10 Tips for Getting Spiritually Unstuck

Combining Bible study with a little cardio at the gym seemed like a terrific plan. Sadly, 10 minutes into the workout my mind was a million miles away. Have you ever let distraction, routine or maybe pride block your relationship with the Lord? I have.

I reached out to friends on social media and at church for help, and turns out, I’m not the only one who sometimes feels spiritually stuck.

10 Tips for Digging Out of a Spiritual Rut

1. Unplug.

Do whatever it takes, short of putting the kids up for adoption, to disconnect from noise and distractions. Waking before anyone else in your home is 99% guaranteed to help you hear from God.

2. Let somebody in.

Confess your situation to a trusted friend and ask for prayer. Give them permission to get in your business and ask you tough questions.

3. Shake things up.

Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result is insanity. Maybe it’s time for a change of location or a new study. Maybe it’s time to try hearing God’s Word instead of reading it. YouVersion offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, 700 languages, and an audio version of the Bible.

4. Be real.

Sin can short circuit your close connection with Jesus. Psalm 139:23-24 invites the Lord to search our hearts and reveal anything that separates us from Him. If sin is revealed, immediately confess it and ask for forgiveness. Pray for God’s strength to help you turn the other direction.

5. Step out.

Getting outside to walk, run, or hike is a phenomenal way to focus on the Lord and His creation.

6. Say thanks.

Psalm 100:4 reminds us to enter God’s presence with thanksgiving. Make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for, or post a “gratitude board” in your home for family and guests to write on.

7. Listen up.

Music, for many of us, is the quickest path to meaningful worship. If you’re going through a challenging season, tuning in to a podcast or cranking up some worship music can bring encouragement and direction.

8. Serve.

Serving is an excellent antidote for spiritual stagnation. Ask the Lord, “Please show me who I can bless today. Help me look outside myself!”

9. Go old school.

Are you ever distracted by your tablet or smartphone during your time with Jesus? You may want to go back to the book. Reading an actual Bible — one with pages and no charger — can help.

10. Have a conversation with Jesus.

Sit quietly with a blank journal and wait to hear from the Lord. Then record what you sense He is saying. You might want to ask questions. It is amazing how He will speak to us when we turn down the bass and the noise of life, and listen.

What is Communion and Why Do We Do It?

Have you ever wondered why Christians eat a small piece of bread and drink a sip of wine (or grape juice) in some church services?

You’re not alone.

For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice called communion, or depending on different church traditions, the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist.

Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus’ body and wine as a symbol for His blood. Yes, it sounds strange. But why do Christians talk about eating Jesus’ body and drinking His blood? Are we cannibals?

Where Did Communion Come From?

Jesus started the tradition of communion. He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make when He died for our sins on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Jesus called Himself “the bread of life,” which means that we’re nourished by Him, we survive because of Him, and He satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty (John 6:48-51). There’s a connection between our nearness to Jesus, believing in Him, and being fulfilled by Him (John 6:35).

The early Church celebrated Jesus by taking communion, sometimes every day (Acts 2:42-46). They saw that every time they gathered around a table to eat and drink, it was a chance to recognize Jesus and thank God for all He’s done.

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.’

– Luke 22:19

Reasons Not To Do Communion

Taking communion doesn’t make you a Christian. It doesn’t save your soul or get you to heaven.

God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we’re doing it. The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why He did it (1 Corinthians 11:27-31).

Why Christians Do Communion

It’s not about the bread and wine; it’s about the body and blood of Jesus.

It’s not about the ritual or the method; it’s about listening to Jesus and doing what He says.

Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration.

Communion celebrates the Gospel: Jesus was broken for us so that we can be fixed by Him.

Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God (1 Peter 3:18). It’s not about a ritual to revere, but a person to worship. Jesus is less concerned about the method of celebrating communion and more concerned that we celebrate it.

As often as we remember Jesus, we should celebrate Jesus.

Communion is important because it’s a command to remember. Jesus wants us to remember every time we taste bread and wine, and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. He gives us the physical food that we need to survive and the spiritual nourishment we need to keep taking next steps with Him.

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How To Spend Time With God

The phrase “quiet time” is tossed around causally in most Christian circles. But if you didn’t grow up in church, you’re probably wondering the same thing we’ve all wondered at some point: What does the phrase “quiet time” actually mean? And what does it practically look like to spend time with God?

Most of us hit the ground running each morning and go to bed exhausted later that night. We spend our days accomplishing tasks, big and small, that keep our families and lives in order. With busy schedules and instant access to the noise of social media, it’s pretty hard to find any type of quiet in our lives.

Spending time with God looks different for every person, but here are:

3 Essential Elements To Help Us Hear God’s Voice

1. The Bible

The Bible is the living, active word of God. It is how God most clearly speaks to people. Regardless of the season of life we are in (student, single, married, working, etc.), everyone can take their relationship with God to a deeper level by reading in the Bible. Think of it like a letter from God to you, explaining who He is, where you came from and who He’s made you to be.

Reading the Bible just 10 minutes a day, every day can change the rest of your days. If you’re not sure where to start, try an online Bible reading plan or study. A journal or notebook is a great way to write down verses in the Bible that speak to your heart so you can remember them later.

2. Prayer

Prayer is our direct connection to Jesus. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” As we pray, we share our worries, doubts and fears with Jesus, and we thank Him for all the good gifts in our lives. Prayer is a time to communicate honestly and sincerely with Jesus and give him honor and praise.

3. A Distraction-Free Environment

Jesus often had to leave town to get a few moments alone with His Heavenly Father (Luke 5:16). Thankfully, most of us don’t have to leave town to get alone.

Whatever it takes for us to have uninterrupted time with Jesus through prayer and Bible time, take the necessary steps to do it every day. Maybe that means going to bed a few minutes early, so we can get up before the rest of the house wakes. Or, maybe that means turning off the cell phones, iPads and TVs so we can focus on what God wants to say to us as we read the Bible.

Reading the Bible just 10 minutes a day, every day can change the rest of your days.

Spending time with God is simple, not mystical. But the impact it can make on your life as you do it consistently is greater and deeper than any other way you can spend your time. As we read the Bible with a sincere desire to understand, and pray in a place where we can focus and listen, we’ll hear God speak to us about what’s next in our lives.

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