My Stagnant Faith is My Fault

Inside: Our faith isn’t an active faith and the reason is within ourselves. God is leading us but so often we want more vivid signs and clues. Maybe we need to break some habits to hear Him more clearly.

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I’m the problem. In a host of messes, I can honestly say it starts with me.

When I asked a handful of woman a couple weeks ago what they were struggling with, I got a lot of answers. Even though they were different answers, the overarching theme was the same.

When it comes to my faith, my identity causes a crisis. I am the hindrance to my growth as a Christian.

Could we unconsciously be derailing our faith?

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Why I don’t have an Active Faith

We ask God to grow our faith, make us bolder and stronger, but we become the roadblock. We want signs and signals, but we hurry past and miss God altogether.

Fear of change and risk keeps us on the sidelines, or even on the couch because we don’t want to step out in faith.

It’s safer watching from afar instead of participating, isn’t it?

What if we need to slow down and deal with ourselves before we see great growth in our lives? What if our choices every day are preventing maturation of faith?

This month I want to unpack the reasons why we cause our faith to stagnate.  Could these reasons, when used in the right way, actually spur growth?

We want to let our light shine, but if our batteries are low, or if they are in backward, the light isn’t going to come out.

If we cling to the past or think the worse, we can’t rise and shine for Jesus.

If you’re like me, I want to have extraordinary faith and firm belief in all circumstances. Fear has a tight grip on me lately. I’m afraid to trust, to really believe that God has my back.

Growth might not happen until I deal with me. Click To Tweet

Sometimes I need to break off the old before I can bring in the new.

Ugh! Doesn’t it sound like tough work? Painful work?

I don’t know if I’m up to the challenge. Are you?

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We challenge ourselves, in order to cling to Christ more securely.

Let’s dive in and see what parts of us keep us from a tighter relationship with God. What are we doing that keeps detouring our faith?

Ready, set, go!

15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress (1 Timothy 4:15, NLT).

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40 thoughts on “My Stagnant Faith is My Fault

  1. Julie- such wise words today!!! For me, it’s not speaking positive thoughts or spending enough time with Jesus. I find that when I dig deep into his word and pray and seek Him, the more my faith is put into action. I just don’t know who people make it in this life without Him!!!

    1. Shannon- so good to see you!
      I don’t know how people do either, life is messy and scary. We know the God of the universe is behind us, we got the power! Knowing that can get us through some pretty hard circumstances.

      Have a good weekend!
      Julie

  2. Ooo I’m excited to see what is in store for us here! It took a long time for me to figure out that I was the one hindering my growth in Christ. Oh how I wish I could’ve seen it earlier. God, I pray You would give us revelation.

    1. Kelly- I’m my worst enemy when it comes to my faith. God prompted me to write this series, because I’m struggling in faith growth. He led me to see it’s me. Satan doesn’t have to do much work, because I am already hindering it.
      Thanks for stopping!
      Julie

  3. This is an eye-opening statement: “GROWTH MIGHT NOT HAPPEN UNTIL I DEAL WITH ME. ” I deal with this constantly and I’m getting better, but I need to DO better. So glad to have stopped by today. Enjoy your holiday weekend, my sweet sister friend. <3

    1. Crystal- thank you! It’s intentional slowing down, isn’t it? I know even if its a quick breath prayer in the car while driving to and from activities, He is ready to usher me into His arms.
      We have an awesome God!
      Julie

  4. Man oh man this is so true! God doesn’t hold us back or stop us from spiritual growth. We get in our own way. I look forward to all you have to share with us!

  5. I was telling my kids just this morning how important it is to listen for God – read, pray, be open to how He is talking to us. But in order to do that we have to take the time to listen.

  6. We all know what stagnant water does…it makes us sick! This is exactly why we need the Living Water of Christ to flow continually through us! I always say a rut is a grave with both ends open. When we tap into the power of who Jesus says we are there is no stopping us in what we can do because we have unlimited potential. I’m looking forward to this series 🙂

  7. It’s so easy to get sidetracked by the world and even by good and godly pursuits, we forget the true measure of our faith. Then we get in our own way. We forget the sacrifice that was made for us and that the work is already finished.

  8. Just recently I’ve had to make a huge leap of faith in moving churches – it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, because we loved the church we were at – it was the church we had dreamed of for many years – but we felt God moving us on. Redeploying us. Since we’ve made the move it feels as though something inside has come alive again and I am renewed in hope and excitement!
    Sometimes it’s hard to trust that God really wants the best for us, or that we’ve heard from him accurately, but as we keep walking by faith he fills in the gaps to overflowing!

  9. I remember reading a question in Loura Story’s “When God doesn’t Fix It” that made this real… “What if God is more concerned with our spiritual growth than our physical comfort?” We may say we want to grow… but it is harder than we expect.

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