Keeping Your Faith Alive Though the Doldrums and the Droughts

How do you keep your walk with God alive, vibrant and on fire during those times of life boredwhen it feels like you are just going through the motions?

For me it feels like the hardest time to walk with God is when everything is just OK.  When there are no highs or lows and God is not actively talking to you or lifting you up, that is when it is easy to stray.  So how do we avoid this?

Start by taking an honest look at your life and ask yourself three questions: 1) Are you influencing those around you (in a positive, godly way) or are they influencing you?  2) Are you being spiritually minded or carnally minded (Romans 8:5-6)?  3) Are there any unconfessed sins in your life?

As you answer these questions (honestly!) you may start to see why your spiritual life is not flourishing.  God may well use spiritually low times to test, strengthen, or prepare us for challenges or blessings that he has planned for you.  But those times may also be self-imposed because of sin or because you have been choosing worldly, carnal things over spiritual, godly things.

So how do you break out of the doldrums?  Here are some suggestions that may work:

  • sailConfess your sins and repent.
  • Get into the word.  Read your Bible daily. Joshua 1:8
  • Pray and spend some alone time with God.  Don’t forget to thank and praise Him even in the low times.
  • Get involved with other men.  Start discipling someone, or find someone that you look up to who will pour into a discipleship relationship with you. Get involved in some small groups.  Get to know some of the other men in your church.  You can’t do this alone! Proverbs 27:17
  • Have a plan for your life.  Whatever form that plan takes make sure you are being spiritually minded, not carnally minded.  Be focused on doing all things for God (Colossians 3:23-24) and trust in God for everything (Proverbs 3:5-7).
  • Get out and do something!  Actions speak louder than words and God has called you to take action for Him.  Get out and put your plan into action.  Love others as God first loved you (sounds so easy right!).  You don’t get to be a closet christian who has his ticket to heaven and then just sits back and watches the world go by.  (James 2:14-26)
  • And finally, expect God to show up BIG!  This is the God of the universe, who created everything and then died for you so that you could be with Him for eternity.  Don’t sell Him short and don’t think for a second that he isn’t going to work in you life if you are actively seeking Him.  He might not show up in the way you were hoping or expecting (in fact I can almost guarantee that He won’t!), but He will show up perfectly!

A quick thought for the day…

Here is something for you to think about today:  sin is not just doing bad things, it is not doing good.

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”  James 4:17

When that opportunity arrises to do something good for someone, take it!  Don’t make excuses for why you can’t, because they just might be excuses for why you are sinning against God.

Something to think about while you work…

Here is a quick thought to get you thinking of higher things while you slave away today.

After the fall of man in the Garden, God told Adam and Eve that now they would have to work, sweat and toil all the days of their life to survive (Gen 3:17-19).  “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thes 3:10) Because we sinned we now have to work hard for what we have.  Before that, God provided everything and all we had to do was enjoy it and enjoy Him.

So now that we have to work, what does God tell us about work?  He tells us that the work we do should not be for the things of the world but for His glory.  Yes, the work we do provides money for us to buy clothes, food, a home, and lots of other stuff.  But the primary responsibility that we have is to work for our heavenly Father, to do His will, and to give Him glory.

“Then they (the disciples) asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’  Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.'”

That goes a little above and beyond clocking in everyday just to get a paycheck!  The physical work that we do each day is a byproduct of sin; the real work is believing in and following Christ.

God commands us to do His work and to do it in such a way that others notice that we are working for Him.  “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that you daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

Don’t be one of those people who depend on welfare or some other program to provide for you.  Get up and get to work!  And don’t think for a second that God does not see and know all the work that you do for Him; “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Heb 6:10)

Have fun at work today!