Lean Time – Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Right now my faith seems a bit thin. What I mean is distractions rule my prayer time; Scripture study yields few insights into God; and my ears seem deaf to the Spirit’s voice. I consider my faith life bland.

Not long ago, the opposite was true. Scripture study was productive; my prayer time was alive; and I could readily tune my ears to God’s voice.

I have experienced living in plenty with the Spirit. However, staying encouraged when faith appears to fall on lean times with the Spirit is difficult.

As I wrestled with this issue of want of Spirit, Paul’s verse in Philippians 4:12 came to mind, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Usually this verse is viewed according to physical needs; but it applies to spiritual needs as well. Right now I am living in want of the Holy Spirit. God put this want in my life so I will hunger for Him and desire the abundance of Christ.

Still, I fight God when my faith seems to lack the bounty of the Spirit. Instead I must learn to be content, accepting all things as a gift from God. The Spirit’s work in my life is up to God. Faith means willingly accepting whatever comes to me from the hand of God.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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