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Guard Against Spiritual Fatigue
By Victoria Osteen - May 30, 2014

Have you ever fainted? I have. It's no fun. I don't know what happened while I was out. I lost time. That's what happens when a person faints spiritually, too. They don't know what has happened, and sadly, they lose time that they cannot get back.

Usually before a person faints, there are some signs. Maybe they get light-headed or start to get dizzy. They might start to sweat inexplicably. But before that, maybe they overlooked the fact that they were hungry or thirsty. Maybe there were other signs they ignored. We have to pay attention to what's happening in the natural, and we have to pay attention to what's happening spiritually.

Here are some signs that you are spiritually fatigued:

1. Everything seems to irritate you — your children, your husband, the dog. You feel like everyone is against you, and you are just frustrated all the time.

2. You develop an "I don't care" attitude. The truth is, we always care. What we mean is that "I'm exhausted and can't deal with that right now."

3. You doubt yourself and your ability. You second guess your decisions.

4. You have a lack of motivation and vision.

What can you do?

1. Worship! Thank God. Be grateful! It's easy to focus on what's wrong, but that will only bring you down. Focus on what's right and thank God for it! I bet there are a lot of people out there who would love to have your life!

2. Make sure you are getting rest and taking care of your health. There's a direct correlation between what's happening in the physical realm and what's happening in the spiritual realm. When you are bogged down in the natural, you can't hear God in the spiritual!

3. Be careful about what you take into your spirit through your eyes and ears. Garbage in, garbage out. Be careful about what you watch on TV. Fill your spirit with things that are uplifting. Meditate on the Word of God. Find one scripture that connects with your heart, write it down and memorize it.

4. Be sure to laugh! A merry heart does good like a medicine! Sometimes, you have to just laugh things off. God sits in the heavens and laughs, so we can laugh, too!

Remember, do what you can to guard yourself against spiritual fatigue. Keep yourself uplifted and encouraged so you can uplift and encourage others!

"Therefore we don't faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:16, WEB)

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