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Summary: Ever feel like you are running on empty. God designed us for our joy to be full. Come to the seasons of refreshing... There is more.

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TANK UP? FILL IT UP? SEASONS OF REFRESHING...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

I. LIFE HAS A WAY OF DAMPERING, GOING STALE, DULLING, COOLING,

FORGETTING, COMPROMISING...

I forgot to fill up...

There was car that belonged to a little lady broke down at the Smiths Grove exit,

exit 38. The car just quit running. We talked, I asked her could she be out of gas?

She said no honey, I have gas.

I asked, she had been from Nashville to Lexington, from Lexington to Louisville,

from Louisville to Lexington and from Lexington to Smiths Grove...

she should have plenty of gas.

The gas gauge showed empty.I walked up the exit, to the gas station, rented a gas can,

got gas and came and poured it into her tank. The car started immediately.

She thanked me and offered to pay, I said help someone else in need.

Then sent her on the way.

Before she pulled out, I told her, don't try to drive to Nashville on that two gallons,

stop in Bowling Green and fill up.

You have to FILL UP EVERY NOW AND THEN...

II. GOD KNOWS HOW DRAINING LIFE CAN BE...

FILL UP --- THEN SOON EMPTY...

REFRESH:

TO ENLIVEN, RENEW --- NEW LIFE.

TO GIVE FIGOR

TO REVIVE, TO STIMULATE

VIGOR:

To give physical, mental, or emotional, SPIRITUAL EXHAUSTION strength...

Healthy growth or power...

III. BURN OUT OR BURN UP IS PART OF LIFE...

PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY EXHAUSTION IS A TATTLETAIL

OF WEAK DEVOTIONS AND POOR REST AND A LACK OF TRUST...

Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might

he increaseth strength.

[30] Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall

utterly fall:

[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.

IV. HOW DO DRAINS GET CLOGGED? LUKE WARM IS DANGEROUS...

There is a spirit of gradualness... LUKEWARM...

Lukewarm... indifferent, half=hearted

not enthusiastic, cool

Rev. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,

I will spue thee out of my mouth.

There was a great English Evangelist named HENRY MOREHOUSE.

Every he went REVIVAL FOLLOWED.

HE WAS IN LONDON AND HIS SERVICES SEEMINGLY TOUCHED NO ONE...

One day riding through town Morehouse saw a huge billboard that said:

COME HEAR HENRY MOREHOUSE THE GREATEST OF ALL BRITISH PREACHERS.

Henry said: NO WONDER THERE IS NO REVIVAL...

V. GOD CAN GRANT SEASONS OR TIMES OF REFRESHING...

TIMES WHEN WE ARE DESPERATE...

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,

when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

VI. GOD HAS SEASONS FOR THE WEARY... WORRIED AND TIRED...

Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the

weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

VII. GOD CAN RESTORE WHAT HAS BEEN TAKEN...

Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

for his name's sake.

Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten,

the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army

which I sent among you.

VIII. NO ONE WINS BY ACCIDENT... PREPARATION AND PLANNING PRODUCES

LUCK...

IX. REFRESHING AND JOY AND REJOICING OR PRAISE ARE KISSING COUSINS...

Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for

ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he

might be glorified.

X. YOUR HEALTH CAN BE A TEST AREA... GOD KNOWS ABOUT PHYSICALLY TIRED

CAN MAKE PHYSICALLY OR SPIRITUALLY SICK...

Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds,

saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying,

This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

THERE ARE TIMES THAT MEDICINE WILL NOT HELP...

Jeremiah 30:13There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up:

thou hast no healing medicines.

XI. A SAD DAY OF LACK... WE CAN WISH AND HOPE BUT WE NEED THE GOD'S

PLAN...

Deut. 28:67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even

thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith

thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

WE CAN GROW A RUN AWAY SPIRIT...

Psalm 55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away,

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