Devotional for Wednesday July 1st

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Fresh wind, fresh fire”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “We need fresh wind in our sails and fresh fire in our souls.”
 
Are you tired? I am, I’m tired. Actually, that was a rhetorical question because I already know the answer. I’m in contact with a lot of people every week through posts on social media, and in-person, via email, the telephone, and at church, and I hear what you’re saying. Between the COVID 19 pandemic, the social shut-down, the economic meltdown, the increasing social unrest resulting in riots and all sorts of violence, and a nasty political season, these last five months in our nation have been brutal. Add in a few murder hornets, a delayed baseball season, a shortage of toilet paper, and a run on 9mm ammunition, and most of us are longing for the rapture!
 
So yes, we’re tired. Back in March I had hoped that the stay-at-home orders and self-quarantine time would lead us all to get some extra rest and more time with the Lord. It seemed like that could be the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud. But here we are in July and my own experience, as well as what I’m hearing from many of you, is that the combined impact of all the events of these recent months has led many of us to feeling physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually drained.
 
What we need is fresh wind in our sails and fresh fire in our souls. Some of you will recognize the theme for this month, “Fresh wind, fresh fire”, as having been the title of a 1997 book by Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was a great title and it was also a great book. I’m stealing his title for this devotional series, and throughout the month I might even borrow a few of his ideas from the book. The book was almost exclusively about renewal through prayer (which we will talk about), but we will approach the basic premise about being in need of fresh wind and fresh fire from multiple different angles.
 
I look forward to exploring this theme with you because I believe we can all use a little fresh wind in our sails and some fresh fire in our souls.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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