- Tragedy and adversity can sap your hope and put your faith to the test, leaving you vulnerable.
- It's possible that your attention has changed from relationships to law. In other words, your performance takes precedence over your relationship with God.
- You are not maintaining your relationship with God. Perhaps your life has become so busy that you have forgotten the value of spending time with God.
- You are believing a falsehood and are in desperate need of God's truth to set you free. Your perception of yourself and God is tainted by deception.
Overcoming Spiritual Dryness
So, how can we get through spiritual dry spells in the wilderness? We need to reset our thoughts and reconnect with our first love. An intimate relationship with God provides spiritual nutrition. We will discover biblical principles to rejuvenate the mind and spiritual methods to re-establish intimacy with God in the next three articles.
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God is a Good and Loving Father
Life's challenges can wear us down and erode our faith, leaving us vulnerable to accepting lies about God's genuine character. I believe we are always in need of a greater understanding of God as a good and loving Father. If we don't believe God is good and loving, but rather regard Him as a vengeful, temperamental, unloving, and inconsistent Father, God will appear unapproachable and untrustworthy. Spiritual dryness is fueled by the illusions we think about who God is, which generate distance and distrust. How do we know what kind of Father we have? Abba Father adores you and is relentless in his pursuit of you. He hears and responds to your cries. He stands up for you. Father God blesses His children with wonderful gifts. He is the source of all good and flawless gifts. He has more positive ideas about you than sand grains. Abba delights in you and sings joyful songs over you. He will never desert you since he is constantly with you. He does not withhold anything good from you because He is a generous Father who gave us His own Son. Because Jesus came to symbolize the Father, you can see the Father's kindness in Jesus. Accepting these principles will serve as your compass in the wilderness. Even if you don't believe these declarations are genuine, it's vital to think about them and say them to yourself until they become reality. Because God's word is supernatural, the Holy Spirit will reveal these truths to you when you read His promises.
You are a Son or Daughter of God
We can be perplexed about our identity, especially during wilderness seasons. Perhaps you've lost your job and are now feeling aimless. Maybe you've been in a relationship that ended in a breakup and you're feeling rejected. Whatever the difficulty, spiritual dryness sets in when you look at yourself without seeing yourself through God's eyes. Because of their unworthiness and shame, people may assume a false identity. Your sentiments, performance, failures, circumstances, pain, sins, people's judgments of you, and so on can all be used to define a false identity. Every aspect of your life is influenced by your identity, including how you see yourself, your relationships, and your purpose.
Humanity has pondered this topic for millennia “Who am I?” has been a question since the beginning of time. Only the Creator, however, is aware of your true identity. Receiving a new insight of your identity in Christ liberates you to be the true authentic self that God created you to be. You are first and foremost His kid. What exactly does that imply? You are a valuable and one-of-a-kind individual. You are loved, admired, pursued, known, favored, chosen, delighted in, gifted, strong, prized, powerful, free, and forgiven. We no longer struggle to earn God's acceptance and affection when we embrace Sonship because we know we already have it. Because He loves you so much, you are enough and worthy. You may find it difficult to see yourself through God's eyes, but you can choose to trust His words over your own negative picture. Allow God to define you, and your spiritual life will be re-energized. Start by telling yourself, “I'm going to choose to believe and live what you say.
Christian Counseling to Overcome Spiritual Dryness
Are you putting restrictions on God? Are you underestimating your own abilities? It is sometimes the wilderness seasons of life that cause us to look within and seek Him. God is using this season to reveal the truth about who He is and who you are. He does this because your ability to connect with God is determined by how you see Him and yourself. A healthy connection involves a comprehensive understanding of both yourself and the other person. How can you have a solid link with your spouse, for example, if you don't know who you are and are unsure who they are? Accepting your identity in Christ and knowing God as a good and loving Father are essential facts. They are available to you to discover at any time during your life. God's majesty has no bounds. So plunge in and keep learning about how great, long, deep, and high His love for you is. He wants to continue to disclose to you more about your identity, destiny, gifts, and abilities. As a Christian counselor, I believe that therapy may provide a secure environment for you to express your spiritual difficulties. I'd be delighted to assist you as we search for lamps of hope in the wilderness to aid in illuminating your journey. Please contact us if you want to learn more about Christian therapy.
How do you overcome the wilderness experience?
Instead of regrets, life is about learning. Instead of following the way that appeared to be clear, you took a road that was overgrown with weeds. You know that the rewards are greater on the way less traveled, but it's also risky because the chances of getting lost are higher. Your past failures and mistakes should serve as fuel for your future success. Recognize and take notes on the lessons that could have made you stop but didn't.
Knowing how you think, work, and act can enable people close to you comprehend our process and identify certain characteristics in you that can help them better manage their own.
You must be certain that this is only a temporary condition and that you will get through it. Prepare as if the storm has already passed you by. Imagine yourself on the other side of your difficulties. Create a strategy that includes deciding where you want to go, what it will take to get there, and taking the necessary steps to get there.
You now had to labor to trim and nip your way out of the wilderness, pruning and chopping down anything that wasn't supposed to be there or didn't have any use.
You had to remove the barriers that were preventing you from achieving financial independence.
You've come so far, and now it's time to make a choice.
Is it time to give up and quit, or should you keep going?
Concentrate on one thing that will assist you get out of your current financial bind.
Allow that one thing to live in your subconscious until it becomes a habit or routine. A laser is effective because it is a focused source of energy that is dedicated to completing the task at hand.
Just because you think you're lost doesn't mean you are. This is the point at which you understand that giving up is more painful than continuing, so you push a little more. The goal has now shifted to continuing to walk even when you feel like quitting. You can see that if you keep traveling, you will ultimately emerge from the wilderness, but if you stop, you may get lost for good.
What does it mean to be in the wilderness spiritually?
The desert is a place of tremendous experiencesof extreme hunger and thirst (manna and quails), isolation (Elijah and the still small voice), peril and supernatural deliverance (Hagar and Ishmael), rejuvenation, and interactions with God (Moses, the burning bush, the revelation of the divine name, Mount Sinai). There is a wilderness psychology as well as a wilderness geography, as well as a wilderness theology.
Linguists would point out that the Hebrews lacked an exact counterpart to the modern English word “wilderness.” Nonetheless, the Hebrews must have known what it was like to be confronted by the wild.
In the New Testament, which was written in Greek rather than Hebrew, the term for “wilderness” is eremos (or eremia), which means “an isolated place.” The wilderness appears throughout Jesus' life at pivotal moments. Jesus is baptized by John and then led into the wilderness by the Spirit for forty days. The Devil is present, but the Spirit there as well. “A long time before daybreak, he rose and went out to a deserted spot, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). This document captures a yearning for solitude, self-discovery, and divine presence, but this process appears to necessitate the presence of nature.
How do I overcome spiritual emptiness?
And he told them a tale about how they should always pray and never give up. (18:1) (Luke 18:1)
We can see from the foregoing verse that persistent prayer is both possible and expected.
Fasting: Fasting can be used to support your tarrying in his presence. Fasting humbles us and sharpens our spirit man, which is why we should fast.
I covered the advantages of fasting in part 2 of my piece on prayer keys, so I won't go over it again here.
Analyse How You Got to Current State of Spiritual Emptiness
Perform a root cause study and assess how you arrived at your current spiritual emptiness.
What were some of the things you did or didn't do? You will be able to avoid those things in the future if you take an honest look inward.
For instance, few years ago, I was engrossed in a daily television series. Before I knew it, I was so engrossed in watching the series that I had forgotten about my time with God.
Ways to Empower Your Awakening
Awake? Let's keep the enthusiasm rolling, shall we? Here are a few easy techniques to stoke the fires of your soul's development:
1. ESTABLISH A DAILY SPIRITUAL ROUTINE
This is by far the most crucial act of spiritual commitment. Your growth will be energized by a simple daily practice (even if it is only 15 minutes every day). In my blog post “How to Energize Your Life with A Daily Spiritual Practice (That You Will Love!),” I go over how to create your own personal “sadhana,” or spiritual ritual.
Why did it take the Israelites 40 years to make an 11 day journey?
“The 40-year Wilderness wandering” alludes to the Israelites' affliction as a result of their disobedience and lack of faith in God. God rescued His people from Egyptian slavery about 3,500 years ago, as depicted in Exodus chapters 112. They were to inherit the country that God had promised to their forebears, a place “abundant in milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). Prior to entering, however, they grew certain that they would not be able to evict the current people of the country, despite God's assurances. God's anger was poured out on them because they refused to believe in God's word and promises. He cursed them with forty years of wilderness wandering until the unbelieving generation died off and the Promised Land was never seen.
God's chosen people were forced to flee to Egypt due to a seven-year famine. They initially thrived under Joseph's leadership, who was the country's second-in-command after Pharaoh. “Then a new king came to power in Egypt, unaware of Joseph” (Exodus 1:8), and “the Egyptians came to fear the Israelites” (Exodus 1:12). The Egyptians “worked them viciously” for the following many centuries, enslaving the Israelites (Exodus 1:13). God eventually heard their prayers and sent Moses and Aaron to rescue them (Exodus 2:23-25). Pharaoh ultimately agreed to free the Israelites after the last of the ten plagues, the death of the firstborn males.
They sent out twelve spies to survey the area and its people when they arrived at Kadesh Barnea, which was on the boundary of the Promised Land of Canaan (Numbers 13:18-25). After forty days of exploration, they returned. Ten of the spies received a negative report:
“However, the men who accompanied him responded, ‘We will not be able to go up against the people; they are stronger than we are.' And they returned to the children of Israel with a bad report of the area that they had examined, saying, “The land through which we have gone to search it is a place that eatth away its inhabitants,” and “All the people that we saw in it are men of large size.” And then we beheld the giants, the sons of Anak, who came from the giants: and we were as small as grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we were in theirs.” 31-33 in Numbers 13:31-33 in Numbers 13:31-33 in Number
Only Joshua and Caleb were against it (Numbers 14:6-7). The people became discouraged and rebelled after believing the ten doubters' account. “And the whole congregation rose up and cried, and the people wept that night.” And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the entire crowd exclaimed, “Would God that we had perished in Egypt!” or “Would God that we had died in this wilderness!” 14:1-2 (NIV)
“How long will this people provoke me?” the Lord asked Moses. How long will it take until they believe me, despite all the clues I've shown them?” 14:11 in the Bible
Moses, on the other hand, interceded for his people once more, and God's wrath was turned aside (Numbers 14:13-20). Despite God's forgiveness, He made the following decision: “Surely they shall not see the land which I swore unto their fathers, nor shall any of those who provoked me see it:” 14:23 in the Bible
Rather, they would suffer for forty years in the wilderness, one year for each of the forty days they spent exploring the region (Numbers 14:34). Furthermore, God would grant them their requests:
“Say unto them, As surely as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in my ears, so will I do unto you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all who were numbered of you, from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against me, shall fall in this wilderness.” 14:28-29 (Numbers)
Furthermore, before the Lord, the ten men who had given the evil report were struck down and perished of a plague (Numbers 14:37). Only Joshua and Caleb, the two faithful scouts who trusted God's promise to hand over the land to them, survived.
They had been promised victory by God. The country He told them to go into and take was already theirs; all they had to do was believe and obey, which they failed to do. God will never take us to a place where His grace is insufficient to care for us or where His strength is insufficient to protect us. During the plagues and wonders of the Exodus, the Israelites witnessed God's tremendous hand at work. They, like many others, walked by sight rather than faith, and God was offended by their unbelief. “It is difficult to please God without faith” (Hebrews 11:6). They were unable to enter the Promised Land because they refused to believe God's message. This is a fact that has never altered.
Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
Many people want to be free of poverty's shackles. In a period of economic downturn, this becomes even more important. Christians are taught from the beginning to trust God's competence and willingness to offer the appropriate solutions to the numerous obstacles that humanity faces, including concerns of poverty.
Whatever the human situation appears to be, the Bible promises that God will give a table in the wilderness – practical sources of supply. Despite the Israelites' doubts, God provided daily manna while they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness in the Old Testament – Exodus 16. During a drought in Israel, God also instructed ravens to feed Elijah bread and flesh, as well as provide him with water from the brook Cherith (1 Kings 17). When the brook dried up, God sent him to a widow in Zarephath, who provided him with food and oil, which lasted until the drought was through.
Christ Jesus fed a crowd of four thousand people with seven loaves and a few tiny fishes (Mark 8), whereas Matthew 14 says he fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes.
What does the number 40 mean in the Bible?
- Jesus fasted in the Judean desert for “forty days and forty nights” before being tempted (Matthew 4:2, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:2).
- Between Jesus' resurrection and ascension, there was a forty-day interval (Acts 1:3).
- Moses' life, according to Stephen, is divided into three 40-year periods, separated by his maturation, exodus from Egypt, and return to lead his people out (Acts 7:23,30,36).
- Lent is the 40-day period preceding Easter in modern Christian practice. Sundays are excluded from the count in much of Western Christianity (there are 46 days in total of Lent); Sundays are included in Eastern Christianity.
What happened during the 40 years in the wilderness?
God saw this as a serious offense. God ordained that the Israelites would wander in the wilderness for 40 years as a result of their refusal to take the land, which corresponded to the 40 days that the spies toured the land. Furthermore, save for Joshua and Caleb, who did not disparage the land, the entire generation of men who fled Egypt after the Exodus would perish in the desert.
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, eating quail and manna. Joshua led them into the Promised Land, and the victory at Jericho marked the start of their possession. As wins were gained, each tribe was given a piece of land to dwell on, and they coexisted peacefully. God provided triumphs where they were needed, and his promise to Abraham was kept.
What does spiritual dryness feel like?
Spiritual dryness, a state of feeling exhausted or empty, can occur during wilderness seasons. Reading the Bible and praying feel rote and monotonous. Your enthusiasm and enthusiasm for God and life have diminished. You're perplexed, befuddled, and exhausted.