Devotional for Monday July 20th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Fresh wind, Fresh fire”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “It will be true for you too.”
Yesterday I told you the story of a time in Billy Graham’s life when he was struggling spiritually. If you’re familiar with the story then you know it had been an exceptionally busy time in his life, for an extended period of time. Not only was he struggling with spiritual issues, but he was also physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. He needed renewal.
So, Billy did the thing he knew he needed to do – he carved out some time and he got alone with God. He placed himself in a position before God whereby God could speak to him and refresh his soul. That’s what David described for us in Psalm 23:1-3. There we get a picture of the Lord as shepherd, leading one of His sheep into a time of rest. The writer of Psalm 116 paints a similar picture for us:
“For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 116:8-9
In this case it seems as if the Psalmist had been in both physical danger as well as spiritual distress. If you read the Psalm in its entirety you will see that the writer sought the Lord, cried out to Him, spent the necessary time with Him, and ultimately found deliverance.
Both of those passages portray a person who found relief and renewal by shutting down and spending time with the Lord. And then, they came out of that time with fresh wind in their sails and fresh fire in their souls. It was true for King David, it was true for the unknown writer of Psalm 116, it was true for Billy Graham, and it will be true for you too.
During this difficult time in our life as a nation, we’ve all been under increased stress and we have all had to deal with many difficult situations. I encourage you to set aside some special time with the Lord to decompress and to be renewed.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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