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|Scripture for a Tired Spirit
by Norman Vincent Peale
Does what you read in the newspaper depress you? Are you dragged down by the economy and worry?
By memorizing Scripture from the Bible and holding God's word in your mind, your spirit will become refreshed. Use the passages below to help you during trying times.
WHEN YOU ARE TIRED
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. (Isaiah 40:29)
There is a difference between normal tiredness and that condition of deep fatigue where all your physical resources seem spent. First, believe that God is the source of all energy—in the sun, in plants and in people. Then try this renewal technique. Lie down and relax as best you can. As you repeat the above words from Isaiah, conceive of the Lord as sending through your body His strength and power until your spirit is renewed.
WHEN YOU FEEL UNLOVED
Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:16, 17)
Just as men wore armor In the old days to protect themselves from physical attack, you need spiritual armor today to guard yourself from the fiery darts of the hate and evil thoughts all about. The mind can be a battleground. See yourself as defending it with all your spiritual resources of faith and prayer.
WHEN YOU ARE GRIEVING
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though be were dead, yet shall be live. (John 11:25)
The death of a loved one can bring on a crippling sense of defeat and depression. It often causes the mourner to feel that life will never again be filled with happy, buoyant attitudes. But in a sense you are not true to the departed one if you do not face life again with spirit. The above words have a glorious message-Jesus Christ is alive and those who believe in Him live forever.
WHEN YOU ARE HURT BY GOSSIP
He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13-6)
If someone gossips about you, do not return evil for evil but pray for him. Do not harden your heart, but forgive him. As a means of building up your own inner defenses to slander, practice turning off your mind to the negative. Instead of thinking of what has been said about you, meditate on the positive way in which you can use conversation to God's glory.
WHEN YOU ARE ILL
The prayer of faith shall save the sick. . . . (James 5:15)
With all illness goes a certain amount of despondency which, in turn, can lead to lack of faith. The prayer of faith says, "I believe." Such a prayer will attune your mind to God and permit His healing forces to operate in you. Many sick people also find it helpful to focus their mind on Jesus when they pray, seeing Him going about Galilee healing every disease, believing that His restoring power is at work today.
WHEN YOU ARE UPSET
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son. (Rev. 21:7)
Low-spirited people often get that way not from one big trouble but from many small irritations-the pinpricks of life. Lacking a strong grip on God. they give m to these daily harassments. The secret of the above passage is to concentrate on the idea that you are a child of God. As God's child you will receive His strength to handle your weakness. With God's power, instead of being overcome, you can overcome.
WHEN YOU HAVE NO PEACE
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)
There is a great hunger for peace today. One answer is to seek peace from God and not from man. When God's peace enters our hearts, fear and distrust and violence depart.
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