Sometimes I cannot pray and I go to sleep with my spirit restless even though I love and trust the Lord. As much as I always share the good news; there are times when my spirit needs encouragement and for the life of me I look at the Bible and hesitate.
The same thing happens in all disciplines, we sometimes reach a point where we think we are gaining nothing from it. In martial arts circles, it's called a plateau and it can be very discouraging.
Do you mean apathy, or boredom, or the feeling of uselessness or what?
We're human, and yes sometimes there are those moments when any or all of those feelings occur.
What I've learned to do is to take those times as an opportunity to rest from the spiritual battle that experience tells me will inevitably come back to my door, take it as a kind of "quiet time" of being still and knowing He is God, instead of being discouraged. And to realize that God will always send encouragement to you at some point, whether by an event or through a person or however.
There are even times when I'm tempted to not Believe, even, when I see mine and others' humanity so clearly it's hard to see God. But God keeps reminding me of the Scriptural prayer "Lord, I believe. Lord, help my unbelief". And He always does!
Every Christian walks every day in the middle of that ongoing Spiritual battle. Take time to rest, because the Lord will always be with you, but never lay your Armor aside, because the devils will always try to make you fall.
Be encouraged, sister!
To the One who is able to keep us from falling, thank the Lord for His promise to never leave us or forsake us!
Amen, good to see you Brenda.
Thank you for your other kind words the other day, i believe you know which ones i mean.
And as for restlessness.. Goodness. I get tired of looking in the face of demons friend.
It can be hard in such an evil world without physical sight of the Lord.
But I try to remind myself of the rest that is waiting on me the day I see Jesus.
I'll pray for you.
You're welcome. Yes I know what you mean and thank you so much too! It's so good to know there are Believers like you who encourage me and others. You said it well, about how it's hard when we don't have physical sight of the Lord. But Faith kicks in, especially as I said when friends encourage us. I appreciate your prayers immensely!
I think the feeling is more uselessness. Seems like I am gaining nothing and my spirit is discouraged. I know that we all go through seasons in our walk with the Lord. I understand that perfectly. Yet I feel that the more steps I take toward maturity there is always a step backwards. I cannot express enough how much I love the Lord and trust him. But I feel as if I am missing something. There is something I am not getting.
Brenda, I am new here and this is my first forum post. I said a loud AMEN at the end of your post. Even as a pastor's wife I have times when I am weary and need spiritual rest. We should not forget that we are in a spiritual battle, as you said. I liked your suggestion to have quiet time, which is something that is comfortable for some and not for others--though I cherish it. It is in our silence and rest that we can hear the small, still voice of the Lord. Thank you for your insightful post and I look forward to reading more of your work and meeting more people in this forum.
Blessings to you~WriteLady (Theresa Hamilton)
A.K.A. "The Accidental Preacher's Wife"
Write Lady, (Theresa) your post is awesome; thank you and welcome to HubPages!
Of course I'd love it if you do read my work, and you'll find lots of other people and many Christian hubbers here whose insight and work you'll thoroughly enjoy.
"Accidental Preacher's Wife"?? That's a very interesting name right there! I'm gonna check your profile to see if you've said what that means, and if not, I'll have to wait for your hub on it, right? ha.
When doubt arrives, examine it with your full force of intellect, intuition, and self. Whatever the result, it will be the right one for you.
Sometimes faith becomes an excuse to not take action to solve problems for ourselves. Prayer, meditation and other forms of focus for the mind and spirit are important, but if you find yourself in a state of blah, frequently pulling your head out of the intangible and setting yourself to the task of identifying key places of dissatisfaction in life is the answer, not yet more prayer.
Pick one of those areas of dissatisfaction to work on first; plot out a plan to improve that item one step at a time; and then get going on achieving step one of that plan. You'll feel better the moment you take action to solve something. Build on that.
We were put on this earth to do more than gaze heavenward. We must DO good things, take physical action to solve our problems, not wait for guidance from outside ourselves. That guidance IS the feeling of blah. That is how you know you are supposed to be DOING something.
I think its blah a lot when we are focused on a Earthly problem or ones of free will in someone else and you just know that this is not a issue that God is all that concerned with in our lives but we are at times. Sometimes we just want to serve ourselves and not him and we fail to learn what we need to learn. This does not mean God does not care it often means we are not patient enough for his plan to work or have the ability to see the journey of the other individual that must be taken. Instead of learning poverty we are consumed by getting or seeking money. I accept it knowing this will change after I learn of what I need and understand the injustice of the World. It has motivated me to invest in my children and it has motivated them to prepare themselves at a moment in their lives they need to be most motivated. I use this as one of many examples and a understanding that most problems are human and Earthly issues and the sins of others are holding many sinless people back in life and until God deals with them that is where the problem is and it is not mine. In some instances its nothing more then individuals judging themselves because life includes this as well. The purpose of life is to spiritually mature and reach Heaven to attain salvation. When we stop learning and growing we become blah. Even church and studies reach a point that you stop learning because the application is not in that location in order to serve Gods purpose.
Thank you. You are right! There is something that I need to learn in this season of poverty. I know God knows all things and he allows things in this world to be. God did not create the evil and sins of man we have done that all on our own. Yet my feeling of uselessness comes from the more I try the more it seems as if it isn't doing any good. But I am learning to trust him in good and bad times. I love the Lord with all my heart and soul. I am not out to convince people of that, it just is. I will pray for spiritual insight and wisdom as I go through this season of change. I know God is in control and will work out everything to my good.
Almost every day, that's why I have to work harder to strengthen my faith.
RJ68 - You are not alone. This is one of the reasons Christians NEED each other, and now so much more as the time approaches. ENDURE till the end. I pray now for you and all others who are having this lapse, just like I do, that the Lord will strengthen and restore you.
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