Do you know how to renew your Spirit?
Do you ever feel run down, depressed, tired, or just plain weary? It is so common to get worn out and fall prey to discouragement or sadness. This is normal and it’s a common part of life. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to feel weary. God can use our weariness to bring us back to Him for strength. However, Satan will try to use our weariness to turn us away from God. We cannot let this happen! The next time you feel weary and you need to renew your spirit, turn to the right things!
8 Ways to Renew Your Spirit
1) Spend a day with God
Jim Berg talks about spending a day with God in his Book, Changed Into His Image. This is such a great idea, and one of the fastest ways to renew our spirit in Him. I must admit, giving up a day or even a few hours just to spend time with God isn’t something I really want to do. My time is precious to me, but God wants my time! No matter how hard it may be, when you and I feel weary and run down we must set aside time to spend with the Lord.
Sometimes our spirits are weary simply because our body is weary. Physical exhaustion and “soul weariness” go hand-in-hand. Sometimes we just simply need to rest. Schedule in time for a nap, go to bed early, or just take it easy. Rest is an important part of life.
3) Pour out your heart to God
Talk to God, pour out your heart to Him. He wants to fill us with His strength and joy… He can and He will! If you find yourself weary, immediately start sharing your thoughts and feelings with Him.
4) Spend time with other Christians
God has placed other Christians in our lives for a reason. Godly friends can help pull us up and pull us along when we are feeling weary and down. When we are strong we can help others, and when we are weak they can help us bear our burdens. God wants Christians to strengthen each other. (See Ecclesiastes 3:9-10 and Galatians 6:2) So make sure you are going to church, call a friend who can listen, and ask others to pray for you.
5) Read Good Christian Books
There are so many helpful books written for Christians. We can glean so much wisdom and encouragement from good Christian authors who have walked the Christian life longer than we have. If you are feeling weary and discouraged, make sure your reading material is encouraging, and spiritually edifying.
6) Sing – especially the hymns
Have you ever just thought about the words to some of the hymns we sing? Old hymns are full of Scripture, solid truths, and wonderful encouragement. The next time you feel weary, grab a hymn book and sing or just read some of the songs. They may spark more emotions but they will also encourage your heart and help renew your spirit.
7) Journal to God
Release your weariness onto to paper and into God’s hands. There is something so refreshing about putting thoughts and feelings onto paper, especially when it’s in the form of a prayer. No one needs to see what you write. Let your written words be between you and God alone.
8) Focus your energies on the right things
If you are weary, take a break from business, and constant striving. Focus your energy on making time for God, on prayer, and time with others. Don’t be afraid to make the effort to encourage someone else. Sometimes all we need to do to feel refreshed and encouraged is to make someone else feel blessed and cared for. Try it… it works! 🙂
Please Remember This
God wants us to turn to Him when we are weary. I am still working on this too! He wants to be the One to renew our spirit. We need to rest our bodies, rest our souls, and renew our spirits in Him. We can’t let Satan take advantage of our weariness. He will go after us when we are weak. We must be on guard for times of weariness. They will come. Let’s be prepared and take our weariness to God. Let’s renew our spirits in Him.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
I Would Love to Know
- How do you renew your spirit?
- Who can you encourage today?
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