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Given a choice, most people want fresh: fresh produce, fresh coffee, fresh air, fresh ideas, fresh perspective, fresh faith–it’s just better. But, freshness in your spiritual life doesn’t happen automatically or by accident; it has to be cultivated. Counterfeit pathways to internal freshness we desire are advertised all around us, yet the real thing only comes one way.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
The truth of this verse is simple but profound. Our minds must be renewed, and this renewal has a singular source. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength.” The freshness all of us long for, and the strength we need to pervade every area of our lives begins with being in the presence of God. Ask God to fill you with fresh faith, fresh passion, fresh enthusiasm, and fresh perspective, and then watch that freshness spill out into everything you do. Charles Spurgeon said it well when he wrote, “We should pray to God that we may do everything freshly.”
During this 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer, take time to wait on God and watch as He brings freshness into your life!
Romans 12:1-2 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Psalms 51:10-12 ESV
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.