“Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.” — Psalm 68:9 (KJV)
It’s always exciting to turn on the computer, sit down in front of it, start surfing my Scripture of the Day sites, and find one that gives me a message I wasn’t intending to write on…but that’s the fun part about the Holy Ghost. I haven’t written a devotional message on this site in a while, and that’s what this message feels like to me. There’s going to be a few different things in the message today, but I think it’ll all work together.
So, let’s see what God wants to say to us today through this devotional message simply titled…
A Plentiful Rain
One of the reasons I have multiple Bible verse sites bookmarked on my computer is I never know if there’s going to be a message attached to one of them, and today’s message comes from Phil Ware and Heartlight.org. As I usually do with these kinds of messages, I think it’s only right to give the writer of the original devotional the opening words, and see what the Lord wants to say from there, Amen!?!
“Dryness, whether spiritual or physical, is sapping to the spirit and wilting to all living things.” – Phil Ware
Anyone ever been in a dry place? I have, and know how it feels to feel like the dry bones in the valley that God told Ezekiel to speak life into. I know what it’s like to be in place that I guess is spiritually dormant or spiritually hibernating. In that place, you just kind of feel like the Matthew West song “The Motions”, and you really don’t fit into the hot, cold or lukewarm…you are just…dry…numb…bland. When you reach that place you are kind of aware that you’re in it, but you don’t really know what to do about it. You pray, you read your Bible, you go to church, and to be honest with you that is when you really question who you are in Christ.
I remember asking myself if I’m just a con-artist. I remember looking at myself in the mirror wondering who I really am and really was. Was I really the man of God that God said I was, or was this just a phase in my life? Was I really called to serve God or was I just imagining it? I was in that place just before I had the encounter with God that changed my life on a fairly nice Sunday morning at a church that was once called The Haven. That Sunday was the day when I said I don’t know how to explain what happened other than I encountered the Living God. That was the day He told me that He loved me, that was the day He lifted the burdens off my shoulders, and breathed life into my dry bones. That was in November of 2010, and for those keeping track Christlike Ministries NWA was launched in February of 2012…that moment was the beginning of my embracing God’s call upon my life.
Let’s join our hearts together today, ten of thousands strong, praying that God will do two things: (1) that he bring rain and refreshment on those lands that are parched and where times are hard; and (2) that he will refresh all of his servants who are discouraged and close to giving up in their difficulties, challenges, temptations, discouragements, and failures.
I remember the Saturday before that service how I was desperately asking God to do something in my life that would settle this dryness in my heart. I went for a walk that night to get out of my one bedroom apartment to eat at a local restaurant, and listen to a guy play music that would eventually become one of my best friends today. After the encounter with this musician, I knew that God was saying to me “hold on Sunday morning is coming”, and I walked home that night in tears because I knew God was moving in my life.
To make a long story short, I was in the 8th month since relocating to Arkansas from Wisconsin, I thought life was finally getting to a good place (I was still dry spiritually, but the physical part of my life was going pretty good), and all of that changed when my significant other at the time decided she was homesick and moved back up north. In a span of a few weeks time, I had lost my significant other, I lost my job, and I had to downsize from a two-bedroom apartment to a one-bedroom apartment. The looming shadow of failure had once again crept in, and I completely shut down myself from the outside world. I was dry, barren, numb, bland…all those things rolled into one, and I walked to The Haven that morning completely dry, desperate, and needing God to do something…and He did.
God sent that plentiful rain that morning. He lifted the burdens off my shoulders. I remember the pastor of the church saying to me before he became the second person to lay hands on me and pray that in the spirit he saw a hand reach down and literally lift the burdens I was carrying off my shoulders. I needed God to do both of these things that day, and He did.
I write this message wondering how many people are in the same place I was that day that God sent a plentiful rain to wash and cleanse me. I wonder if anyone reading this today needs to be refreshed like I did, and restored to know that God loves you like I did. I wonder if anyone feels like they’re going through the motions of life whether it be at work, in your home, or even in your walk with God. I wonder if anyone knows what it’s like to be dry, barren, and numb. If I’m talking to you today…I’m here to say that if He canbreathe life into my dry bones…He can and will do the same for you. If He can bring this dead man walking back to life…He can and will do the same for you.
As I close this message with a final point by Phil Ware and Heartlight.org I just want to encourage you to take a moment today to visit with God in your secret place. If you are anything like me while you were in that dry place…you aren’t really talking to God that much either. I know what it’s like to be in that place, and I also know that the only way out of it is through Jesus Christ. Make no mistake He knows my name, and He knows yours too. I’m not more valuable to Him than you are, and what He’s done in my life He will do in, with, and through yours too.
Let’s close with this final point…
Let’s pray for today to be a day of refreshment and the beginning of revival in our world and among God’s people!
Lord God Almighty, the One able to do more than all we ask or imagine, today, we join our voices and our hearts in asking You for refreshment for every land and every heart parched and wilted. Send Your rains on the drought laden parts of our world. And dear Father, please bring revival throughout our world in our churches and the hearts of those who serve You. We ask this together in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and King. Amen.
I can’t help but feel like I’m supposed to include this image of a prayer along with this message, and so in wanting to be obedient and trusting God with the results I’m going to add this in with the message. If you feel lead to pray it for yourself or someone else…please share this. There is never a cost or charge to share any of my material…but as always if you would like to give financially to help keep Christlike Ministries NWA online please write to me at email@example.com, and I’ll give you all the information you need so you can obey God’s leading to sow into a ministry that’s reaching nearly 200 nations.
Thank you all so much for your time, and I pray for ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying, and I pray for those who are in the dry, barren place that you have that life altering encounter with Jesus that’s needed for God to send A Plentiful Rain into your life.
Have a blessed day in the Lord!
Blessings & Grace;