Resistance vs. Refreshing


It seems as though most people I have encountered lately have been under duress of some sort. All going uphill or downhill in some way, all feeling the weight of burden.

Friends, there is no question about the hurting world we're living in. No question about the burden that comes with living amongst the dying. Whether you feel the burden of life currently or have felt burdened in some way, I want to take a moment this week to point back to Jesus.

Power of prayer

The power of prayer is perhaps the most obvious but first-to-overlook element in our walk when demands get heavy. Simply put, prayer realigns our hearts with God’s. It does not need to be extravagant or thought through. Prayer is an intimate gift that was given as a means of having conversation with the Lord. He hears you. He knows you. Bring your needs before Him! Say them under your breath or shout them if you need to. I encourage you to watch and be refreshed as He moves through the power of your prayers.

“You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me.”
Psalms 139:3-5

Power of enlightenment

Enlightenment gives us revelation on God’s word and its power in our lives. Paul nails it on the head here:

“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.”
Ephesians 1:17-19

This scripture calls for a perception fix to happen in such a way that not only are our burdens lifted, but we are ENLIGHTENED at the goodness of God’s will for our lives. God has empowered us to be renewed through the process of enlightening. To become aware of our inheritance is perhaps one of the best ways to steward renewal in our minds.

Power of God’s presence

Finally, overall, God’s presence is infinite. His presence is the source from which all things have power and life. The place from which provision is outpoured. All things are immersed into light and subjected to His truth when brought into His presence. All burdens, all brokenness, every heart...nothing is an exception enough in itself to be separate from the divine power that is God’s presence.

“For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

I pray that these words meet you this week where you need it most. Should you be weighed down or finding yourself in an overwhelming season, I pray that the Lord imparts His grace and revival to you in a new way. May you be given the strength to press through and find enlightenment that comes from Him alone, and be given a joy that sweeps in and renews your heart. Press into His refreshing.

God is good and always good. He will not fail you nor is He out of reach. You will never be left alone, and as I can testify, there are many who have been burdened this season in some way. May you be reminded in the weeks to come that you don't need to walk or carry life on your own.

Question for the readers:

How about you? Have you experienced duress of any sort in this season? In what ways have you encountered God’s grace recently?

Anna Lise (Newton) Lillard, Co-Visionary of Exhale Women, calls Austin, Texas home with her husband and they are expecting their first baby in July. Her passion is to help her generation connect with the generations ahead and the ones behind, as well as cross lines of impossibilities with others through the power of prayer and HIS presence. She desires to help women connect to the heart of God. You can connect with her on Instagram @annaliselillard