Working God’s Way is Refreshing

Wore out or Refreshed- The choice is ours
Christians often describe their living with words such as weary, worn out, anxious, frustrated, guilty, overwhelmed, fearful, hopeless, resigned, bitter, in a survival mode.
God offers renewal, revival and refreshing. Maybe these thoughts will help.
A. WORKING GOD’S WAY IS REFRESHING
– God’s yoke is easy, His burden is light, His ways are not grievous.   He will give you rest and fullness of Joy.  We sing about Joy in serving Jesus and Victory in Jesus.
– Jesus lived at a measured pace and was satisfied with doing what His Father asked Him to do!
– Jesus has provided all the resources we need to carry out His work through us:  Precious Promises, Himself, our new identity, and riches of His grace, which are sufficient.
– God commands us to have the fullness of joy, fear not, be not anxious, and be not weary in well doing.  God has not called us to work in such a way that we sin- (anxious, weary, fear, bitter, etc.)
– God’s way to work is by Grace through Faith.  Focus on God and His promises releases all the resources of God.  He does His work through us.  Relax!
B. WORK THAT WEARS YOU OUT
The devil’s mission is to wear out the saints (Daniel 7:25).
1. Work harder, do more, be busier, sleep less, read Bible more, fast more, pray more, sacrifice more, dump guilt, self-condemnation, magnify your faults, and sacrifice your family.
2. Satan’s rebukes are destructive intending to get us to work more and harder.  This results in less time to increase our intimacy with God and we work increasingly in our own strength and produce less with more work and our labor is in vain.  God’s rebukes are not for lack of work but lack of faith that focuses on Growing in Grace and Knowledge of God.  Working less by Grace through Faith (Power) accomplishes more than working harder without power.  Devil says get busy and get working.  God says get Faith so you can work with Power.
Let me suggest some causes of fainting (weary, anxious, complaining, resignation, bitterness, apathy) in the ministry (Proverbs 24:10).
1. UNQUENCHED THIRST
God has placed a thirst in our soul that can only be satisfied by an intimate, personal up-to-date fellowship with Christ.  Paul calls that fellowship – Knowing God.  David set himself to get acquainted with God, and we are instructed in Scripture to grow or increase in our knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Intimate fellowship with God is the only source of the trust needed for faith to work in God’s power. Working to satisfy that thirst will be fruitless since only Jesus satisfied.   The Heart of Jesus faith was an “abba” relationship with His Father.  We can only be refreshed when we drink of the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 12:13)
2. IGNORANCE OF OUR RESOURCES
If you are trying to cut wood with a chain saw but were not told about the power in the motor you will soon be discouraged and frustrated from powerless labor.  Unfortunately, after we lead a person to Christ we often  put that person to work without informing him about all the riches of Grace (power) he has and how to access it (by Faith).  We leave that person open to the devil to frustrate and wear him out with our emphasis on work.  We need to teach how to apply the resources (Ephesians 1-3) before or along with the work (Ephesians).  I like to visualize our resources as a lake call “Grace Lake.  That lake is loaded with resources found in God’s Character, God’s promises, and our Identity.  All of these have implications for our daily living.  The power found in Grace Lake is sufficient for all of life and Godliness.  We release, plug into, have access to that power when we exercise faith or trust in God
3. WORKING WITHOUT POWER   We may have been duped into being so busy helping God that we haven’t noticed that the cord (faith) has fallen out of the power source (Grace).  STOP!  Your work is in vain.  You need to renew your fellowship with Christ and review His Promise.
4. FAILURE TO “SEE” GOD WORKING
Scripture clearly tells us that God is working out His purposes and carrying out His Promises.  Reviewing our failure and walking by sight may discourage us.  We will be strengthened and encouraged if we start praising God for His marvelous works.
– Praise God for doing what He is and has promised even if you don’t see it or feel it!  Example:  Praise God for your future provision even though you have not received it yet (Hebrews 11:13).   God is the Lord of hosts – Praise God for the mighty army of His angels who are fighting for us in the invisible world (consider Jericho).
– Tune in to “Good Reporters” (Philippians 4:8) Find people and publications that can “see” God at work.  Cancel subscriptions to magazines that specialize in reporting all the bad news.  God is doing a Great Work – open your eyes of faith and “See”  (II Kings 6:13-34).  Believe and you will see.  Write down five great things that God is doing in your life, children, church whether you see it or feel it just because He promised.
5. Don’t do someone else’s work.  Relax!  You can’t handle every job that needs to be done.  Identify your assignment and either delegate or eliminate the rest!  Do this one thing or you’ll exhaust your energy accomplishing little and being distracted from maintaining your connection to the power source.
Don’t try to change lives, reprove, correct, prune, convict, convert, call, illuminate, assure or resurrect.  Only God can do that!  You’ll do it in the flesh because God does not give us power to do what only the Holy Spirit can do.  We will get weary and discourage if we try to convert and convict.  The results will not be of God.
Delegate some of your work and leave it there.  Perfectionists never leave it delegated!
6. NON-BIBLICAL EXPECTATIONS Limit your expectations to God’s promises. Bitterness is the results of expectations not met.
7. FAILURE TO WALK IN GOD’S WAYS                                               When our living is contrary to God’s way we give the devil a place (Ephesians 4:29) to wear out the saints (Dn 7:25).  The way of the Lord is strength to the upright (Proverbs 10:29).  When we walk contrary to God’s ways we become weary and our spirit is cast down (Psalm 42).  There are two ways you can walk – God’s way or the Devil’s way.  God’s way is to give thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18) and lifts our spirit.  The Devil’s way is to murmur or complain which discourages.  It is useless to ask God to strengthen us while we murmur.  Stop complaining and start praising.
8. CLUTTERED LIVING
Simplify and clean out the garage.  You are not home yet!  Travel light!  Have a yard sale.  Reduce the maintenance items.  Eliminate distractions, solve problems, and keep current.
9. SLOTHFUL THINKING (PROVERBS 28:1)
Correct yourself.  See things as God sees them – success, good, adversity, love, and accidents. Encourage yourself in the Lord!
10. UNPREPARED HEART
Ezra prepared His heart for the ministry.  Paul and Moses spent years in heart preparation. Enduring and persevering people usually have the following experiences associated with their living: Broken, Refined, Abiding, crucified with Him, Risen with Him, Putting on the Armor of God.

Wore out or Refreshed- The choice is ours

Christians often describe their living with words such as weary, worn out, anxious, frustrated, guilty, overwhelmed, fearful, hopeless, resigned, bitter, in a survival mode. God offers renewal, revival and refreshing. Maybe these thoughts will help.
A. WORKING GOD’S WAY IS REFRESHING – God’s yoke is easy, His burden is light, His ways are not grievous.   He will give you rest and fullness of Joy.  We sing about Joy in serving Jesus and Victory in Jesus.
– Jesus lived at a measured pace and was satisfied with doing what His Father asked Him to do!
– Jesus has provided all the resources we need to carry out His work through us:  Precious Promises, Himself, our new identity, and riches of His grace, which are sufficient.
– God commands us to have the fullness of joy, fear not, be not anxious, and be not weary in well doing.  God has not called us to work in such a way that we sin- (anxious, weary, fear, bitter, etc.)
– God’s way to work is by Grace through Faith.  Focus on God and His promises releases all the resources of God.  He does His work through us.  Relax!
B. WORK THAT WEARS YOU OUT The devil’s mission is to wear out the saints (Daniel 7:25). 1. Work harder, do more, be busier, sleep less, read Bible more, fast more, pray more, sacrifice more, dump guilt, self-condemnation, magnify your faults, and sacrifice your family. 2. Satan’s rebukes are destructive intending to get us to work more and harder.  This results in less time to increase our intimacy with God and we work increasingly in our own strength and produce less with more work and our labor is in vain.  God’s rebukes are not for lack of work but lack of faith that focuses on Growing in Grace and Knowledge of God.  Working less by Grace through Faith (Power) accomplishes more than working harder without power.  Devil says get busy and get working.  God says get Faith so you can work with Power.

Let me suggest some causes of fainting (weary, anxious, complaining, resignation, bitterness, apathy) in the ministry (Proverbs 24:10).
1. UNQUENCHED THIRST God has placed a thirst in our soul that can only be satisfied by an intimate, personal up-to-date fellowship with Christ.  Paul calls that fellowship – Knowing God.  David set himself to get acquainted with God, and we are instructed in Scripture to grow or increase in our knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Intimate fellowship with God is the only source of the trust needed for faith to work in God’s power. Working to satisfy that thirst will be fruitless since only Jesus satisfied.   The Heart of Jesus faith was an “abba” relationship with His Father.  We can only be refreshed when we drink of the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 12:13)
2. IGNORANCE OF OUR RESOURCESIf you are trying to cut wood with a chain saw but were not told about the power in the motor you will soon be discouraged and frustrated from powerless labor.  Unfortunately, after we lead a person to Christ we often  put that person to work without informing him about all the riches of Grace (power) he has and how to access it (by Faith).  We leave that person open to the devil to frustrate and wear him out with our emphasis on work.  We need to teach how to apply the resources (Ephesians 1-3) before or along with the work (Ephesians).  I like to visualize our resources as a lake call “Grace Lake.  That lake is loaded with resources found in God’s Character, God’s promises, and our Identity.  All of these have implications for our daily living.  The power found in Grace Lake is sufficient for all of life and Godliness.  We release, plug into, have access to that power when we exercise faith or trust in God  3. WORKING WITHOUT POWER   We may have been duped into being so busy helping God that we haven’t noticed that the cord (faith) has fallen out of the power source (Grace).  STOP!  Your work is in vain.  You need to renew your fellowship with Christ and review His Promise.
4. FAILURE TO “SEE” GOD WORKINGScripture clearly tells us that God is working out His purposes and carrying out His Promises.  Reviewing our failure and walking by sight may discourage us.  We will be strengthened and encouraged if we start praising God for His marvelous works.
– Praise God for doing what He is and has promised even if you don’t see it or feel it!  Example:  Praise God for your future provision even though you have not received it yet (Hebrews 11:13).   God is the Lord of hosts – Praise God for the mighty army of His angels who are fighting for us in the invisible world (consider Jericho).
– Tune in to “Good Reporters” (Philippians 4:8) Find people and publications that can “see” God at work.  Cancel subscriptions to magazines that specialize in reporting all the bad news.  God is doing a Great Work – open your eyes of faith and “See”  (II Kings 6:13-34).  Believe and you will see.  Write down five great things that God is doing in your life, children, church whether you see it or feel it just because He promised.
5. Don’t do someone else’s work.  Relax!  You can’t handle every job that needs to be done.  Identify your assignment and either delegate or eliminate the rest!  Do this one thing or you’ll exhaust your energy accomplishing little and being distracted from maintaining your connection to the power source.
Don’t try to change lives, reprove, correct, prune, convict, convert, call, illuminate, assure or resurrect.  Only God can do that!  You’ll do it in the flesh because God does not give us power to do what only the Holy Spirit can do.  We will get weary and discourage if we try to convert and convict.  The results will not be of God.
Delegate some of your work and leave it there.  Perfectionists never leave it delegated! 6. NON-BIBLICAL EXPECTATIONS Limit your expectations to God’s promises. Bitterness is the results of expectations not met.
7. FAILURE TO WALK IN GOD’S WAYS                                               When our living is contrary to God’s way we give the devil a place (Ephesians 4:29) to wear out the saints (Dn 7:25).  The way of the Lord is strength to the upright (Proverbs 10:29).  When we walk contrary to God’s ways we become weary and our spirit is cast down (Psalm 42).  There are two ways you can walk – God’s way or the Devil’s way.  God’s way is to give thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18) and lifts our spirit.  The Devil’s way is to murmur or complain which discourages.  It is useless to ask God to strengthen us while we murmur.  Stop complaining and start praising.
8. CLUTTERED LIVINGSimplify and clean out the garage.  You are not home yet!  Travel light!  Have a yard sale.  Reduce the maintenance items.  Eliminate distractions, solve problems, and keep current.
9. SLOTHFUL THINKING (PROVERBS 28:1)Correct yourself.  See things as God sees them – success, good, adversity, love, and accidents. Encourage yourself in the Lord!
10. UNPREPARED HEART Ezra prepared His heart for the ministry.  Paul and Moses spent years in heart preparation. Enduring and persevering people usually have the following experiences associated with their living: Broken, Refined, Abiding, crucified with Him, Risen with Him, Putting on the Armor of God.

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