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The spiritual drought

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  1. 1. How to Survive aSpiritual DroughtMelissa C. PointerSaturday, June 1, 13
  2. 2. What is a Drought?The common definition is a long period of extremely dryweather, when there is not enough rain for the successfulgrowing of crops or the replenishment of waterThe consequences of a droughtHigher prices for foodMore cattle is slaughtered because there is not enough grass andwaterThe land itself becomes damaged due to erosion and unforgiving heatIn extreme cases it may lead to widespread famine, entire groups ofpeople may be forced to migrate and death due to starvation andehydration may resultSaturday, June 1, 13
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  4. 4. The Spiritual DroughtSpiritually a drought is a lengthy time periodbetween outpourings of the Holy Spirit.When we first learn of God’s word the Comfortercomes and works with us and gives usunderstanding. It is similar to the April rains weexperience. This spring rain establishes crops.However, we know that it will not continue to rainlike that during the summer.Saturday, June 1, 13
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  6. 6. During the season of rain theplants must establish an extensiveroot system that will aid themduring the future drier weather. Ifa drought occurs these rootsystems will face a challenge. Foronly those with deep root systemswill survive an extreme drought.Which is why trees will outlastgrass and other plants during adrought. Their roots are deepenough to tap into ground water.Saturday, June 1, 13
  7. 7. The Spiritual parallel is the parable of thesower and the seed (Matthew 13:5-6) .We should view the drought as a testingperiod at condition that will determine ifwe can last during the difficult times. Ourancestors faced a similar challenge whenthey traveled in the wilderness. Thosewho could not tolerate their situationfailed. The greatest difference betweenthose that succumb and those thatsurvive, is that those who succeedincorporate God into their lives and areable to tap into the groundwater below(Ps 1:1-3).Saturday, June 1, 13
  8. 8. Famine and DroughtThis is compounded by the spiritual famine. There isliterally a dearth of truth in the earth. The Word of Goddoes not make an impact in the world. Instead it hasbeen discredited and rejected.We must learn how to successfully combat bothconditions in order to be found worthy of God’sblessingsSaturday, June 1, 13
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  10. 10. The Check listWhen I go on vacation I like to do rigorous activitiesBiking, swimming, hiking, kayakingI also like to do these activities in unique environmentsRugged hills, deserts, forestsWhy? I love the challengeBut to complete a feat I have to be prepared for whatmay happen...Saturday, June 1, 13
  11. 11. PreparationI learned quickly that if you are going biking in therainforestBug spray is a mustYou need lots of waterIf you will hike in the desertSunscreen, trail mix and lots of waterKayaking on a riverHelps to have improved upper body strengthSnacks and Lots of waterSaturday, June 1, 13
  12. 12. Our WarfareIn order to obtain eternal life we must also acknowledge a few thingsas wellThis road is not easy...if it was everyone could do itWe have an enemy that is seasoned in battle and is activelyplotting against usThis is not a war that will be fought under “perfect conditions”only (when the elements are not against us)We have a general that is an expert in war (God) and he has notleft us helplessHe has given us tools and skills to make sure we fight a goodfight and gain eternal lifeThe purpose of this class is to review over the environment ofdrought and how to thrive in itSaturday, June 1, 13
  13. 13. TheConditionsof DroughtDehydrationErosionDamage from the SunSaturday, June 1, 13
  14. 14. DehydrationWe have all experience dehydration. If youhave ever exercised, had stomach flu or simplybeen thirsty: you were dehydrated. The costof dehydration can range from an annoyingdistraction, to weakness and finally death.Dehydration occurs when you are losing morewater than you can replace. This can disruptseveral types of functions of the body. Forexample, water is necessary for maintainingcorrect blood volume; in severe cases ofdehydration blood pressure decreases and itbecomes more difficult for cells to obtain allthe nourishment and oxygen necessary forsurvival.Saturday, June 1, 13
  15. 15. I have seen this occur in patients at the hospitaland fluids are given intravenously to preventgreater damage from occurring. I have alsoexperienced the affects of dehydration when Iexercise. I have noticed that I simply do not lastas long when I do not drink water. I have alsonoticed that I am weaker afterwards also. Thisproblem is compounded when I workout duringthe summer. I know that I must bring water andperhaps a power bar to maintain myself duringstrenuous activity. Fighting against a fierceopponent is also strenuous activity. Satanknows that we are weaker when we do not haveenough spiritual water. It is much easier for himto uproot us if our roots are dried up or tomake a penetrating strike if we are weak.Dehydration:What it will cost youSaturday, June 1, 13
  16. 16. How does this effect soldiers? Remember an armymoves on its stomach and food is just as important asweapons. It is impossible to separate spiritual food andwater from one another. In order to obtain the Spirit wemust eat the Word of God. The reciprocal is also true: inorder to digest God’s word we must in take of the Spirit.When you are dehydrated you are also starving. Thissituation will make it impossible to defeat Satan.Did you know that when youbecome dehydrated...simpletasks become much moredifficult. Spiritualdehydration is verydangerousSaturday, June 1, 13
  17. 17. In order to prevent dehydration andstarvation we must continue to make Christapart of our lives by meditation, study andaction (Ps 1:1-3, Matt 5:6). If we do not dothis we will weaken until we will die(Ecclesiasticus 14:9). Even slightdehydration can start or exacerbateerosion.Erode: to diminish or destroy by degrees:to eat into or away by slow destruction of asubstance: acid, infection and cancer: towear away by the action of water, wind orglacial ice.Saturday, June 1, 13
  18. 18. Spiritual erosion is the process of stripping you of your foundation until you arebare and exposed. Satan is not satisfied with you not growing he also wants you toregress. You will become so weak you will not be able to use the weapons you have.It is no different than becoming sick because you are so dehydrated.It is no different than becoming sick because youare so dehydrated. Your immune system cannotfight off germs because it is compromised. Theviciousness of this cycle is that you need tointake even more fluids when you are sick tobecome well. However since you do not haveaccess to water you will become weaker andsicker until you die. Erosion can occur so slowlythat it is difficult to notice at first until it hasmanifested itself as a very large problem. Thissituation was well illustrated by the parable of thetalents: Matthew 25:14-29Saturday, June 1, 13
  19. 19. Here each individual was given a certainamount of money to work with and only twoof the three did so. The person who didnothing with his money had his taken away.Which proves a common saying “if you donot use it you will lose it.” What preventsthe gradual decay of righteousness: a goodroot system. It is much harder for soil to beremoved if roots are holding it tightly. Forareas that are often plagued with erosionproblems there are often few trees orappropriate native grasses to hold the soil.Saturday, June 1, 13
  20. 20. The Great Plains region is a perfectexample of this. The native grassesformed a tight network of roots so it wasdifficult for the soil to be removed.However the homesteaders removed thesegrasses for crops. When the drought camethe soil was not held together by theseplants and eroded away. If you have evergardened before you will see this first hand.It is very difficult to remove deeply rootedplants from the soil and once you haveremoved them it is difficult to remove thesoil from them. When we incorporate Godinto every aspect of our lives, Satan cannotdiminish us.Saturday, June 1, 13
  21. 21. It is when we are blinded by pride or trust in our personal judgment that we canlose our footing and our shield (example Pharisees; Mark 7:5-13, this is seen asthe Catholic and Protestant churches, Islam and pseudo Jews. As warriors wemust maintain and improve our skills so that we are always ready for the enemy(II Timothy 2:15). If not we will forget maneuvers and become sloppy anduncoordinated.Saturday, June 1, 13
  22. 22. Often Satan works in stages: he wants usto resist the Spirit so the Word of God is notincorporated into us, so that we cannot tapinto water within the ground. We will then bydry and weak and our foundation will beremoved so we are exposed. Then he likes tohave the sun shine upon us and kill ourexposed roots. During a drought the sun isnot a friend. Scorching heat has been knownto break those who did not preparethemselves. If you have ever had fainted dueto heat, have heat exhaustion or simply beensunburned you understand the viciousness ofthe sun. All of the above can make it difficultfor anyone to function in a desert or drought.Saturday, June 1, 13
  23. 23. Besides dehydration, which can beexacerbated by scorching heat, the sun isfeared in desert travel. I personally learnedto respect the effect of the sun in the VirginIslands. Though it was only 75 degrees I wasburned on my face and shoulders in 2.5hours. So now if I travel south of Indiana Iwear sunscreen, hats and bring lots ofwater. If you have ever been burned youknow that it is painful and very damaging. Ipeeled for a few weeks after that incident inthe islands. Spiritually the cruel sun can be seen asdifficult times. Times so hard that theywill destroy or cripple you if you are notadequately prepared (Matthew 13:5-6).Saturday, June 1, 13
  24. 24. To understand this better we must look at the life of Job. In one day Job lost all ofhis possessions and his children. In another day he lost his good health. To top itoff his supposed good friends accused him of deserving his affliction. The sun ofhardship was shinning upon him. The only thing that prevented him from wilting orsuccumbing was his faith and righteousness. Though he felt the heat of the sun hewas not damage because of his long-suffering nature (Job 1:21-22). Righteousnessand faith give vital protection during times of trouble (Ephesians 6: 14,16). When youknow that you have done all that you could possibly do for God you know he willprotect you. Your faith will be strong so that you will march on (II Corinthians 4:8-11,13-17)Saturday, June 1, 13