How To Get Weaker
Just what you always wanted to know, right? I have known and heard of a number of people who, when they retired, became couch potatoes. They somehow believed that the good life is doing nothing. The less they do the weaker they get and the weaker they get the less they do. They are on a very destructive merry-go-round. I also know some Christians who do the same thing spiritually. The less they do the weaker they become and the weaker they become the less they do. The spiritual merry-go-round is more destructive than the physical one. It harms them physically AND spiritually. It interferes with the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Even the most foolish of believers can usually notice it when their love, joy and peace are not happening. If they want to get those things started again, they need to know how.
John 4:31-34: In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Hebrews 5:14: But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Serving the Lord, doing what is right and being chastised by Him are spiritual nourishment and spiritual exercise. Not serving and not doing what is right will weaken believers and bring more and worse chastisement upon themselves. Waiting upon the Lord is doing something that will strengthen us.
Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
King David wisely prayed to the Lord for strength and we certainly need to. Prayer and the Word of God will strengthen us.
Psalms 119:28: My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
We also have God*s wonderful promise that He WILL strengthen us.
Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Psalms 51:12a: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; . . .
Nehemiah 8:10b: . . . the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Habitual sin can make unbelievers AND Christians stronger AGAINST THE LORD.
2 Peter 2:14: Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
When you are feeling bad spiritually and don*t know why, ask the Lord what He wants you to do and do it.