Where do we start in search for spiritual renewal? When the will within you seems to wane?
We must start with the realization that spiritual renewal comes from GOD! It is not so much that we seek the experience of spiritual renewal as we SEEK THE ONE WHO RENEWS OUR SPIRITS.
“BUT WAIT!” you say. My spirit is just fine. Well, if that’s the case I’m sure you never feel low or down. You say that life is just fine.
When people came to Jesus to have their needs met, very often he redirected their thinking. He taught them to lift their eyes from their own daily necessities and seek God first. He told them, “He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the kingdom of God your primary concern” (Matthew 6:33). We cannot seek the kingdom of God without bowing to the King himself. In the same way, the psalmist encourages his listeners to look to God first, who will then meet their needs: “Who can forget the wonders he performs? How gracious and merciful is our Lord! He gives food to those who trust him; he always remembers his covenant.”
So, it is with our spiritual hunger. Spiritual renewal does not come from seeking spiritual renewal. That will simply result in a temporary emotional high that lacks the true substance that God can provide. Instead, we must seek GOD and surrender to his rule in our lives.
Praise the Lord!
1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
8 they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111