If you have ever gotten your vehicle stuck in the mud or snow, then you understand how difficult it can be to become unstuck. Sometimes you can work the automobile back and forth to get yourself free. But, other times it takes someone or something to push you to get you out.
Here are some ways to help you if you are spiritually stuck.
1. Be honest with yourself about your circumstances. Often times we want to paint a better picture of our situation than what is the reality. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
2. Be committed to spiritual growth. One of the reasons people become spiritually stuck is because there is no commitment to spiritually grow. Spiritual growth is intentional, not accidental. If we are not taking in God’s Word, then growth cannot happen. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation- if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2-3)
3. Be willing to seek encouragement. When your car is stuck, you require assistance. The same is true spiritually. The Bible tells us we are to encourage one another. Sometimes we are the ones who encourage, and sometimes we are the ones in need of encouragement. One easy way for this to happen is through Sunday School classes. It can also happen in one on one discipleships or mentoring relationships. But, you must be willing to seek encouragement. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up… (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
4. Be determined to let things take a back seat. It has been said that the most difficult word in the human language is NO. Often times we feel like we can do it all. What happens is we lose sight of our priorities. We begin to think that our children’s activities are the most important thing in life. We tell ourselves we will get to the spiritual nourishment we need later. Our jobs are needing our full attention at the moment, so we put everything else on hold. Both children’s/teenager’s activities and school work are important and so are our jobs. However, when they are our focus, we will always find ourselves stuck. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
5. Be open to change. No one likes change but a wet baby. That is certainly true. However, if change does not occur you will find yourself back in the same spot. Therefore, determine what must change. Your spiritual health must be your top priority. If not you and those whom you love will continue to struggle spiritually. So what must you change? I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
I pray you find encouragement today!