There are five major signs to warn us that we maybe spiritually dehydrated:
1) The Desire to seek counsel from those who are not saved:
We are encouraged in the word of God not to seek counsel from the ungodly as stated in Psalms 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Often times when we are being lead by our flesh (our desires) and not the spirit of God within us. We will begin to seek validation from those who are not in the will of God, causing us to avoiding wise counsel because we know it will not satisfy our desire to do what we know is against the Word of God.
2) Spiritual dryness and fruitlessness:
When our spiritual life begins to dry up, we no longer see fruit within our lives. We stop being effective in ministry and begin to shy away from the things of God. We no longer have a desire to go to church or to fellowship with the people or even pray and read the bible. When we start to notice the dryness in our spiritual life, we must look to God to replenish us. Read Ezekiel 37:1-14, God placed the power in us to live again.
3) A harden heart:
Everyone has experienced something bad happen to them at some point within their lives; which often times, if not careful can lead to a harden heart. Some results of a harden heart are bitterness, frustration, hateful and disconnecting ourselves from people. The Bible encourages us to “Harden not your heart…” in Psalms 95:8 KJV. God desires to remove our stony heart as stated in Ezekiel 36:26 KJV, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” If you find yourself in this situation pray that God changes your heart.
Spiritual dehydration may come in the form of sickness and as a result, our faith may shift from believing in God’s healing power to becoming hopeless in the situation. Remember God said in His word that, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” John 11:4 KJV. God wants to work miracles through us but we must be willing to have faith in Him and His Word.
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