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Summary: Drought is an ongoing reality where we live, something we've learned to live with & something we've gotten used to. But the thought of drought in our land got me thinking about the reality of personal, spiritual drought.

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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 of the spiritual showers of God’s presence & His word showering our lives we no longer hear the voice of God.

ii. This is what God promised the people in the days of the prophet Amos ....

Amos 8:11 (NKJV) 11“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD.

b. Think about that ..... a famine of hearing the words of God!

i. You can be sitting in the same service where others are hearing from God / being fed / refreshed blessed ..... but famine is stopping you from hearing from God!

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