What is a slump? It can be defined as: sluggishness; lethargy; boredom; or stagnation. Do you ever feel like you’ve gotten into a spiritual slump and have just been treading water? We’re going to consider how to extricate ourselves from just such a slump.
Let’s look at the Bible:
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3:14-21)
I was taught that this passage makes an excellent basis for prayer for ourselves and loved ones. It’s also a great basis for prayer for spiritual disciples and spiritual children.
To get out of a slump, we need to pray this passage over ourselves. So what is it that we’re asking for? We’re asking God to give us:
- Strength in our inner man through the Holy Spirit, (Ps 18:32)
- Christ’s indwelling presence by faith, (1 Joh 4:13)
- A foundation in His love, (1 Joh 4:8)
- A deep comprehension of and experience of God’s perfect love, and
- The fullness of God alive within us. (Eph 4:13; Col 2:9)
We receive everything from God by grace through faith. Grace is God’s part and faith is our part of the process. When we are born again (saved), Christ makes His home in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we grow in our Christian walk, we study God’s word and obey it with joy and gladness. This kind of obedient life causes us to gradually come to know the love of God more fully and completely; and we become filled with the fullness of God. Love is the atmosphere in which God dwells, because GOD IS LOVE. (1 John 4:8)
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. (Joh 14:21)
As the verse above says, our obedience to God’s word demonstrates our love for God. And Jesus says that to such a person, He will manifest (reveal) Himself. This is what being filled with the fullness of God is all about. It will elevate you out of any slump anytime, and places you back in your seat in the heavenlies. (Eph 2:6) Blessings upon you!