Bible Study “in the Valley”

An encouraging post for those who feel they are going through a dry spell spiritually with the Lord. As another reader posted:

“Who is among you that feareth the Lord,
that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
let him trust in the name of the Lord,
and stay upon his God.”
(Isaiah 50:10)

A hunger for Him… — vwoods1212

God: can be quite intriguing…. Psalm 42:1-2 (KJV) “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” As sinners in a sinful world, we get drawn by God to enter relationship with […]

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In praise of spiritual dry spells

The ideas in this article were largely taken from other sites and forums, posted here as they may help encourage people who are going through similar dry spells in their spiritual reading and prayer life.

Here are some insights:

God created the physical seasons to illustrate the spiritual seasons a Christian will pass through in his or her life. Jesus talked a lot about seasons (Matthew 21:41; Luke 12:42; Luke 21:30; John 4:35; John 5:35).

Paul told Timothy to “be prepared in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). A dry spell is a spiritual drought. You feel as if you are just going through the motions. God is the author of dry spells. He plans them, He creates them, He brings them. And He eventually removes them.

So what is going on during a dry spell? God is searching us out, asking, “Do you want Me only during the good times (ie. a “fair weather friend”) or do you want Me in the dry times also?” The greatest spiritual growth often takes place during the dry spell. But that growth is imperceptible. The dry spell can be used therefore to sort out the wheat from the chaff: it is the Lord’s winnowing tool (Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17). As it is written:

Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:12).

A dry spell can usually be broken…but sometimes it cannot. At such times you have one option: batten down the hatches, hunker down and walk through it.

Blessed is the church – and Christian – who can ride out the dry spell in faith.

Other insights from a forum where someone posted on going through a spiritual dry spell:

* Start on your knees and pray so you can allow your thoughts to be inspired by God’s most awesome and gentle way.

* Pray that the words you write and share are words of praise and worship to our God. A ministry to reach out to others.

* Speak out about life in relationship to the Father. Speak about the struggles. Speak as the Holy Spirit leads you, for He will give you the words.

* Stay focussed on the Lord Jesus, I understand how prayer and steeping yourself in the Word of God does that for us. Trust that He is in you and be prepared. He is using you.

What to do when grace departs

I thought I’d write a brief posting on how the Lord Jesus has lead me to cope with a recent dry spiritual spell, as this may help and encourage others going through similar things.

Recently I had a situation where I felt dried up and lacking in faith, it was really quite difficult to push through. Then the Lord brought the following scripture passages to mind, quietly, while I was reading the Bible. He reminded me that steeping myself in the Word of God and prayer is essential – not optional – for maintaining a strong spiritual life. Faith grows from this:

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

John 15:7-8
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

John 6:35
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

John 6:63
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

I hope the above has brought as much strength and comfort to you as it did me. If you ever feel weak in faith, or lacking in spiritual strength, just reflect on the above passages then turn to intense meditation and prayer upon the Word of God. You will grow by the milk of the Word. As it is written:

1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby