Have you ever felt stuck in your faith like nothing was changing and like you were going absolutely nowhere? I know I have, and I’ve actually felt like that more than once. The Bible tells us that there might be things we are doing or not doing that are keeping us from moving forward. So stick with me today as I share with you 3 mistakes keeping you stuck in your faith and the steps you can take to change it.
3 mistakes keeping you stuck in your faith
1. You might have offended someone
The first thing you should consider is whether or not you’ve offended someone.
Maybe you’ve done something or said something that has hurt or offended someone you know.
The Bible is very clear about how that affects our faith and then tells us exactly what steps we should take.
Matthew 5:23- 24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
These verses tell us there are some preparation steps we need to take before we go and worship God.
If you go to church on Sundays and they have a communion service, then on Saturday, you should take some time and pray to the Lord and ask him, whether you offended somebody.
Have you done or said something that has hurt somebody’s feelings? If the Lord says yes and even gives you a name, then scripture tells us that you must then put in the work to try and reconcile with that person, and then you can go worship.
That means you might need to make a call or write an email. Whatever that action is, you must take that step of reconciliation before then you go and worship God.
If you don’t, then that unforgiveness is like the elephant in the room and is a hindrance to your worship.
So to get unstuck, we must prioritize mending fences with people that we have offended.
2. Not Bringing something to The Lord in Prayer
I often want to do things on my own, but later realize it’s harder than I thought and I need the Lord’s help.
I do this all the time when planning projects. I have a million great ideas and I just start. And then a couple of days in or even a few weeks in and I realize that I haven’t actually prayed and asked the Lord whether or not He wants me to be working on this project and what I should really be focusing on.
The remedy for this is to depend on the Lord for everything we do.
I’m not saying that you need to ask the Lord what you’re going to have for breakfast, but I encourage you to spend some time and think of the different decisions you make throughout the day and pick a few that you then bring before the Lord before you do anything about it.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
The Bible tells us that when we seek wisdom from the Lord, He will give it to us. When we ask the Lord for direction, He will tell us which steps to take.
I’ll give you an example.
Currently, my middle daughter is having some learning difficulties and so we are praying about what school to send her to next year. We know the decision has to be made within the next couple of weeks and we just don’t know which one to pick.
So what we’re doing is we’re praying about it.
But at the same time, we are also seriously considering each option.
What does this look like? So, for example, there’s an open house at one of the schools that we’re interested in. So we’re going to go to the open house, and we will talk about the program, and see what sort of support they have in place and what we can expect from the teachers.
We’ve also talked to the principal at a different school about a different program that she’s qualified to go to learn more about that.
We’re not just waiting for God to give us direction, but we’re actively seeking information so that when we feel peace from the Lord, we’ve done our part and we have all the information.
I find that when we collect the information, it’s in those meetings, it’s in those discussions, it’s in the small things that the Lord may prompt you and tell us which school is the best fit.
It’s really easy to make those decisions without Him or to not invite Him in that decision-making.
But I find that it’s so much easier to bring the Lord. Ask him for guidance and then actively seek information so that you are making wise, biblical God LED decisions.
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3. You are putting too much stock in earthly things
I have a question for you. What takes up most of your time?
I ask because we all claim to be busy, but what will our efforts add up to when we realize that all material things will one day disappear? It puts everything else in perspective.
Matthew Chapter 5:19-20 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
These verses tell us we need to measure our wealth and other outcomes the way God does. This means we need to think about how our actions affect eternity, and if they don’t have any effect on eternity, then we need to seriously consider whether or not we should partake in those activities.
I can’t give you a list of things that will add to the Kingdom or things that won’t because everybody has a different opinion.
And I’ll give you an example.
A few years ago my husband was training for triathlons and one Christian asked him, why are you spending all your time training? Wouldn’t that time be better spent reading your Bible and serving the Lord?
Maybe that man was building treasure in heaven by reading his Bible and praying. But for my husband, the training was helping his mental health so that he could be a better husband, a better father, a better leader, and a better worker.
And so doing physical exercise was helping him be the man God called him to be.
So his activities didn’t necessarily have a direct effect on building the Kingdom, but they affected how well he was doing in building the Kingdom.
I hope you can see the connection that sometimes there isn’t a very clear cut. Well, this builds treasure in heaven and this doesn’t.
I’m not gonna tell you to do this, don’t do that. But I’m gonna go back to my earlier point. (praying about everything)
In everything you do, whether it’s extracurricular things or even service for the Lord; Bring those things before the Lord and ask God to direct you.
And while you’re doing those things, change your attitude so that you’re doing those things for the Lord.
And when you are doing that, then you are building things for eternity because you’re seeking God.
When we seek to know and do God’s will we are showing and expressing our love to Him.
So I want you just to take a minute and consider these three mistakes that we’ve gone through.
- Maybe you’ve offended somebody.
- or you’re not bringing things to the Lord in prayer.
- Maybe you’re putting too much stock in earthly things.
I encourage you to take some time to pray about those particular areas and seek the Lord and see what He brings back to you.
Maybe He’ll show you which specific thing is keeping you from having a closer relationship with him.
And when He shows you, it’s not enough to just know what is keeping you from getting unstuck, you have to then make that change.
So that means maybe asking a brother or sister in Christ for forgiveness. Maybe it’s starting to invite the Lord into the decisions that you’re making in your everyday life. Or it’s time to reprioritize things in your life because you’re putting too much activity and too much emphasis on the things of this world and not in heaven.
I hope that through this blog post, you’ve been able to gain a deeper understanding and insight into the practicality of the Christian faith in today’s world.
My goal is to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus and to use the Bible practically in your life. May the Lord bless and encourage you.