The Rest of The Way Posts

HO-HUM FAITH
4/18/2019 12:47:00 PM by: Leona Choy

Faith Fatigue is not necessarily Failed Faith or Lost Faith. Let's substitute the biblical term “lose heart.” We may still be holding firmly to our Christian beliefs. However, lukewarm faith, which God dislikes, may gradually set in when the journey of life gets long. Perhaps after we have been Christians a good while. God forbid that Ho-hum Faith overtakes us! The first flush of our initial Fresh Faith has paled. We develop a slow leak and become like a deflated balloon. Our high emotional spiritual experience may have slowly receded and we find ourselves flagging in our eagerness for spiritual matters.

In His message to the Church at Ephesus Jesus called Faith Fatigue “losing our first love” for Him. (Revelation 2:4). In the verses preceding, Jesus commended their perseverance and endurance, “...and you have not grown weary.” Fervent Faith is His expectation for each of us, and He gives us the Holy Spirit to enable us to live it out as our normal Christian life.

When our faith is fatigued and drooping, it may or may not immediately be evident to others because we are good at wearing camouflage. We blend in with a neutral background and no longer take a stand on issues that we previously defended with zeal. Weary, we drag our feet with Faith Fatigue. There are many facets to this kind of spiritual weariness including discouragement, loss, and the fluctuation of human emotions.

Being weary and being tired are not the same. Tiredness is generally thought of in a physical, bodily sense, as exhaustion from exertion or hard work. A hot shower, massaging our strained muscles, a hearty meal and a good night's sleep often take care of tiredness. On the other hand, to be weary is to be drained of one's energy and vitality through some kind of sustained effort, affliction or trial. Even the repetitive sameness of tedious responsibilities. Even doing good and serving the Lord may bring on Faith Fatigue. Perhaps we don't feel noticed, appreciated or applauded. “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9).

The feeling of weariness seems to seep down into our bones. It suggests a more serious condition, mental and spiritual debilitation. Being weary is somewhat closer to the root meaning of fatigue. The Bible has much to say about the weariness of Faith Fatigue. Key verses are Isaiah 40:28-31. “God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth doesn't faint neither is weary...even the youths shall faint and be weary...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, walk and not faint.”

In strict military protocol, soldiers have one another's backs and never leave a helpless fellow soldier behind on the battlefield. So we should look after each other when we see our buddy in Christ becoming weary, is fainting or wounded in the battle of life and in need of our rescue, our encouragement, instruction or comfort. That is the essence of “prophecy” as the New Testament explains it. (1 Cor. 14:3) The apostle Paul addresses early church believers, “It is my desire that you all prophesy.” The context is not prophecy in the prognostic sense. This is our loving mandate for caring for one another in the Household of Faith.

“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary” (Isaiah 50:4) How many weary and Faith Fatigued and losing-heart people may need me to speak a word to them with a loving embrace and a helping hand? Fellow soldiers should be able to count on each other to “have their backs” when they are in the front lines and have taken a hit of some spiritual or emotional or physical trouble. The enemy of our souls is plotting at all times to ambush us. We can't drop our guard. We need to keep on keeping on, to persevere through our periods of Faith Fatigue, to stay the course, to press on and obtain the crown of eternal life.

“Am I my brother's [or sister's] keeper?” Yes, of course! Especially those with long term Faith Fatigue. “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, 'Take courage, fear not. . .your God will come to save you'” (Isaiah 35: 3,4). Other Scripture versions translate “anxious heart” as: panicked, full of fear, discouraged, timid, afraid, fainthearted. And “energize the fainthearted, limp, weak, tired, trembling hands, drooping arms; steady the knees that give way, shaking, unsteady, tottering, rubbery knees.” This describes my peer group who physically experience hand tremors and knee replacements from long time weariness of running and walking tediously up hill on life's road.

Even more common disorders for the calendar-challenged are heart problems—among them “losing heart.” Both the Old and New Testaments use that term and translate it “become discouraged, give up, faint, and throw up our hands and walk off the job.” Throw in the towel, as it were.

In the circles of our influence and opportunity, let's “have the backs,” the aching, bent with age spiritual backs of long time Christian soldiers when they begin to sense their mortality and show symptoms of Faith Fatigue. Let's encourage them to say, as the Message Bible paraphrases it, “So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” (2 Cor. 4:16)

 


Comments

Dorothy From Danbury At 4/27/2019 7:42:38 AM

dear sal, you say it so well. ah gits weary and sick of tryin, ahm tired of living and skeered of dyin, but ole man river, he just keeps rollin along!

Mary Ellen Kubo From Alabama At 4/19/2019 6:31:58 PM

Thank you, dear Leona! Your words are timeless, always express deep insight and bring healing.

Mary Ellen Kubo From Alabama At 4/19/2019 6:31:57 PM

Thank you, dear Leona! Your words are timeless, always express deep insight and bring healing.

Mary Ellen king From Logansport in At 4/19/2019 4:22:52 PM

Oh dear Leona How dearly I appreciate and love you. I have not been very good st responding of late. I’m truly sorry. It seems as if every message you give “hits home”. This one especially. Thanks so much. Love and hugs. Me

Reply by: Leona Choy

You will always be my forever friend

The Rest of The Way


Previous Posts

“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
10/31/2019 2:38:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

WHO IS SHAKING MY TREE?
10/30/2019 5:06:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

WHO IS THE BOSS OF ME?
10/15/2019 10:37:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

LORD, MOVE MY MOUNTAIN!
10/13/2019 3:11:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

ANOTHER WAITING ROOM
10/11/2019 9:36:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

DON'T BE SHEEPISH
10/10/2019 12:33:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

THE VALUE OF SELF-TALK
9/28/2019 3:59:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

LASER PRAYER
9/27/2019 12:35:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
9/12/2019 1:39:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

CARRY ME, FATHER
9/5/2019 3:11:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

MY PERSONAL SPIRITUAL WORKOUT
9/4/2019 10:55:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
9/1/2019 12:08:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

Lessons from My Cup
8/20/2019 3:33:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

STRAW & THE CAMEL'S BACK
8/7/2019 12:38:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

BECOMING MORE "FRUITY"
7/10/2019 5:17:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS
7/3/2019 2:27:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

PITCHING IT RIGHT
6/30/2019 11:46:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP?”
6/25/2019 3:01:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

34580 and COUNTING
6/18/2019 2:11:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

MOUNTAINS AND MOLEHILLS
6/14/2019 9:54:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

CHEERLEADING
6/6/2019 9:52:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

HANDS ON THE PLOW
5/22/2019 11:38:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

WAITING FOR GRADUATION DAY
5/17/2019 3:46:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

I THINK BOOKS
5/13/2019 12:06:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

ONLY TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!
5/4/2019 8:35:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

HO-HUM FAITH
4/18/2019 12:47:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

BREATHTAKING THOUGHTS
4/7/2019 1:47:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

TOO MUCH ON MY PLATE?
3/31/2019 5:23:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

EARTH SUIT vs SPACE SUIT: Increasing Tension
3/4/2019 3:37:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

AVOIDING A SPIRITUAL "OOPS!"
3/1/2019 12:06:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

PURSUING WISDOM
2/19/2019 1:29:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

A THORNY MATTER
2/15/2019 10:42:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

A SOMEWHAT GRUMPY CHAT WITH GOD
2/12/2019 9:54:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

A FISH STORY
2/8/2019 3:40:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

LET'S EAT NOODLES TOGETHER!
1/21/2019 3:07:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

SATISFIED--A SECRET TO SHARE
1/11/2019 7:22:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

STILL RUNNING
12/29/2018 7:22:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

RESISTANCE TO ASSISTANCE
12/6/2018 5:17:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

CHALLENGE OF THE FOURTH QUARTER
11/26/2018 3:19:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

KEEPING A TRADITION
11/15/2018 9:14:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

PUBLISHING FUND PROGRESS
11/5/2018 8:58:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

"GOING STEADY" WITH MY "SUGAR CANE"
11/3/2018 2:02:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

A SHOUT-OUT FOR A NEW BUTTERFLY
10/31/2018 3:24:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

THANKSGIVING IN OCTOBER
10/7/2018 5:53:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

REPEAT OFFENDERS
9/30/2018 3:16:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

SHINING WHEN YOUR BATTERY IS LOW
9/21/2018 5:32:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

I DESERVE IT...DESERVE IT NOT....
9/13/2018 7:54:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
9/10/2018 12:35:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

WAITING FOR GOD'S DUE TIME
9/3/2018 7:29:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

STONES AND COVERUPS AND HOLY EARS
8/31/2018 10:44:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOES
8/29/2018 9:30:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY CELL TOWER
8/27/2018 3:47:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

REJUVENATION GOD'S WAY
8/17/2018 8:49:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

STUCK IN THE MUD?
8/13/2018 7:22:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
8/8/2018 2:07:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

WHEN'S A GOOD TIME TO "EXULT"?
7/30/2018 3:00:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

Survey For the Calendar-Challenged
7/25/2018 2:42:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

Destiny Decisions
7/19/2018 10:25:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

BEDROOM SLIPPERS OR HIKING BOOTS?
7/18/2018 10:44:00 AM  by: Leona Choy

Hurrah for the Prepper Bridesmaids!
7/13/2018 6:01:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
7/10/2018 5:35:00 PM  by: Leona Choy

BARNACLES
6/5/2018 2:01:00 PM  by: Leona Choy