Renewal in God

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Good morning.  I hope your Saturday has started out wonderful and will be a great day!

Renewal in God builds our strength and eliminates fear, distrust, and evil thoughts and words.  When I was a teenager, I thought I was in love with a young man who I had known since preschool.  I would get weak in the knees at a glance and I couldn’t think of anything or anyone but him all the time.  Doing homework was impossible.  Of course, my adoration for this boy was a concern for my parents, who did everything they could to keep us apart.  As you can probably guess that didn’t work.  This young man cheated on me with other girls, but I didn’t trust my parents who wanted to protect me.  I trusted the guy that hurt me.  I finally broke up with him and moved on to dating some other guys.  I still didn’t trust my parents.  If they liked a young man I was dating, I stopped dating him.  I did some things I am ashamed of now and wound up feeling bad about myself.    Later, I married a man who my parents didn’t like.  After a few months he was cheating on me.  I fought to hold the relationship together, but we were divorced two years later.  Well, I blamed everyone.  I moved away from God and my parents.  I didn’t want to live anymore.  I felt hopeless.

Have you ever experienced distrust?  Have you ever had evil thoughts that turned into evil words?  Have you ever wondered why everything is going wrong in your life?  Have you moved away from God?  When we move away from God we begin to experience distrust and fear.  Fear leads to resentment, which leads to anger.  First thing we know, we are having evil thoughts, which leads to evil words.  The good thing for me was God never left me.  I started renewing my relationship with God and my parents.  I placed all my hope in Him, and there was hope.  A friend set me up on a blind date with someone I probably would have never dated by choice.  Why?  I was stuck in a rut of foolish thoughts and fears. I felt hurt, weak, and not strong enough to stand on my own.   With this man I found true love and I have been with him since that day over 31 years ago. Now, we renew  our relationship with God separately and together as a couple.  We are very strong spiritually.

Renewal in God builds our strength and eliminates fear, distrust, and evil thoughts and words.  Isaiah 40:31 says “[t]hose who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”  You see when we focus on building our relationship strong with God first, and loving others as ourselves second according to the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39, we will renew our relationships with God and others without even realizing it.  We will become stronger without even knowing it.  I once had terrible social anxiety, and from time to time it still peaks it’s head out.   Let’s face it.  I was afraid of everything.  God fixed this anxiety for me.  One day I was telling a lady I had just met about my shyness in groups and my fear of public speaking, when a friend said “I don’t believe it.”  It occurred to me at that moment that while I was renewing my relationships with God and others, I became strong enough to soar like an eagle without even knowing it.

Do you want to spend your life in fear and distrust?  Does worry control your life?   If you are having worry, fear and distrust there must be something wrong.  These feelings are not what God wants for you.  Do you wish evil on others?  Even worse, do you speak evil?  Everyone gets caught up in these feelings and behaviors from time to time, but you have to turn to God in order to get things straightened out.  God’s word tells us in Isaiah 40:31 that when you renew your strength in God, you will not be faint or grow weary.  In fact, you will run  and soar like an eagle.  How do you do this?  You put your hope in God.

Our world is beautiful, but can sometimes present challenges.  Last night I was watching the news and I heard a heart wrenching story.  A man retired from the United States’ military turned his young son in for joining ISIS, killing a neighbor, and plotting to kill people at a concert.  While he seemed heartbroken, he didn’t seem to have fear, regret or evil thoughts.  How difficult it must have been for him to turn his son, who he loved with all his heart and who he had once hoped would follow in his own patriot footsteps, over to the police for a  punishment, which could very likely be death.  Are we strong enough?  Do we soar like eagles?  If we are to have the strength to stand up to evil in these types of situations, we have to put our hope in God.

Renewal in God builds our strength and eliminates fear, distrust, and evil thoughts and words. Today, renew your relationship with God.  God bless you.

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