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A Wilderness Spring

Isaiah 44:3-4
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.  They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

When I go hiking, I always prepare by reading what the trail guide says about the area.  Many times I find these words concerning a campsite.  “The spring may not be reliable in dry seasons.”  Practically speaking then, what good is it?  At the very time you’d need it the most – it’s gone.

Some of our friends are like that.  Just when you need them the most they’re not around.  Or, along the same lines, they promise to be somewhere to help you and then never show up.

This is not so with the Lord.  He is the friend that “sticks closer than a brother.”  He is always right there when you need Him.  As a matter of fact, the Word says that He even knows what you need before you ask Him.

He is that spring in the wilderness that is always flowing, always reliable.  Even in the driest point in your life, you can draw cool, refreshing water from that living well.  He promised “never to leave us nor forsake us” and “He is not a man that He should lie.”

Draw life-giving water from that well today.  Spend some quality time in His presence being renewed, refreshed and refilled.  Avail yourself to the resources only the Lord can provide.  You will find your walk with Him to be much more enjoyable.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Inner Strength

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

Now that we are in the Spring season, my mind starts to think about hiking.  I love to get out and walk the Appalachian Trail.  In order to be ready, I have been either walking or riding my bike each morning.  I want to strengthen those lazy winter muscles.

Strength is a necessary part of the outdoors experience.  When my wife and I started to add children to our family we stopped hiking because of the limited time we had.  Since I have started back up again I have lost 30 pounds.  (Pounds that I had “found” up till that time!)

I can tell you by experience that out of shape people cannot enjoy hiking as fully as those used to the rigors of trail life.  I remember well the pain in my legs and back when I first started.  I had to stop every few feet while going uphill, just to breathe.  Thank God, I am starting to get in shape again!

More important than physical condition, however, is the shape of your inner being.  The spiritual trail you are on is far tougher than any wilderness trail.  God wants to strengthen you for that journey.

It is going to take quality time spent in the presence of the Lord.  That is why your time in the presence of the Lord is so beneficial.  It builds you up internally.  To do this you must free yourself from distractions so that you can concentrate on Christ.

Let Him strengthen you today.  Spend time before Him just drinking in His Spirit.  Take the time necessary so that your inner man is ready for the road ahead, no matter how rough the path.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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