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Summary: Need to be renewed, refreshed, re-energized? God can certainly do that!

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Be Renewed

OPEN: As strange as this may sound, LIFE has a way of sucking the LIFE out of us.

If you have faced any one (or more) of these situations in the past twelve months, it is quite possible (even likely) that you need to be renewed:

 Lost a loved one in the past 12 months



 Dealt with a recurring, nagging injury or illness

 Got fired from a job

 Got demoted

 Got promoted (but feel

overwhelmed)

 Had a setback in your finances

 Became dissatisfied with your

spiritual life

 Went through a divorce

 Started a new company

 Got a bad job review

 You’ve been unable to sleep at night

 You were betrayed by a close friend

 Felt withdrawn or isolated

 Been lied about and made fun of

 Had feelings of hopelessness about

the future

 You and your boyfriend (or girlfriend)

broke things off

 Have creditors calling left and right

 Have been unemployed for a lengthy

period of time

 Sustained problems with stress

 You and your spouse separated

 You can’t seem to find the right

person to date

 One of your kids had a severe injury

or sickness

 Bills have piled up with no clue how

you’re going to pay them

 Feeling low in energy, as if your

strength is zapped

 Your life has had so much pain that

you don’t even want to talk about it

 Eating issues (like anorexia, bulimia,

binging or purging)

 Just lacking the joy and enthusiasm

about life that you once had

If any (or several ) of these apply to you, then I am here today, not in my own power, but in the Power of God to offer you hope.

TITLE: Two weeks ago we started a new series. The first week was “Be the Bigger Person”, last week was “Be Thankful”, but today, I believe I am bringing the most important message of this series. Today’s message is entitled:

“Be Renewed”

EXPLAIN HOW TODAY’S SERVICE

WILL BE DIFFERENT

TEXT: I want us to look at two KEY scriptures today; then ask the power and presence of God to be present in this place today!

And my speech and my preaching were

not with persuasive words of human

wisdom, but in demonstration of the

Spirit and of power 1 Corinthians 2:4

The Message Bible says it this way ( 1 cor. 2:4):

I was unsure of how to go about this,

and felt totally inadequate—I was

scared to death, if you want the truth of

it—and so nothing I said could have

impressed you or anyone else. But the

Message came through anyway. God’s

Spirit and God’s power did it, which

made it clear that your life of faith is a

response to God’s power, not to some

fancy mental or emotional footwork by

me or anyone else.

In other words, if we are going to be renewed, it MUST be God that does it!!!

THAT is what I am praying for today!

One more scripture (God really, really got a hold of me through these scriptures and I hope He does the same thing in you):

Isaiah 40:28-31

Have you not known? Have you not

heard? The everlasting God, the

Lord, The Creator of the ends of the

earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His

understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak, And to

those who have no might He increases

strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be

weary, And the young men shall utterly

fall,

But those who wait on 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.

BACKGROUND ON THE BOOK OF

ISAIAH:

The book of Isaiah is divided into two parts. The first 39 chapters deal with impending judgment, and the second part deals with forgiveness and deliverance. The first 39 chapters deal with sin, but the last 27 chapters deal with a Savior — 66 chapters in all. Many people see Isaiah as a small Bible, for there are 39 chapters in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament — 66 books in all. The Old Testament often deals with the sin of the

people of Israel, and the New Testament deals with the Savior which came from Israel. There is a distinctly different tone and message beginning here in chapter 40.

Three Observations from this passage of scripture:

1. EveryoneGetsWearyatSome

Point!

Vs. 30 says

The Message Bible says

“Even the youths shall

faint and be weary”

“For even

young people tire and drop out”

STORY: I remember the first time I decided to run in an official 5k. It was in downtown Dallas. I sprinted the first 1⁄2 mile. Then......I fell to exhaustion.

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