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BLOG: Are you spiritually stagnating?

Are you slogging through your Christian experience, desperate for real connection, but despairing that it’s even possible in such a hurried, distracted, crumbling world? Are you ready for something more? And would you believe me if I told you it’s a whole lot easier than you thought?

Because let me guess. God has come to seem distant and uninterested. You struggle to read the Bible because it’s hard to understand or possibly even boring (yes, it’s okay to admit this). You don’t pray as you’d like because your mind wanders and you grow distracted. Church leaves you feeling empty and the hypocrites gathered there leave you feeling angry. You’re discouraged from repenting and then falling again. You never truly feel forgiven anyway.

You haven’t written God off but you can’t figure out how to flip your spiritual button on.

If you glimpsed yourself in any of that, you are just one of many believers who have hit a wall. It could be that you’ve never recovered from an old hurt. Maybe you’ve lost someone and your grief has you bound. Or your fear of a future tragedy may have you distrustful of God.

Whatever has brought you here doesn’t have the power to hold you, unless you want it to. And for the sake of keeping things moving, I’m going to assume you don’t want it to. So let’s talk about that.

Here are 3 very basic steps to take today…

Your gratitude. Thank Him for EVERYTHING, including the trials that have shaped you. Thank Him for the desire to keep seeking Him out, even when it doesn’t feel easy. Thank Him for the promise that He accepts you where you are but doesn’t leave you there. Your guilt. Repentance is the key that unlocks the door between mortal man and His eternal God. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9) Confess your sins and He will strengthen you as you resolve to turn from them. This isn’t legalism, it’s grace. Because grace doesn’t free us from the law; it delivers us from the penalty of the law. Empty yourself of self and ask for the Spirit to fill you instead. Your life. It’s His anyway. He determines your next breath. Humbly accept that you’ve made a mess of things and slide out of the driver’s seat. Ask Him to make you willing, and then more willing, to give Him complete control of your life. Put your family, your finances, and your future all in His hands. You’ll shed a heavy burden just choosing to believe He works ALL things for good. Even the ones that hurt for a time. Listen for His quiet voice. Because as much as I’d love to tell you to stay on your knees all day, I know you can’t. But the beautiful truth is you don’t have to. God speaks to us in every moment, He counsels us in every decision, and He calls to us in every struggle. Prayer isn’t a posture it’s an attitude. It’s a habit. It’s a lifestyle that keeps us connected to the power that saves us from ourselves.



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