What is spiritual dryness? When you’re spiritually dry, you may feel like you’re lacking that connection with God. Even when praying to God and listening to worship music, God may still feel like He is far away. You may lose that interest in prayer, worship, serving, going to church, reading your Bible, anything that involves living for God. You may spend up to two hours praying and praying, trying to even feel close to God but you can’t seem to feel His presence. You may also feel more enticed by the world. It becomes easier to satisfy the needs of your flesh instead of living for God.
Although it’s not a good thing at all, is normal for believers to feel spiritually dry. There are days when I feel dry. Sometimes I have more of an appetite to listen to secular music or watch ungodly movies with my family instead of serving God with my life. Sometimes my flesh cravings are much more enticing than being in the spirit. I know it’s unhealthy for my spiritual walk but the more I mature in God, the easier it becomes to resist those sinful desires.
If you’ve been feeling spiritually dry lately and want that deep spiritual connection with God back, this blog article is for you. I don’t know how many young women this post will minister unto. But I feel deep in my spirit that this article will minister to someone. I pray in Jesus’ mighty name that this post helps you out of your spiritual dryness and gets you back to God.
First it’s important to know how we become spiritually dry. We become spiritually dry when we stifle the Holy Spirit and when we spend too much time with the world and not enough time with God. When this happens, our spirit becomes thirsty. And when we resist that thirst, our spirits become dry. When we suppress the Holy Spirit by fulfilling our sinful desires of our flesh, we eventually lose that thirst for God. It is hard to resist our fleshy appetites. Very hard. But the more we serve God with our lives, the easier it becomes to hate sin (I wrote an article about this about a year ago. You can find it here.).
We must acknowledge our dryness and be honest with God about it. Psalms 69:29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. Let’s go deeper with this verse. The word ‘poor’ here isn’t referring to a material lack. It refers to being poor in spirit; lacking spiritual fulfillment. We can be spiritually dry when we are searching for God and cannot seem to find Him. Because of this, we may be sorrowful. We may think that God doesn’t care, that He doesn’t hear us, or that He has forgotten us. This is not true! God loves about us and cares about us so deeply. But when we go astray and leave God for the world, it may take longer to find Him when we seek Him. Especially if we’ve been astray for a while.
When we don’t satisfy the thirst of the Spirit, it becomes dry and parched. It becomes hard to seek God with our hearts. He may feel so far away. But rest assured that He is not. He is right there even when you don’t feel Him. But it may not feel that way because our spiritual awareness diminishes when we are dry.
Talk to God. Seek Him wholeheartedly even if it takes you hours (I’ve had to stay up extra hours really pressing to feel God near during my dry seasons!). It’s going to be hard to do this, I know. But we must let God hear our hearts. Let Him know every detail you possibly can. He wants our time and our intimacy.
We must REPENT! Spiritual dryness is cured first by repentance. We must genuinely come to God with a repentant heart, willing to gain more of Him and less of the world. Look at the verses right below to know why we must repent before we do anything else:
“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.”
“God detests the prayers
of a person who ignores the law.”
Every time we reject the Lord, we crucify Him all over again (read Hebrews 6:6)! If we just genuinely approach Him with a contrite spirit, God will take us back! He will always forgive us when we ask. Because of what He did for us, we have amazing grace. So repent, repent, repent!
Let’s give God thanks and praises! The Word says that giving thanks to God is a sacrifice that is more pleasing than animal sacrifices and burnt offerings (Psalm 50:13-14). This sacrifice of thanks symbolizes the peace offering that was made when Christ came down and offered Himself for us (Hebrews 13:15). It also symbolizes the peace we have because of Christ.
It is not always easy to give thanks to God in dry seasons. In fact, it can be plain hard! Especially when times are hard and all we want to do is complain. Some of us even get angry at God. But know that with God on our side, He will always show us things to be thankful for. So I dare you, if you are going through a dry, rough patch in our spiritual walk, ask God to give you a grateful and joyful spirit. Lift up your hands and give Him all the glory and see how this sacrifice fills your dry spirit and changes your circumstance!
We must recognize when our souls are thirsty for the Spirit.
“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” ~Psalm 63:1
The Holy Spirit will let you know when your spirit is hungry for God. You will just feel it. It’s that nudging you feel to worship God when you are driving. To have Bible study and prayer instead of doing movie night with your family because God has something He wants to tell you. To repent when you just feel spiritually unclean after that long day. When your spirit is dry, seek God like you were in the driest desert looking for water. If we don’t search for water while our bodies are dehydrating, we will more than likely die of thirst.
If we ignore our spiritual needs by shoving them off with worldly satisfaction, we backslide and lose that desire for God. It’s easy to satisfy the desires of our flesh because sometimes we just want to. It’s more comfortable that way, but being comfortable is dangerous in the eyes of God! The Holy Spirit wants us to do things that we as humans, may not always feel like doing. But the Holy Spirit always urges us to do the things we need to do such as watching that sermon on YouTube or giving Him praise. Remember that!
Living for God is not supposed to be comfortable! If our spiritual walk is comfortable, we’re not doing something right.
We must have thirst for the Lord! Without Him satisfying our thirst, we will be spiritually dehydrated. But God won’t let us go too far away from Him. The Holy Spirit always lets us know when we need to go back to Christ when we’ve spent too much time with the world. He nudges us when we get too far. But it’s up to us to recognize that nudge and ask for God’s strength to resist the sinful flesh. Remember that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will not force us to do the things He wants us to do. We must be led by that Spirit.
Stay saturated with the Word. “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” ~ Joshua 1:8
The word of God offers direction. The more time we spend in it, the more we hear God’s voice in our ear. If we consciously meditate on it day and night, we will be filled with the Spirit. Also in times of need and confusion, God will speak to us and bring what He taught us to our remembrance (John 14:26). So spend time in God’s presence and in His word daily. Keep your spirit fed!
Reminding ourselves that God is our joy, salvation, and provision.
“But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, “God is great!”
But as for me, I am poor and needy;
please hurry to my aid, O God.
You are my helper and my savior;
O Lord, do not delay.”
Stop looking to the world for joy and fulfillment! You will only find temporary satisfaction for your flesh that will leave your spirit dry. If you are not feeding your spirit when it’s thirsty and keeping it satisfied, we lose interest in Jesus and the Word. When the world gets too enticing and when it’s a struggle to stay in the Spirit (believe me, it’s a reeeaaaal struggle!), remember these scriptures:
“But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.” ~Ecclesiastes 2:11
“ Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” ~James 1:27
“You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” ~James 4:4-10
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” ~1 John 2:15-17
It’s so easy to satisfy the hunger of the flesh than that of the Spirit. But we must remember that what we want isn’t always what we need. The material things that we crave in this world–fancy designer clothing, expensive cars, money–will only end up being burned in fire when Jesus returns. We won’t be able to take any of our earthly possessions with us when we make it to Heaven. If we place our joy in vain material things and they end up getting lost in the fire, what else do we have? Where is our joy? That’s why we need to look to God for joy and fulfillment so we can have something eternal to look forward to!! God will fulfill our wants only when they align with His will and desire for our lives (1 John 5:14-15).
God is eternal. He ain’t going nowhere! God is crazy about you! He is just absolutely CRAZY about you!! His love is eternal. His joy is eternal. His wisdom and the life He gives are all eternal! Seek joy and fulfillment in Him constantly and your spirit will never run dry.
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” ~John 4:13-14
**BONUS! As I was writing this article, this song by William McDowell came on and (look at God!!) it reminded me of spiritual dryness. The lyrics were absolutely gorgeous. They speak about how God’s presence changes us so much that it is hard to go back to our old way of living. So God told me to share this song with you all. Whether or not you’ve heard it, it’s always an inspiring listen. (The following link will redirect you to YouTube)–William McDowell–I Won’t Go Back.
God bless you and thank you for reading,