Here are six questions that can help you break out of your spiritual slump.
How Much Am I Praying?
One of our vital links to God is prayer and when we become silent in prayer, it seems God becomes silent in our lives. Being in a spiritual slump, the last thing you feel like doing is praying, but that’s exactly when you need to be praying the most. When you don’t feel like praying, pray immediately, because that may be a sign you’re in a spiritual slump.
How Often Do I Read the Bible?
If you’re stuck in a spiritual slump like a car being stuck in the mud, get out…and start reading the “Owner Manual” to life, the Bible. When we stay out of the Word of God, the Word of God stays out of mind, and when we don’t have Scriptures to feed on every day for our daily bread, we become famished from a lack of the Bread of Life.
What’s Keeping Me From Serving Others?
I have discovered that when I feel down or depressed, I need to serve someone or serve somewhere. That’s because it takes my mind off of my own problems and puts my focus on serving others. When you are serving others, you’ll find you have less time to think about your own problems. Those we serve often have it far worse than we do, so if you’re in a spiritual slump, ask yourself, “What keeps me from serving someone else?”
Am I Focusing on Self Too Much?
I heard one man call his self-focused pity party as “navel gazing.” In other words, all he was doing was focusing on his own needs and problems, but he discovered that this gave him no time to think of others, especially God. If you are focused too much on yourself, then you might find yourself falling into a spiritual slump, and that’s no place to be.
Am I Becoming Isolated?
If you find yourself in a spiritual slump, ask yourself, “Am I becoming isolated from the body of Christ, the church and from other Christians?” We are all sheep of the Good Shepherd, and sheep would do well to stay in the sheepfold of the fellowship of the saints. Whenever be cut ourselves off from other believers, we are stray sheep and strays are more vulnerable to attacks, especially considering that Satan goes about seeking whom he might devour (1st Pet 5:8). He looks for stragglers and those who are cut off from the sheepfold.
Am I Getting Enough Rest?
When Elijah was running for his life from the wicked Jezebel, he finally told God that he was finished and wanted God to take his life (1st Kings 19:4), but what he needed was rest, so “he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat” (1st Kings 19:5). After Elijah rested and ate for a while, “he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God” (1st Kings 19:8). Maybe all you need to do is rest, so ask yourself, “Am I getting enough rest?”
If you find yourself in a spiritual slump, ask yourself, how much am I praying; how much am I read the Word of God; what is keeping me from serving others; am I too self-focused; am I becoming or already are isolated from other believers; and am I getting enough rest?
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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