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Restoring Spiritual Vitality - Part 2 (2 of 3)
INTRODUCTION: How easy it is for us to be a part of the Lord's work and permit the spiritual motivation and passion to move from a blazing fire to a smoldering flicker.
When the Apostle Paul addressed the believers at Thessalonica, he referred to their "work of faith, labor of love, and persistence of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." He was commending them for their perseverance in the face of pressures from within and without.
The weariness of this passage speaks of a discouragement that eventually gives in and gives up.
Word used of servants who are tempted to slacken their exertion by reason of the weariness caused by prolonged effort.
When Is The Opportune Time For Discouragement And Defeat To Raise Their Ugly Heads?
• Seems to always be the chapter after the last victory. What happened?
• With Samson-The Flesh Prevailed
• With David-The Flesh Prevailed
Mid Life Crisis (39-40 years old)
• With Elijah-The Fire Fell
• With Noah-The Flood Subsided
• With Nehemiah's Work-The Forces Pressed
Challenged: Physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.
• Leads to times of aloneness
• Isolation leads to regrets
• Solitude leads to refreshment
What is going on inside?
You feel empty, irritable, hopeless, difficult to concentrate, and vulnerable.
How does this make you feel?
Mark 14:38, "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Romans 7:18. " For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find."
Wonder if Paul reflected on his battles and pressures.
2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
I. SHOW CAUTIONS TO LIFE'S
"while doing good"
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