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Running on Empty: What is Burnout?

Some people do not know they are tired and keep going.  We who are like this need to stop and ask ourselves, "how are you doing?"  We need to care enough for ourselves that we ask the question and give an honest answer.  Then, we need to care enough for ourselves that we take care of ourselves.  This sounds so simple, yet many of us treat ourselves as slaves.  We might even have Bible verses to justify our mistreatment of ourselves.  We do need to, "take up our crosses", and die to self; but that does not mean neglect of self by not allowing rest and refreshment.

We actually need to develop a gracious relationship with our selves: our bodies, our souls, and our spirits; while at the same time, we do need to put the sinful nature to death.  Burnout is not the result of the later, but neglect of the former.

Websters Definition of BURNOUT: 1. a: exhaustion of physical or emotional strength usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.
The psychological marke…

Facng Burnout: Take Care of The Rest

Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.  Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. 
-Matthew 11:28-30

About a month ago, I began noticing that I had a certain level of fatigue in my psyche that was a signal that I needed a break, a vacation, or rest.  I scheduled some vacation time.

When we do not get our rest and do not go off-line and get recharged, we get burned out.  We also get burned out when we have big disappointments or big success.  These big things are energy drainers, and we get burned out if we do not have a sabbath or sabbatical.  The person who has a new child and the person who loses a loved one are both going to need to get their rest.  How we rest is important.

Have you felt super tired on Monday?  Have you ever had a vacation that left you unrefreshed?  Have you had an ending in your life that you could not get over or process or let go of and so you took …

Take authority

Look, I have given you authority to crush snakes and scorpions underfoot. I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you.  -Luke 10:19

When are you going to take authority?  Do Christians today take authority?  Do we even know what is means to take authority?  

What aboutdeliverance ministries in the church?Where are they or what happened to them?

We counsel. We do a lot of teaching. We disciple and mentor. We huddle and we coach.  We even have recovery groups and rehabilitation centers. But what happened to deliverance?  

Some Christian people have nagging sinful patterns that they can not get free from. But, what about deliverance?  When was the last time you had deliverance at your church?  Have you learned how to take authority?  Do we even know about authority, what it is and how to use it?

What if we have overlooked spiritual warfare as part of the normal Christian life?  What if we are mostly ignoring our enemies in the spiritual realm? I am aw…