{This post is Part 3 of a series entitled, “Staying Connected: The Power of Prayer}

 

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I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.” {John 15:9}

Do you have something on your mind?

All of us have done and said and thought things that, later on in life, we learned were wrong. We repented, and grew, and changed.

But, sometimes, that old memory lingers, like an embarassing reminder of how we DON’T want to be. And it keeps us from being the child of God that God WANTS us to be.

Am I talking to myself?

In Revelation 12:10, we hear Satan referred to as “the accuser of our brethren, who accuses them before our God, day and night.” He tempts our bodies, minds and spirits, then demoralizes us when we fall to temptation, throwing our deeds, guilt and shame in our faces, trying to separate us from the Love of God.

But wait! We know that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” {Romans 8:38-39}. So what CAN separate us from the love of God?

The only thing NOT on the list: ourselves.

The Renewing Power of the Holy Spirit

Think of our beings as being two-part: the body of flesh (the “natural” man) and the spirit (the “spirit” man). We know we need to feed the natural man – our stomach growls and we get tired and cranky. Well, the spirit man needs to be fed, too. We need to be refilled daily with spiritual food, the Word of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit, to teach us, guide us, protect us and prepare us for each new day. Like a gasoline engine, we can only go so far on a single tank of gas without refueling. If we don’t refill, we run out of gas, and are left on our own power.  Which isn’t going to get us far.

When we let ourselves run out of spiritual gas, we also open ourselves up for different spirits to enter into the void: spirits of shame and guilt; spirits of addiction and substitution; spirits of despair and depression; spirits of unworthiness and loneliness. Spirits that break us down instead of lifting us up.

This is precisely what “accusation of the brethren” looks like.

 

Praying for Spiritual Renewal and Deliverance

God loves us with an everlasting love {Jeremiah 31:3} — a love that is so great that He took on human form, and sacrificed Himself to take away all of our sins. But our unfed spirit-man mind can play tricks on us, causing us to feel unloved and thereby separating us from the very source of all that can renew and refresh us.

When we pray, we reconnect with the Power Source and lay all of our needs and issues at His feet. We are reminded that we are weak without Him, but that His Love and His Power are there for us, if only we ask Him for them. We don’t feel small and insignificant in His Presence. Rather, we are like a little child climbing into his Father’s lap — protected, comforted and secure that we are okay.

Once we are able to tell Him how we are weak and how we need Him, we allow God to send His Holy Spirit to do some repairwork.

Take it to the Throne, Not the Phone – Pray for His Spirit!

If you need to be refreshed and renewed, why not start today?

O Gracious and Merciful God, I thank You that You are mindful of me, that You even consider me, remembering that I am just dust. I am sorry that I have stayed away from Your Love and Your Presence. I know that my Spirit Man hungers for You, and I come to You for refreshing and renewing. Take any spirits of loneliness, depression, unworthiness and accusation from me, and replace them with the Power of Your Holy Spirit.  Teach me daily and keep me safe and in Your love and care. In the Matchless Name of Your Son Jesus ~ Amen.

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