Did you become disillusioned? Allowed the cares of the world to creep in and rob you of your joy?
You're not the same. The fire has died down. The smile has not only disappeared, but it has turned into a frown. More of a scowl actually. The body language speaks pride, anger, and disapproval.
Simply put? You woke up one day and you weren't the same person. Not to God. Not to you. Not to anybody.
Something happened. It was gradual, but when it finally accumulated...wow.
Galatians 5:7 (AMP) - "You were running the race nobly. Who has interfered in (hindered and stopped you from) your heeding and following the Truth?"
One thing that interferes with following the Truth is to begin following a lie. You can tell who follows a lie. There won't be any fruit from it.
Is this you today?
The end of the road for this spoiler is a short one. One reaches it very quickly.
You become the person spoken of in past tense. You become a sad remembrance. A failure statistic.
"Remember when ______was so fired up and filled with the Holy Spirit power? What happened? So sad."
None of your issues and problems are bigger than Jesus. He can handle them all. Somewhere along the line some folks start to lose confidence in the Word, the Church, the pastor, the people...Jesus Himself.
Don't you be that person. The devil only wins this one if YOU allow him to.
Throw up your hands before Jesus today and just start to praise Him! Even if you look and feel stupid, just do it. Draw close to Him. Cry out to Him. Ask Him to restore you to the glory you once knew and felt.
If you have never been there then raise your arms in praise anyway! Renew yourself in Him daily. Keep the fire stoked.
Remember that there are people who really, really care about you and are suffering through this dry season with you. You probably have a pastor, friends, relatives, who have noticed and are concerned.
This is a good time for Holy Spirit humility. It's never too late to turn it around.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><