Has your spiritual life hit a snag?
Let’s connect for a moment and take stock of our spiritual timeline. Your timeline might be mired with lots trials or maybe you have coasted for some time. We tend to think that our lives and our spiritual lives are two separate entities. But this is not true, they are both intertwined and can collide on a daily basis. Sometimes when we come against stiff challenges we cut off our spiritual life. If it continues we can end up in a wilderness that cuts off our faith and then ultimately, destroys our spiritual vigor.
Jesus knew what living in the wilderness felt like. He felt disconnected from God at times, especially at the cross. He was tempted a great deal but found a way to infuse His spiritual life by not giving up. Many of us experience the highs and lows of our spiritual journey. If you feel that your spiritual life is dry, we have suggestions to get you back on track to enjoy your spiritual life again.
OK, take a deep breath and think of the Creator by observing nature! When we slow down and look at the details of the leaves or how a breeze bends a single blade of grass, it helps us to slow down and to reconnect with God. Sometimes we need to pull away from our busy lives and just take a glimpse around us to understand that God is still there. Nature is one of God’s beautiful pieces of artwork and it can help your spiritual life by quieting a cluttered soul. God’s creative presence is shown to us on a daily basis in nature if we just pause and study.
Read the Word
Sometimes we need to encourage ourselves and we can do this by finding Scriptures that inspire us. We need to get down to the basics and find verses that explain how valuable we really are. For example, when we feel undervalued, it impacts our self-esteem and confidence. A part of you will just start giving up. This is a lie the enemy loves to deploy in our relationship with the Lord. For this reason, we need to read what God’s Word has to say about us. We know the classic Scripture in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” When in doubt, go back to the Word and know that you are cherished.
Ditch Negative Influences
Examine the areas of your life that are not helping you grow. If it is being around people who have a negative influence in your life, it may be time to reevaluate some of your relationships. Maybe you have bad habits that you need to break like cursing or like smoking. By being objective you will be able to see what sways you in a negative matter no matter what it is. If you are going to enjoy a fruitful spiritual life, things need to get pruned. Once you do this, you can start moving forward and enjoy your journey more.
Start giving thanks for everything that God has given you. There is a gift hidden in thanksgiving that will rejuvenate your faith life. We can find peace, endurance and a sense of freedom found in thanksgiving. It is through thanksgiving, that God works on our behalf. How? Well, it gets our minds off of ourselves and we relinquish our control. When you practice praising God, it removes the old and renews your mind with confidence. If you need help, start listening to praise music and other uplifting tunes to enjoy your spiritual walk.
Change Your Perspective
We tend to look at our lives through our own tainted lenses. No wonder why we are not enjoying a rich spiritual life! In every situation try something different by seeing it from God’s view instead of from our own vantage point. There is always a bigger picture and looking at it through Scripture can help you. But understand that we might never have the answers to all of our questions. Take peace in the fact that you are not isolated and that God knows what He is doing. When this happens, you will not only have a peace but a new perspective on things.
Goodness, have some fun! Go on a date or a trip with God. This can be going on a spiritual journey to Israel to visit sacred sites or just going to the beach to spend alone time with Him. If you are more ambitious throw a party with like-minded friends to share testimonies and just enjoy encouraging each other. Go to a worship service and to dinner afterward. The point is we need to stop being so serious all the time. When we chill out and actually enjoy being a believer, we might inspire others to do the same and reboot our spiritual life as well.
Some of us need to do soul searching to explore the reasons why we feel spiritually dry. It may take longer than we want it to, but pray that God would expose His plan to you. While you are waiting on Him, walk in faith and be determined to enjoy your spiritual life.
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