Going to worship nights or Christian conferences are awesome! You leave feeling so connected and in tune with God. Often times this is known as a spiritual high. It’s called a high for a couple of reasons: 1) because you’re on top of a mountain in your spiritual walk, and 2) you can feel the presence of the Lord surrounding you.
So, what happens when we come off that spiritual high? What happens if we are feeling spiritually weak? What happens when we fall off the high mountain top into the valley of weakness?
Paul wrote two letters to the church in Thessalonica – called 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians. The church of Thessalonica was known, during the time the letter was written, for their persistent persecution. If you’ve ever been persecuted for your faith, you know it can either strengthen your faith causing you to feel like you’re on the mountain
Paul wrote to encourage the Thessalonians to be steadfast in their faith – urging them to not fall into the valley. In the final instructions of Paul’s first letter, he writes:
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
Paul reminds us that when we feel weakened or attacked in our faith, we need to go back to the basics: prayer, thanks and joy. I like to think that the three relate and build off one another.
If you’re feeling spiritually weak, first start with prayer. Prayer helps train our minds to take our spiritual battles to God – asking him to fight on our behalf. Often times, praying can begin to help us refocus that our fight is not again flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces.
Next, give thanks. This one can be difficult to do right from the start, but as we continue to pray, we will begin to become more grateful. We will see how God is answering those prayers and fighting our battles for us.
Finally, be joyful. Being joyful while being in the valley can be hard, but it often follows being prayerful and thankful. If we are steadfast in prayer and thanksgiving, then we will begin to focus on God instead of the current problem at hand; thus, allowing room for joy.
Ask yourself: am I in the valley? If I am spiritually weak, how am I reacting to that feeling?
Next time you’re feeling spiritually weak, remember to seek God in prayer, give thanksgiving for the things God has done and for the things you are believing him to do and rejoice in God’s faithfulness.
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