Ezekiel 37:11-14 NIV Full Chapter
The Spirit is Life!
God’s message is that his spirit is LIFE. “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live,” he says.” That is God’s message to us. In order to get out and stay out of a state of spiritual drought, we must draw on God’s endless source of life. But where do we get that life force? Jesus answers that question for us in several ways.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 NIV
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 5:15 NIV
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:10-14 NIV
Jesus the Way
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the LIFE. He is the true vine. He is the living water. Jesus is our only hope to get from a dead and lifeless spiritual drought, to a living, breathing hope. In him alone, we have a purpose. In him alone, we have hope for a full and purposeful life, as well as eternal life in heaven. When we anchor our hope to anything in this world–appearances, status, money, our families, homes, education, or career– we will absolutely find ourselves in a place of spiritual drought and death because, while some of those things are important, they are powerless to save.
God Desires For Us To Be Confident, Rooted, Planted, and Always Full of Life
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV
There is hope. There is healing. It’s all available through Jesus. Instead of a spiritual drought, filled with lifeless, dry bones, God longs for you to be a tree planted by the water. Never dry, never thirsty, never lacking any good thing. In him, we can be confident, rooted, planted, and always full of life.
Author Bio – Erin Boado
Erin is the mama behind Lullaby Lark. She has a passion for helping discouraged and special needs moms find hope and healing. She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crew– husband, Ben, two sons, Griffin and Caspian, and two fur babies, Ollie and Izzy. Griffin was born with a chronic lung disease called pulmonary hypertension, so her family has faced many spiritual challenges. Erin and her family have spent the past four years learning to walk faithfully through life’s toughest circumstances. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, or through her new online support group, Motherhood with Lullaby Lark. You can also gain access to her exclusive printables library and resource page, which includes printable scripture cards, coloring pages, birth affirmations and more, by joining Lullaby Lark’s email subscriber list.
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