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5 Signs You are Spiritually Dehydrated 

(and God’s Remedy)

October 4, 2017

1. Use of bad language

One of the symptoms of physical dehydration is bad breath. Similarly, I think one characteristic of a lack of living water in someone’s life is unwholesome talk. Luke 6:45 states, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (ESV). When we are lacking spiritually, our speech lacks intentionality.

2. Lack of service

When someone suffers from dehydration, they often experience fatigue. In Philippians 1:9-11, Paul’s prayer to the Philippians emphasizes the overflow of love that comes because of their growth in Christ. When we feel spiritually drained, our service is often affected.

3. Easily angered

Lack of an adequate amount of water in someone’s body causes their body temperature to overheat. When we are spiritually dehydrated, a possible symptom is a quick temper (Galatians 5:20).

4. Lack of self-control

One of the extreme symptoms of physical dehydration is muscle spasms. When a person experiences this symptom, their muscles involuntarily contract and cause pain. Likewise, when we experience spiritual dehydration and do not allow the Spirit to control our lives, we lose control over our flesh and allow sin to creep into our lives (Galatians 5:23).

5. Unwise choices

When someone suffers from dehydration, they can sometimes experience light-headedness. A spiritual equivalent can be making unwise choices. I find that when I am not engaged in my relationship with Christ, my decision-making ability suffers. Proverbs 18:1-3 illustrates the destruction of foolishness.

How to Recover from Spiritual Dehydration

Jesus calls the spiritually thirsty to come to him. He asks those who are weak, worn, broken, and in need to come to Him just as they are. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 1 Peter 5:7 instructs us to cast all our anxiety upon the Lord because He cares for us. Considering these verses, I believe that there are several steps we can take when faced with spiritual dehydration.

Come – Jesus wants us to come to Him when we are weary and broken. He does not want us to get our lives back on track before we approach Him. When Jesus ministered on earth, He affected change and then asked that they continue to walk in forgiveness. A perfect life was not a prerequisite to forgiveness.

Drink – Jesus offers us living water through His Word and His Spirit. However, it is up to us to go to the well and drink of the water. There is the saying that states that you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot force it to drink. The same is true for a person’s spiritual walk. Despite others encouragement, it is ultimately up to the one who thirsts to drink from what God offers. As believers, we must continue to remain in relationship with God through prayer, Scripture, worship, service, and fellowship with other Christians.

Rest – So often, Christians try to earn their way into God’s favor by working as hard as they possibly can. However, Jesus reminds us that we can simply rest in Him. Spiritual renewal is often found through learning to be still and recognizing God’s presence in our lives. Brother Lawrence in The Practice of the Presence of God states, “We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”

Trade – Jesus came to earth to trade our sins and sorrows for His glory and grace. Ultimate spiritual renewal is found when we can cast our burdens at the foot of the cross. The resurrection gives us hope that through Christ, we can be more than conquerors. Though the initial step of faith may seem difficult, the freedom and life gained is well worth the trade.

God’s desire for His children is that we have abundant life. In this life, it is easy for us to become spiritually lacking in zeal. Yet, through God’s grace, we can be renewed by coming to Christ, resting in God’s grace, engaging in spiritual disciplines, and trading our sin and sorrow for God’s glory and grace.

Our Divine Teacher

October 15, 2017

One of the reasons that many people--including believers--don’t read the Bible is because they can’t understand it. We would expect that to be the case for those who don’t know Christ, but why do so many believers fail to comprehend the truths of Scripture? Maybe it’s because they haven’t asked for help from their divine Teacher. One of the Holy Spirit’s chief responsibilities is to enable Christians to understand the things of God.

When looking at believers who know more than we do, we’ll sometimes think, I will never be able to reach that level. The issue, however, isn’t how much knowledge you have right now, but whether you are growing in your understanding. The Spirit will teach you what you need to know, not necessarily what others know. Because He wants to make us godly people, He’ll give us enough truth each day to change our lives. He will interpret the meaning and give an application designed specifically for each person.

The Spirit’s goal is not to fill your mind with information but to bring you to a deeper level in your relationship with the Lord. He wants you to understand the truth so you will fall in love with Jesus. Then you’ll long to spend time in the Word, thereby getting to know Him even better.

But all these treasures of God’s Word could remain out of reach if you never ask the Teacher to unlock them. Each time you read your Bible, ask the Lord for understanding. A wonderfully intimate love relationship with Christ awaits those who let the Spirit reveal to them the thoughts of God.