TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, September 03, 2019:
To restore or replenish, to revive, to reestablish, to make new spiritually.
Let the people renew their strength.
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We are living in a time when many Christians around the world are facing persecution for their faith in God. It also is a time when Americans have fallen further away from God. It is a time when we see civil wars, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes becoming more prevalent. There seems to be one crisis after another. It is a time of uncertainty. We do not know what another day will bring.
Today is a time when we as believers need to take the time to renew our faith in Jesus and look carefully at what we are doing to grow daily in our walk with Him. More and more our faith is going to be tested.
All things on earth need to be renewed. We all know that God created all things but no created thing continues by itself. God provided ways for the things He created to be renewed. For example, consider trees. They must have the water of the rain that falls and must be fed with the nourishment from the soil and the light of the sun or they will wither and die.
Years ago, we were in the country of Lebanon. We had read so many times in the Bible and in other books about the Cedars of Lebanon. We went to the part of Lebanon where many of these beautiful Cedars of Lebanon trees grow. God planted (created) these trees but they only live because God provided for them the right environment to meet their daily needs for renewal and growth.
Just as these beautiful trees need daily renewal our spiritual life can only be sustained by receiving a daily renewal from God. We must consider what kind of an environment we are choosing to spend our time in and what we are feeding our mind and soul.
God’s Word provides nourishment to our soul. Studying and meditating on God’s Word changes our thinking and redirects our minds and puts us in a spiritual environment that allows the Holy Spirit to do His work of renewal in our lives.
Just think how depressed mentally and how weak physically we would be if we missed many meals. Even so we will get more depressed spiritually when we miss reading and studying God’s Word, but many believers do not understand this. Without constant spiritual renewal in our lives we become spiritually weak and we will not be ready for the constant evil assaults on our lives or the turmoil we have from within. If we do not renew our strength in the Lord daily, we will grow weaker spiritually and evil will gain a stronghold in our life and soon it will have mastery over all we do and say.
We need to not only read the Bible daily but we need to pray daily asking God to renew the spirit within us as the Psalmist said in Psalm 51:10. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
The apostle Paul wrote in II Corinthians 4:16 that “even though our outward man is perishing, yet our inward man is being renewed every day.” Paul could write this because physically he was failing in jail but spiritually, because of his commitment to the Lord, he was growing in his faith.
Yes, every day we get older and the aches and pains get stronger and our burdens get heavier, but when we are in a right relationship with God, He will renew us inwardly with spiritual strength through His Holy Spirit who works within us.
We urge you to remember the words of Isaiah (40:31) in your daily life. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Let us put our failures behind us today and set a new course by putting our hope in the Lord and renewing our commitment to serve Him. God is faithful in His promises. He will renew our strength.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 27:1.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Help me to renew my trust in You. Help me to be diligent to make it my priority to take the time to read Your Word and meditate upon it, to wait upon You in prayer so that I may have renewed strength to face the trials that comes my way in this crisis torn world. May I also learn anew today to commit all that I do today, and every day, to You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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