Strength

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Most of us want to do things for God, to be productive in service for His Kingdom. But, more than at any other time in history, Christians are suffering from burnout. They are too worn out to do one more thing. They have forgotten how to renew their strength in the Lord.

1. Read the following verses to identify problems that could cause a believer to become tired, run down, uninterested, and unenthused about serving the Lord. Explain in your own words.
  a) Exodus 20:8 and Mark 2:27
   
  b) Matthew 6:33 and Luke 12:31
   
  c) 2 Chronicles 20:17
   
  d) Hebrews 12:1
   
  e) 2 Corinthians 4:16
   

2. What might be other issues that could arise in the life of a Christian who has let his batteries run down, who is operating without renewed strength in the Lord?
(Thought question - answers will vary.)
 

3. Using the same verses, list things a believer who is suffering from burnout could do to get charged back up with the strength of the Lord?
  a) Exodus 20:8 and Mark 2:27
   
  b) Matthew 6:33 and Luke 12:31
   
  c) 2 Chronicles 20:17
   
  d) Hebrews 12:1
   
  e) 2 Corinthians 4:16
   

4. In addition, instead of having a pity party about how busy he is, or how tired she feels, a believer should ...
  (Psalm 103:1-2)

5. Instead of making excuses, what should be our constant state of mind? (Philippians 2:5)
 

6. The comparison of strength in the Lord to an eagle's strength would have had great meaning for the people of that time. The facts are, if an eagle is just flying from one feeding area to another, it flies about 20-30 miles per hour. However, when migrating, eagles seldom flap their wings. Instead, they use thermal updrafts to gain great altitude, and they soar in a long, descending glide, as you will see in the video, within which they can easily hit 50 to even 75 mph.

It has been estimated that eagles can see 3 to 4 times farther than humans and that they can see another eagle soaring nearly 50 miles away.

The eagle moults in his old age and renews his feathers, and with them, his youth. That’s why the psalmist said, “They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” The new feathers on their wings represented renewed strength in the Lord.

Who is the Only One Who has the power to transform the old, bored, tired, burnt out, overworked, under-driven, sin-filled men and women into young, excited, productive, powerful people with renewed strength?

 

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