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“I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.
– Ezekiel 37:14

How has our nation become so dry in its devotion to God? The answer is simple—we have turned to other things for refreshment. We have tried to encourage ourselves without God. We have turned and walked in the opposite direction, searching for something new and thinking it will satisfy our needs. We fill the emptiness in our lives with people instead of God, and immediately they become like gods to us. Then, before we know it, they do something to disappoint us, and we immediately feel betrayed and defeated.

In a nation that has the greatest material advantages, we want more and expect to get it. We’re no longer satisfied with simple things. We have to have the latest flat-screen television. We have the newest computer, and it does more than we will ever use, and still we cry out for more. We have flashier cars and larger homes with walk-in closets and shelves filled with clothing we can’t even remember buying. We repaint rooms in our houses and purchase new furniture, and still we feel empty, alone, and in debt.

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Only God has can satisfy the deepest longing in our hearts. Sure, it’s fun to wear a new shirt and feel as though you are looking your best. God isn’t against this. In fact, He wants us to do well in this life. However, He wants us to love Him above all things. He gives good things to His children, but when the good things become objects of worship, we’re headed for trouble.

God will allow us to drift until we wake up and realize that our needs can’t be satisfied by anything or anyone other than God Himself. A new marriage or a new baby won’t relieve the pressure. Many times it only makes it worse.

You can stop the dryness in your life by telling the Lord what you’re facing and how you feel. He understands your needs, but He also knows that you will find true and lasting refreshment and hope only when you live your life for Him.

Check out more from Dr. Tony Evans @Tonyevans.org

 

About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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