b/t drought & sin.

Vs 13-14. 13When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

iii. If there is a drought in your life ..... if dryness has overtaken your r/s w/ Jesus, if the famine is beginning to eat into your soul & leave you empty – there’s a reason for it!

iv. One of the picts God gives of the blessed believer is your life like a flourishing green tree by the river bank.

v. When that river of God’s blessing / favour / presence begins to dry up you need to begin to ask – why?

vi. Paul speaks some fitting words to Christian when he says ....

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NKJV) 19Do not quench the Spirit.


# 2. The effects of drought.

Think about how this spiritual drought can affect you & what it might mean in your life.

A. A drought of sensing God’s presence & approval.

a. If you are going to survive & thrive as one of God’s people you need the ongoing sense of God’s presence & His approval.

i. Think about why people want to hear a prophetic word from God about th/s???

ii. One of the common references people make about their spiritual condition when they are struggling is the sense of being / feeling dry.

iii. It’s a simple reference that relates to experience ...... experiences that we’ve once known / had.

iv. Most of us can think back to & have reference points of times & seasons when we sensed what could best be described as ‘showers of blessing’.

v. Times when we’d wake up every morning & God would seem so near & real.

vi. But now we wake up every morning & God seems so far & distant from us – why? What has changed everything?

vii. These are the effects of spiritual drought!

b. The effects on our lives is so adequately captured by the Scriptures when it says ....

Leviticus 26:19 (NKJV) 19 ...... I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

i. One of the perishing signs of a born again believer is that you go through the ritual of r/s w/o enjoying the blessings of r/s.

ii. This is contrary to what God promises to us as His people!

Joel 2:23-24 (NKJV) 23 ........ rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. 24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.

iii. This isn’t just an image of agriculture ..... it’s an image of the blessings of our r/s w/ the Lord!


B. A drought of hearing from God.

a. When spiritual drought takes over what happens is that people cease to hear from God.

i. Instead