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Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by SAVED4LIFE, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. SAVED4LIFE

    SAVED4LIFE New Member

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    I have been a christian for going on 3 years now and suddenly I've lost my "umph". I don't pray nearly as often as I used to and my behavior doesn't always reflect being a christian. I have prayed for God to help me, but sometimes it even seems as though my prayers aren't getting through. I need a good ZAP back into spirituality, but it's not happening and I'm not sure why this has happened or what I can do to get out of this RUT.

    I've even began wondering if maybe I'm one of those people who thought they were saved but isn't, but then again I think, if I wasn't saved, I wouldn't be under this conviction.

    Please, if anyone has gone through this, please tell me and advise me on how to get back where I need to be....I need to be growing, not sitting stagnate.
     
  2. mozier

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    I have found in my christian walk that the relationship with God is very much like a marriage.

    There are times when you really long after your spouse and can literally hang from the chandelier.

    Other times, marriage can be either dull or go into a "routine" mode.

    What needs to be realized is that such things are normal in any relation. Just as a marriage cannot always be hot and heavy, so neither is your relationship with God. It will go through times, even dry ones.

    What must always be kept in mind is that the glue that holds together a good marriage (commitment) is the same thing that will hold your relationship with the Lord. In prayer, as best as you can, admit to God that your are going through a dry spot and that even if you do not pray or feel all fuzzy like you used to, you do still love God and hold to his promise of salvation.

    Also, if you can, share all of this with a trusted christian friend from your community. You will be surprised that even he/she went through the exact same thing!

    And finally, don't doubt your salvation. It is just what the evil one needs to take you out of the game, so to speak.


    mozier
     
  3. word_digger

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    I think every, honest born again child of God has gone through this one time or another. It is part of the continuing sanctification process (lasts your entire life - the process, that is, not these valleys between the mountains). There is a reason, but it is a personal thing between you and the Lord. Wait for Him. He has not left you and He has His plan for you. Our biggest problem is we sometimes want everything on our time schedule. In the meantime, don't go by feelings. Trust Him and talk to Him. Anytime.

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  4. Matt Black

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    How old are you? I ask because when I was in my late 20s I went through a 'mid-life-faith crisis' and I've discovered that I am not unique by any means in this age group, ut there is light at the end of the tunnel; see for example,my post on the "20somethings leaving church" thread. Feel free to PM me if you want...

    Yours in Christ

    Matt
     
  5. SAVED4LIFE

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    I am 33 years old. I read the 20-somethings thread yesterday. I still go to church every Sunday and the sermons really convict me, but it's like by Monday or Tuesday I'm back into the same rut!
     
  6. Jailminister

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    If I may make a suggestion. Make Jesus the very center of your life. Let everything surround Him. Love Him more than anything including yourself. Satan is trying to defeat you, but he can not do so if you just get your flesh out of the way and live only for Christ. If you will do this then He will put everything else into place.
     
  7. Jim1999

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    Often when one goes through a dramatic conversion experience, there is a lot of emotion linked with the fact. One, you must establish the fact of scripture. Base what you have in Christ on fact. Emotion is a biproduct of that fact rather than the other way about.

    We all "feel" down from time to time. We all go through the "drudgery" of prayer from time to time. Change in one's routine is often a boost to one's faith experience.

    Develop a quiet time with God. A time when you not only talk with God and TELL Him what you want, but a time when you LISTEN to God and let Him tell you what He wants.

    Try reading the scripture devotionally rather than troubling about context and actual meaning; discover the spiritual direction revealed by the text. It should differ to serious study of the Word.

    Cheers, and God bless you,

    Jim
     
  8. Baptist in Richmond

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    May I PM you on this? I am very close in age to you and would love to offer some insight.
     
  9. Trotter

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    Saved4Life,

    Been there, and know the feeling.

    How is it between you and God? Not so much unconfessed sin, but what is the condition of your relationship? I ask because with me, when God began to nudge me in the direction He wanted me (Him calling me to preach), I pulled away. Not completely, but I put some distance between us.

    As far as what will it take to restore the "umph," well, that is between you and God. For me it was a radio program on Moody. Dr.Cole and his wife used to do a daily program where they were reading through the Bible and commenting on the people and places and events as they read through them. At the time they were reading through the life of David, and I became interested. The next thing I knew, I was really into God's word, and back in the arms of Jesus.

    I'd love to say that I've been there ever since, but I haven't. I've played prodigal a few times, and when I got tired of feeding on the husks, God welcomed me back with open arms and love.

    Don't give up. Whatever your feelings say, if your faith is in Him, you are His forever. He will never let go of you, no matter what your emotions will try to tell you. His love spans all time and space, yet He cares enough to number the very hairs upon your head. Keep that in your heart, and know that He is with you.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  10. Dr. Bob

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    Lots of false guilt floating around in our circles. We are suppposed to DO in order to feel like we are good Christians.

    When our spirits flag, we get pumped up on pulpit rhetoric or beat ourselves with guilt.

    Hey; He KNOWS OUR FRAME that we are dust. He made us and knows that our energy and enthusiasm is cyclical. A bow always strung loses its ability to launch arrows.

    So admit you are not God. Fall humbly on His grace - the same grace that saved you. Ask for faith to help your unbelief.

    What you've described is honest and open and I will pray for your sojourn through the dry places.
     
  11. SAVED4LIFE

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    May I PM you on this? I am very close in age to you and would love to offer some insight. </font>[/QUOTE]Sure!!!
     
  12. SAVED4LIFE

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    May I PM you on this? I am very close in age to you and would love to offer some insight. </font>[/QUOTE]sure!
     
  13. massdak

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    can massdak make a suggestion? i have bouts of depression at times, and the answer is always to stop focusing on self and focus directly to Jesus Christ our Lord. don't let feelings determine how you think things are going. read proverb 3-5/7
     
  14. Baptist in Richmond

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    I just love it when you refer to yourself in third person...... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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