Spiritual renewal is something that we need to focus on a daily basis, Claude King has defined renewal as a divinely initiated work in which God restores spiritual vitality to His people as they pray, repent of their sin, and return to a holy, spirit-filled, and obedient love relationship with God. In order to experience spiritual renewal consider including the five aspects of R.E.N.E.W. as a daily exercise:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Spiritual Renewal: Repentance & Confession
Repentance is a turning around, a change in thinking and behaving. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin” (Ezekiel 18:30). Confession is agreeing with God about our sin and admitting it to God. Through repentance and confession we have forgiveness of our sin; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.
- Am I quick to recognize when I have sinned and agree with God in confession?
- Am I more grieved over how my sin has offended a holy God (repentance) than I am over the consequences that I have reaped for my sin (remorse)?
Spiritual Renewal: Engage God in Prayer
We should set aside time each day to engage with God in prayer. Mark 1:35, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Life Action Ministries defines prayer as the tool of God, given to the saints of God, through which the will of God is accomplished on earth as it is in heaven.
- Do I have regular, concentrated times of prayer, when I am alone with the Lord?
- Do I faithfully pray for the needs of my mate, children, and other family members?
- Do I pray specifically for those around me who are lost and in need of a Savior?
Spiritual Renewal: Nothing Else Before God
“Our God is a jealous God and has commanded that You shall have no other gods before me” Exodus 20:3. In the Greatest Commandment, Matthew 22:37, Jesus gives priority to this command, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” S.M. Zwemer makes a sobering statement about the lordship of Jesus Christ: “Unless Jesus is Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.” This is a challenge to all Christians to bring every area of our lives under the sovereign rule of Jesus Christ. In our lives there should be no rivalry for His throne.
- Have I completely surrendered to Jesus Christ as the Master and Lord of my life?
- Am I willing to sacrifice whatever God asks to see Him move in my life and church (time, convenience, comfort, reputation, pleasure, etc.)?
Spiritual Renewal: Encounter God’s Word
Is reading the Bible more of an obligation than a delightful time of communion with the Lord? When we encounter God’s Word we have an encounter with God Himself! “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8: 31-32.
- Do l love to read and meditate on the Word of God?
- Does my life change in response to what I read in the Bible?
Spiritual Renewal: Worship God
Worship is an encounter with the loving God that leads us to express our love, adoration, and reverence for Him. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name” Hebrews 13:15.
- Do I spend time each day sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to His Word and worshiping Him?
- Do I freely and regularly express my love, devotion, and praise to the Lord Jesus?
By practicing these disciplines each day we live out Romans 12:1-2: “I offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable which is my reasonable service, and I choose not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed into Your Image by the renewing of my mind, so that I can, then, prove in my actions what is the good, the acceptable and the perfect will of God.”
Devotion by Alan Folsom who serves as the Specialist for Church Administration Ministry for Georgia Baptists. The focus of his work is assisting churches in issues relating to properly administering the work and function of the church.