Pre-Battle: How to Arm Ourselves to Overcome Spiritual Weariness (Ecclesiastes 1:9, Philippians 2:6, Matthew 11:29-30, Judges 16:28-30, Psalm 11:1-2, Ephesians 3:17 - Ecclesiastes 3:19)Damon Lomison, August 5, 2012
Part of the Overcoming the Dog Days of Spiritual Weariness series, preached at a Early Service service
As presented last week, times of spiritual weariness are inevitable. However, there are things that we do to ourselves that can make these times even worse. Knowing what to grasp and what not to can be the key to a short time of weariness or a long devastating drought.
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9 What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun. (ESV)
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, (ESV)
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV)
28 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. 30 And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life. (ESV)
To the choirmaster. Of David.
11:1 In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; (ESV)
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)