Fresh Hope – Day 162

I’ve had my fair share of car breakdowns in the past.

Some of them were due to the fact that the only cars that I could afford were pretty rough to start with, but I have to admit that many of them were my fault.

Something within me dared to see how far I could drive on empty…and I usually came unstuck; the worst was when I drove to Bournemouth and ran out of fuel with an hour of the journey still to go.

Just like a car, we too have gauges that are set into our lives to help us to know when we’re running on empty.

Is it possible that you’re feeling like you are because you’re running on fumes and are just about to break down?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of seeing a literal gauge, so we have to rely on our instincts to sense when we are getting low.

We have three gauges in our lives: physical, emotional and spiritual.

When we are physically low, we know we need to rest, eat or exercise.

When we are emotionally low, we know we need to make time for ourselves. Maybe watch a film, read a magazine, go for a drive in the countryside or just go for a nice coffee.

But what do we do when we feel spiritually low? We usually ignore it and do nothing. We even at times decide to go against all sound advice and cut ourselves off from God and church because of how we feel. Wrong move.

Just like the physical body, we need to respond appropriately and do things to restore our spiritual lives.

Someone once quipped…’seven days without prayer makes one weak’. Corny but true.

Get back into a spiritual fitness regime of rising early in a morning for prayer. Share your day with God and listen for His voice to guide you, before you start the day.

See the Bible as spiritual food. It’s no good on the shelf, it needs to be digested.

Worshipping God in your own private way with a CD at home or in the car has an incredible spiritual impact on your life.

Make sure that you are a part of a life-giving church every week.

God created us body, soul and spirit. If you’re running on low in any one of these, then you are destined to run dry.

Mark 6:31 ‘Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”’

Pastor Mark

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