Archive for August, 2016

Vanishing Vapors

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Long gone are the days when my sisters and I would crowd around the downstairs TV, pile atop a large, black fuzzy pillow, squeal excitedly, and laugh hysterically until we cried. What were we doing? Playing Super Mario Brothers 3 on none other than the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

After beating the game, we would have fun challenging each other to “war” sessions. In the game-provided player-dueling venue, we’d launch our very own war session—a highly-virtualized game of tag. We’d chase Mario and Luigi around the screen, not even following the object of the game.

Our players died quite often because we weren’t paying attention to the dangers in the war sessions. We were purely running from each other and having a marvelous time. If a user died, he was quick to regenerate and we’d begin our chasing game all over again…

If you didn’t know, real life isn’t like one of these archaic video games—or even the new ones.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14, KJV).

Our life is precious in a way that I cannot describe. We won’t live forever, and we’re not even promised we’ll live to see tomorrow. But, we seem to gravitate toward living our lives with the assumption we’ll always see another day.

It’s scary to think that a lot of us live life day-to-day the same way we do playing video games. We’re distracted by the vibrant colors, amazed by the high-definition graphics, and unfazed when we mess up because we know there’s another chance to try again. We’re too busy having a great time living in the world to pay attention the dangers lurking around the corner.

Life is real, short, and serious. Every day we live, we should make every second count—we should never assume we’ll get another chance at something, or have another opportunity. We can’t think that we have tomorrow to set the record straight or resolve a problem with a loved one. We can’t laugh at the enemy (or fail to notice him) and expect to win the war.

And, we especially can’t wait until tomorrow to get right with God.

Unlike a video game, we can’t check the “life” or “health” of our virtual avatar and see how much game time we have left. We’re closing in on the end of our earthly game, and we don’t have too many lives left. Ours is just a vapor and could be gone in a moment. The Lord could call us home, or He could come back for His church.

I encourage you today, dear reader, to make today count; don’t wait for tomorrow. Vapors vanish away and don’t return; they don’t regenerate like in video games. Make your life matter; make it mean something; make it worth something for God. The time is now—don’t wait!

Just a Little Walk with Jesus

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

There are those perfect days when the sun is shining, the temperature is at a balmy 73° degrees, and the wind is flowing through the atmosphere, providing a cool and pleasant touch to the day. Whether we’re an outdoor or indoor type of person, we all develop an inkling to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.

There’s something about taking a stroll down the sidewalk that helps us drink in the day. We can appreciate the warmth of the sun on our skin, the agreeable breeze whisking around our cheeks, and the soft, rhythmic pitter-patter of our footsteps in our ears—an inviting, constant sound in the chaotic melodies of life.

Regardless of if the weather cooperates, it’s still nice to get out and walk! Walking helps us maintain a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. Wonderful things happen when we walk—our stress is relieved, the release of endorphins makes us emotionally happier, our self-confidence is improved, and we get to enjoy the great outdoors! Even walking with certain people will help improve our mood.

Where we walk, who we walk with, and how we walk, all affect the true benefit of walking. And, while these factors help with our physical life, they also provide spiritual benefits as well.

How does walking help? Just look in the Scriptures!

Genesis tells us about 3 men who walked with the Lord: Adam (3:8), Enoch (5:24), and Noah (6:9). We’re even told that Adam typically walked with God in the cool of the day—he capitalized on the time and temperature of the day to maximize the benefit of walking!

Scripture tells us that these men not only walked physically with the Lord, but they also walked spiritually with the Lord. The word walked is the same Hebrew word in all settings of Scripture in Genesis. Walked literally means to come near and continue with.

Remember when I said where we walk and who we walk with all affect the true benefit of walking? Walking with the devil, or following our own flesh/desires is going to get us into a lot of trouble. I can guarantee this walking isn’t going to have any benefit in our spiritual life. But, when we draw close to God and come near to Him, the benefits are endless.

Coming near to God helps us to develop a close, intimate relationship with Him. Not only will He know us, but we’ll know Him! We’ll cultivate a friendship and love for Him that can’t be found in this world. Enoch walked so closely with God that God took him from this earth (Genesis 5:24). He may have walked right up to heaven with the Lord—we’ll have to wait until Heaven to find out!

When we stay close to someone, they start to rub off on us. We act like they do. When we continue in the presence of God, His Spirit will dwell in our life. That Spirit will help us live a life that’s pleasing to Him; we’ll be able to imitate Christ! Noah was considered perfect in the eyes of the Lord because he walked with Him (Genesis 6:9).

Today, let’s start our daily walks with the Lord. Physical walks may eventually wear out the body, but continued spiritual walking with the Lord will help rejuvenate us for the road ahead. All it takes is just a little walk with Jesus. I promise you’ll quickly see the benefit in your life.

The Matter of Our Will

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise (Psalms 98:4, KJV).

During the time Israel was taken into captivity by the Babylonians, they sat down by the river and began to weep over their present situation (Psalms 137:1–4). They were in a strange land and away from their families. But, even in captivity, they found themselves by the rivers of Babylon—they were in a place of bounty. Even in an unfavorable situation, they were still blessed by God.

We’re told in Scripture to make a joyful noise. While we may not be in a situation where we feel like praising the Lord, we need to will ourselves to worship Him. We have a supernatural endowment in our life that enables us to rise above our situations; we have the Spirit and power of God working in our life (I John 4:4).

Israel’s praise was affected by their present situation. It’s not that the children of Israel couldn’t praise the Lord, they chose not to praise the Lord. They chose to complain instead of calling on the One who could bring deliverance. We should remember our environment doesn’t dictate who we are. We are always a child of God wherever we go, wherever we live, and no matter what happens in our life. The way we live and our worship for the Lord is all a matter of will.

King David said he would bless the Lord at all times (Psalms 34:1). He understood his relationship with the Lord was about taking ownership of his will. He didn’t want the works of the flesh manifest in his life; he made a decision to praise the Lord. What we command (or will) ourselves to do will chart our course to heaven or hell. When we find ourselves in a time of temptation, we must tell ourselves, “no.” Instead, we must choose to live for God and crucify our flesh.

The disciples faced a tremendous storm and were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water (John 6:16–20). After He approached the ship, and encountered Peter, the disciples willingly received Jesus into the ship (John 6:21). If was after they received Jesus into the ship, they were able to survive the storm and accomplish what they were unable to do without His presence in their life. God isn’t going to force Himself on us; we must be willing to trust and obey Him today.

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed as He prepared to face the cross. In His flesh, He wanted to avoid the agony that awaited Him, but He still prayed, “…not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42, KJV). We should follow after Jesus’ example today and will ourselves to follow after God’s will and not our own. We have a choice today to serve God—it’s just a matter of our will.

Adapted from Sunday Morning Service on August 21, 2016 with Guest Speaker, Rema Duncan

A Lame Excuse for a Bible Study

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Apostolic Pentecostal Church
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Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering (Acts 3:1–11, KJV).

The story of the lame man is a familiar one in Scripture—familiar to us today and familiar to the people during this time in history. We know about this man who laid daily at the gate of the temple, who received a miracle in his life one day. However, beyond the miracle, there are four key elements we can learn from this story.

An Unknown Change

When the lame man arose that morning, he didn’t know what laid in store for him that day. He had the same expectation as every other day—going to lay at the gate of the temple, unchanged. We should be different from the lame man and change our way of thinking that every day will be the same as before. We need to have a spirit of expectation that God will do something in our life; that He will meet a need! God is a very present help in a time of trouble (Psalms 46:1). If God’s power transformed this man’s life at the temple gate, the same good work can happen in our lives today (Philippians 1:6).

God Can Do Anything Through Anybody

It doesn’t matter who we are—God can do a work through us. God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11)! He used Jonah to lead the city of Nineveh to repentance, Moses to lead the Nation of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, and so much more through others throughout Scripture. All He needs is a willing vessel and an obedient heart. We are more than conquers to overcome any situation (Romans 8:37) and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Having Faith to Pray

Trusting in God requires an activation of our faith—to believe and to speak things that are not as though they are (Romans 4:17). We don’t always need to have the end result to have the faith to pray about it! Peter stepped forward and lifted the man up from his resting place before he received confirmation that he was healed. All we need is the faith of a grain of mustard seed, and we can see any mountain removed from our life (Matthew 17:20).

People Will Talk

We cannot allow the opinions and negative attitudes of others around us to dictate how we live and view what God is doing in our lives. God’s ways and thoughts are always higher than our own (Isaiah 55:9); we need to eliminate distractions out of our life that will keep us from understanding and following God’s will. We need to have a passion to live for God, to trust Him, and to do what He speaks into our life regardless of what others around us day and do. If we stay connected to Him, and allow His Spirit to move in us, His Spirit will quicken us (Romans 8:11) to do a good work. If we believe, signs and wonders are sure to follow (Mark 16:17–18).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 17, 2016 with Guest Speaker Brother Casey Pollard

The Right Side of the Bed

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Are you one of those people (like me), who love idioms? Maybe because they’re funny, absolutely ridiculous, or communicate what you’re feeling or thinking when you’re at a loss for words?

As a child, whenever I heard the idiom “someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning”—not usually directed my way, I might add—in my child-like innocence, I immediately amassed questions in my mind.

I pondered how one could possibly get up on the wrong side of the bed if they only had one exit point. What if their bed was pushed up against a wall? Wouldn’t the wrong side of the bed also be the right side of the bed? Or, if someone slept on the floor, was their technically a side of their bed?

As I grew older (and slightly wiser), I learned the meaning behind the idiom—emulating the control and display of attitudes and emotions. Somewhere between the early wake-up call and meandering downstairs for breakfast, one of my family member’s attitude about having to wake-up in the morning was as pleasant as getting your tooth pulled. And, she didn’t care who knew it…

We all can potentially have a bad day now and again. Life is full of trials and tribulations and we’re warned in Scripture not to be surprised when they come our way (I Peter 4:12). But, no matter what happens in life, we don’t have to get up on the wrong side of the bed any day of the week, month, or year. Here’s how…

When we wake up in the morning, we need to immediately focus our attention on the Lord—worship Him for giving us another day, for putting breath in our bodies and air in our lungs, and for His presence that is yet in our room! This is just a start!

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah (Psalms 32:7, KJV).

When we start to focus our thoughts and words of praise to the Lord, and read His Word, we remember that God is our deliverer and the supplier of our every need (Philippians 4:19). As His children, we are safe under His protection!

Scripture tells us God will surround is with songs of deliverance. Every day, we will hear the sounds (songs) of rejoicing all around us. God’s creation was made to praise the Lord in one capacity or another, and everything sings of His greatness, thankfulness of redemption, and overall melodies of gladness.

The rhythm of praise to our Savior, the rhapsodies of peace, and the resonations of thankful tones will flood into our hearts, minds, and spirits. Those songs will put a smile on our face, joy in our spirit, and gladness in our hearts. When we become in tune with Him, we can’t possibly feel anything but right.

If you start your way out with Jesus every morning—praising Him and allowing Him to pour into you—I can guarantee you won’t ever wake up on the “wrong side of the bed” again. You’ll exit on the right side, the right way, and that is with Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Killing the Cycles of Defeat

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? (Galatians 4:8–9, KJV).

Humans are creatures of habit—we do the same things repeatedly. Even when we make mistakes in life, we have a tendency to make them again. Humanity’s repetition of falling short is well documented in Scripture, especially in the book of Judges. We can read about the Nation of Israel’s cycle of living for God, a gradual backslide into serving idols, and then a state of repentance and desire to seek for God.

Cycles of Defeat

Just like Nation of Israel, we endure these cycles in our life, cycles of defeat. We follow after conversations, attitudes, and actions we know won’t have a positive outcome. These cycles come from disobedience and ignorance. Our ignorance is not just a lack of knowledge, but knowing wrong and doing it anyway—ignoring the ensuring consequences.

With every cycle, there is a gradual tearing down of the spiritual wo/man inside of us. But, these cycles don’t just affect us. If we don’t break these cycles in our lives, they will be passed down to future generations (Exodus 20:4–5).

Killing the Cycle

God wants us to live above these cycles; to break them, and kill them until they no longer are a part of our lives. David, when facing the giant Goliath, didn’t stop at wounding him with a sling and a stone. He went over to the fallen giant and cut off his head with his own sword (I Samuel 17:51). We can’t carry around the “wounded giants” and cycles of defeat in our life. God has given us the victory over everything that can come against us in this life. We need to acknowledge who we are in God and that we our house will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

3 Spirits that Defeat Cycles of Defeat

Learning Spirit

If we don’t remember our past, we’ll be condemned to repeat it. If we listen to the Lord, we’ll escape enduring spiritual turmoil. We need to have a teachable spirit and allow God to speak truth into our lives and educate us how to overcome what we’re going through. Our first step is to learn of Jesus (Matthew 11:29–30) and to allow Him into our life. Our goal should be to have a life change; not just a momentary escape from a present situation. We can ask God for the wisdom to break our cycles and be an open vessel for God to pour into (James 1:5).

Doing Spirit

Just because we are educated in the Word doesn’t mean we know how to apply it. James told the church to be a doer of the Word and not just a hearer only (James 1:22). When we find out the right thing to do, we need to do it. If we know what to do, we should do it. And, if we already know what to do, and we’ve been doing it for a long time, we need to keep doing it. We can’t forget what we’ve learned and what we know is effective (James 1:24). If we know something’s wrong, we should stop doing it!

Holy Spirit

In our quest to break spiritual cycles of defeat, everything until this point has been what we can do. But, there is a part in breaking the cycle we need Jesus to take care of. We are too messed up most of the time to fix ourselves! If the cycle is really going to die, we need Jesus—the presence and infilling of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit needs to come into our lives to save us (John 3:15), because if we don’t have the Spirit, everything we do will be in our own flesh (John 3:6). Our fleshly actions will only product fleshly results, but if we have the Spirit of God, we’ll see supernatural results!

Breaking the Cycles

God has the power to change us today and to help us escape from our defeating cycles. Our first step is to trust Him and follow after His Word. When we surrender our lives up to Him, and our way of doing things, then we’ve put ourselves in a situation to see a miracle happen. We’ll see just how quickly those spiritual cycles will break and those chains will fall.

Adapted from Sunday Morning Service on August 14, 2016

Can I Get Some Service Please: Part II

Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Apostolic Pentecostal Church
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Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:6–8, KJV).

Last week, we learned how Jesus had the power to become more than what He was, but instead He chose to become less—He became a servant. If we are to be a servant in God’s kingdom we need to follow Jesus’ example, have the right motives, and allow servanthood to be a part of our everyday walk with the Lord.

Two Ways to Serve in God’s Kingdom

There are two ways to serve in God’s kingdom: 1) exercise our gifts and 2) filling gaps. Working for God may be in using our talents, abilities, and passions, but it also may be about filling in the gaps because work just needs to be done!

Exercise Our Gifts

God has placed abilities in each of our lives to fulfill a work in His kingdom. These abilities can come in the form of Spiritual Gifts, and other ways the Lord chooses to gift us. Once we identify our gifts, there are three places God wants us to use our gifts.

Three Places God Wants Us to Use Our Gifts

God wants everyone to use their gifts in an ongoing ministry. This is a ministry we have in the church that we work in on a regular basis. But, there is other work to be done within the church, so we should use our gifts to help with short-term projects. We might find ourselves lending our hand to VBS, Food Bank, or other areas we don’t normally spend a majority of our time. Lastly, we need to help in spontaneous situations. Our giftings come to help us help with the day-by-day work, making our ministry a lifestyle we live instead of a role to play, or a position to fill.

Spiritual Gifts

Understanding how we are gifted will help us become more effective in God’s kingdom. If we don’t understand our giftings, we can get frustrated with working in a ministry where we’re not gifted. Everyone will always have a primary place to serve and a secondary place to serve. The secondary places we serve are ways we help fill gaps in the church with our giftings.

Ministry is determined by several factors (I Corinthians 12:4–7), but God has put something in each of us to benefit His kingdom. We should exercise the SHAPE of our ministry.

SHAPE

S—Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts are not natural talents, or something we develop. But, God will develop certain gifts in us through the Holy Spirit inside of us—it’s supernatural workings in our life! Everyone is blessed with a particular Spiritual Gift that God has ordained (I Corinthians 12:7), and we might operate in one or more of the Spiritual Gifts listed in Scripture.

H—Heart

We have gifts in our life that are tied to passions God has instilled in our hearts. We can determine what we love to do or have a passion to do, and fulfill that ministry in God’s kingdom (Revelation 17:17). We could have a burden for orphans, young children, missions, etc. God will help us find ways to work in a ministry that helps us express this passion.

A—Abilities

God has also blessed each of us with the ability to do something. God can anoint us with the wisdom and/or skill to be able to do something in His kingdom that no one else knows how to do (Exodus 31:5–5). Our abilities can also be vocational skills that we can use to help the kingdom.

P—Personality

Our personality will map over into the different places of service in God’s kingdom. An introvert will not be outgoing and may not be best suited for a ministry in church greeting or a ministry that’s in the public eye of the church. But, God knows our spirit (I Corinthians 2:11) and will help us find the best fit in ministry that matches our temperament.

E—Experiences

We should examine our experiences and see how we’ve been shaped for ministry. We should look at our spiritual experiences. If we’re a babe in Christ, we may not be ready to work in a Sunday School ministry (Hebrews 5:12–14), but if we’re more seasoned, we can teach others God’s Word. We should look at our painful experiences. The trials and tribulations we’ve experienced in life will help us help others (II Corinthians 1:4). We should look at our educational experiences and hold fast to what we’ve learned (Proverbs 4:13). Lastly, we should look at overall ministry experiences. The roles we’ve played, placed we’ve worked, and jobs we’ve had in the church will help us. What we’re doing now for God’s kingdom may be shaping us for a ministry in the future.

God uses all of these factors to SHAPE us to serve. Our SHAPE will help us exercise our gifts but also to fill gaps in God’s kingdom. We must remember that service is not always about finding a way to always work in our giftings—we must also fill gaps. If God reveals a work to us, it’s most likely because God has given us the ability to meet it. Let Christ’s mind be in us today (Philippians 2:5). Let’s follow after His footsteps and serve!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 10, 2016

Your Spiritual Snapshot

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

It’s saddening how the media today focuses so much on appearances—pushing people to be thinner, more beautiful, more decorated, etc. Somehow, retailers all think they have a product or an idea of how to fix everyone’s image “problem.”

We’ve become so wrapped up in this mentality, many people are obsessed with diet and exercise, desiring to meet society’s standards of thin and beautiful. It’s a common occurrence to see pictures of people’s before-and-after shots on billboards lining the highway, commercials on TV, and on social media sites. The before-and-after shots of some individuals are hardly recognizable; the people look so different.

But, while diet and exercise can be good for the right reasons, we can’t be so engrossed in how we look based on standards the society dictates. And, we should be less fixated on our before-and-after pictures. Our spiritual image is much more important:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17, KJV).

When we decide to embrace God’s plan of salvation (repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost in accordance with Acts 2:38), He has promised to make us a new creature in Him. When we repent, the old version of us dies off, and we’re buried in a watery grave. When we arise, full of the Holy Ghost, we’ve risen into a new life in Jesus Christ.

If someone snapped a before-and-after picture of us during this process, we may not look very different. But, like the before-and-after dieting shots, after 3–6 months, we should see a remarkable difference. We should look very different.

Over time, God helps to change the way we look on the outside and the inside. He works on our spirit, heart, and mind. When His work is in progress in our life (it’s never complete), others will take notice that we are and look different:

  • We don’t conform to the pattern of the world (Romans 12:2)
  • We are different in our speech, dress, and conduct (I Timothy 2:9; 4:22)
  • We have joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8)
  • We allow the light of Jesus to shine through us (Matthew 5:16)
  • We wear holiness, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)

Our spiritual walk with God is all about maturity. As we build a strong relationship with Jesus, He will continue to mold and shape us into something that’s pleasing to Him.

Instead of capturing a before-and-after picture of the way we look on a diet, can we mentally do the same for our spiritual state? How did we look before our encounter with the Savior? How do we look today? Now the scary question…Do we look the same way we did the day He found us?

Let’s all take a moment today and complete a true and honest inventory of our spiritual reflection. If our spiritual before-and-after shots still look the same, we need to open ourselves up to allow God to change us.

Just like dieting, it’s never too late to start. Today is a great day to take your “before” shot in Christ. And, the best part? You don’t have to wait 3–6 months to start seeing a difference in yourself. Results can be immediate.

Man vs Wife Marriage Seminar

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Family Life Ministries is proud to announce our 2nd Marriage Seminar, MAN vs. WIFE. We had such a great response last year. God changed lives, healed marriages & continues to move in families. The seminar is going to be on September 2nd & 3rd, 2016 with Rev. Daniel Blash & his wife from St. Louis, Mo.

God has called Man & Wife to be joined together in marriage, but when the honeymoon is over & life gets tough… The question is asked… Are you willing to fight FOR your marriage?! Here at APC, we believe that EVERY marriage IS worth fighting for. During our time together, you will gain helpful insight & be given practical tools that will help you bring the marriage that you want within reach. God did not design us to love other peoples marriages & how great ‘theirs’ is… but God wants each & every person to have  their ‘own’ great marriage, a marriage that’s worth fighting for!

Registration is open NOW – Register on Eventbrite.

Please, come join us for a weekend away, right here at home!

Details

September 2nd @ 6:30pm & September 3rd @ 9:30am – 3:00pm

Seminar registration includes:

Friday & Saturday sessions

Friday night fellowship & refreshments

Saturday continental breakfast

Saturday lunch

We hope to see you there!

P.S…   Go to our Facebook page (APC Family Life Ministries) & take our quick survey on the 4 top areas that couples struggle with in their marriage!

Time of Refreshing

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Daydreaming about jumping into a body of cold water every hour? Considering dumping a bottle of water (or the contents of a water cooler) on your head regardless of the gawking stares from coworkers, classmates, family members, or confused onlookers?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, there is but one conclusion. It must be August, and it must be hot.

Every year during August we throw caution to the wind and do anything to keep cool. We salivate over TV commercials of people drinking Coca-Cola, with beads of condensation dripping down the sides of the bottle. In our temperature-ridden delirium, we find watching someone else enjoying a cold beverage even helps us cools off.

When we’re not daydreaming of ways to get cool in la-la land, we’re desperately trying to get our hot, little hands on pretty much any cold liquid. When we’re successful, the cold drink takes great, is our thirst-quencher, and is unbelievably refreshing.

Realistically, due to varying climates, modern inventions, and every-day conveniences, we have the ability to easily escape the hot and dry landscape of our physical realm. But, this doesn’t translate to our spiritual life.

Many of us are walking through a spiritual desert or are experiencing a spiritual drought. During these times, no amount of air conditioning, tub soaking, or cool liquid is going to satiate our thirst. Anything earthly can’t provide true refreshment.

But, we can be comforted in knowing there’s a heavenly solution to refresh any parched spirit:

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing… (Isaiah 28:11–12, KJV).

God sent us a Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost (John 14:26). All throughout Scripture, we see signs of believers being filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance (Acts 2:4). Isaiah prophesied about this experience, and called it our rest and our refreshing (Isaiah 28:11–12).

It’s not coincidental Jesus said: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38, KJV). Jesus was speaking of the Holy Ghost that would later be poured out on believers (John 7:39); He likened it to rivers of living water.

God has provided a refreshment greater any earthly beverage—the Holy Ghost. It’s the true refreshing; the living water of our spiritual life. No matter what we’re experiencing, all we have to do is tap into the presence of the Lord, and when the Holy Ghost washes over us, that becomes our time of refreshing.

If you are tired, worn out, dried up, falling apart, or anything in-between, all you need to do is to seek the refreshing God has in store for you! Acts 2:38 tells us how to receive the Holy Ghost, and once it’s in our lives, we can be refreshed by it anytime we want.

Today is your time of refreshing. Why don’t you step on in and get refreshed?