How easy is it to get into a spiritual rut? I think a lot of people would say it’s pretty easy. It’s so easy to just put your time with God on the back burner and leave it there for a while.
This can be so dangerous to Christians, though. The Bible calls us to abide in Christ. To live through Him and through His Word.
John 15:1-5 says,
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”John 15:1-5
Our human nature is to turn away from God and to be sinful. We have to use self-discipline and self-control in order to grow in God.
I know so many of us to have to force ourselves sometimes to do a devotion, listen to a sermon, or to even just pray!
When we get into these “spiritual rut’s” it can be easy for Satan to tempt us and cloud our minds. No one wants that. That’s why it is so important to force yourself and hold yourself accountable to daily or weekly scripture readings.
I feel like an athlete sometimes when it comes to diving into God’s Word. I have to train myself, discipline myself, and work towards the bigger goal. In the end, I will be stronger, wiser, and overall better because of it.
You can ask God to help you make His Word a priority. He wants to hear from you. Prayer is powerful.
2 Simple Ways to Get Out of a Spiritual Rut
Pin this for later…
1. Begin a Bible Study
Some things that have helped me when I’m in a spiritual rut is finding a really good bible study and committing to it.
I was in a rut for a few weeks and forced myself to do at least 20 minutes of bible study a day and I have felt so much better and my mindset is so much clearer.
It was so evident that when I don’t fill my mind with scripture, it starts to fill itself with worldly thoughts and mannerisms. I believe that God gives us clarity through scripture and it is such an amazing blessing to have it so easily disposed to us.
There are people around the world who are not as lucky as we are. The bible is banned in a lot of countries and I feel like American Christians take that for granted so much.
We are blessed to be able to have the bible at such an easy access. Don’t take it for granted!
2. Change Your Environment
Another thing that can help you get out of a spiritual rut is filtering out any negativity that may be surrounding you. Filling your ears with good things such as worship music, Christian podcasts, and daily sermons is a great way to keep your thoughts pure and holy.
Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and not discourage you. Get an accountability partner or join a small group at your church. These things can be so helpful and encouraging in our walk with Christ.
Philippians 4:8 says,
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”Philippians 4:8
Hearing God’s Word and spending time with Him is not only mind saving but soul healing. God can heal you, friend. He can heal your brokenness. He can heal your heart. Only through Him does true healing and happiness come.
Nothing in this world can ever make you as happy as our Lord does. He provides the ultimate happiness. He calls you to Him! Run to him, brothers and sisters. Run to Him!
If you have been in a spiritual rut, please know that you are not alone. Everyone goes through it and God is waiting for you. He is right there, holding your hand through whatever it is that you are going through.
All glory to Him; He is a wonderful God worthy of our eternal praise!