• Keonna Shaw

Running on Empty? How to Recognize Spiritual Exhaustion

As I was assisting to prepare breakfast yesterday morning, suddenly I became weak and felt exhausted. Lately, I haven’t felt well, and I was on a decline. I had reached level E.


Exhaustion | noun

         1. A state of extreme physical or mental fatigue

         2. To drain of strength or energy, wear out

         3. To use up or consume completely

         4. To draw out all that is essential


I was exhausted and didn’t know why. Maybe late-night insomnia? Maybe my was iron low? I do have iron issues. So, I began to reevaluate the last few days. I evaluated my physical, mental and spiritual state.


I discovered I was exhausted.


Nothing can function effectively on empty, like when a vehicle is completely on E.

Just like a car, when the fuel is gone the car will not start. The fuel is necessary to start the engine.


Like so, when we are empty, we become inoperable. We can’t fully function in our calling, properly take care of ourselves, family, or others. You can’t move to the next level when you’re empty.


For each vehicle, gasoline is a necessity to keep the fuel pump in communication with the tank and engine. As believers’ persistent communication with God and reading his word is a necessity to stay spiritually anchored.


In conclusion, the reason for my exhaustion was anxiety which fuels a lack of disobedience to God. It's contrary to what He requires from us.  Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” AMP


Are you exhausted due to disobedience? What are you worrying about that God told you not to?

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