Do you ever think about what happened to the congregation of the christian church after Pentecost? Do you think they had that undying unending passion and zest for the Gospel and savior, years after the Holy Spirit descended? Maybe so, but the fact is, they still lived in a sinful world and they were still subject to human emotions, meaning they got sad, doubtful and maybe a little sluggish in their faith. The fact is, acceptance of christianity doesn’t mean we’ll never feel down or stagnant in our faith. A favorite quote of mine states: “christianity doesn’t mean the end of problems, but it means we know where to take them”.
I’ve been feeling stagnant in my faith. We’ve all experienced those ‘dry’ times when you’re not exactly moving backwards, but you’re not moving forward either. You’re just sluggishly moving through the motions of your faith without any real interest or enthusiasm. Granted, the early christians had the advantage of jumpstarting from the inspiring Pentecost that set the Holy Spirit aflame within, but that doesn’t mean they were without lax moments. Paul is forever encouraging the early church, motivating them in their faith encouraging them to hold fast and, above all, praise The Lord
(“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.1 Thess. 5:18).
The most important thing a christian can remember is to praise God unconditionally. When thinking about “praising God in all circumstances” we seem to jump to the tremulous times or moments of extreme hardship; though we must praise Him then to we often forget about the dull times, thinking they’re insignificant. New, as well as, seasoned christians can easily translate their lack of enthusiasm for a lack of faith. Don’t be deceived, these are calvary moments that can be used to draw us closer to God, in fact these are the times we and the Holy Spirit work the hardest, interceding on our behalf for Christ. These are the tests we as christians receive as a way to grown stronger in Christ, knowing that if we can make it through the dull times we can face whatever comes ahead with God beside us.
So as you can see, even in these stagnant, sluggish, valley times we’re still given a chance to grow in our relationship and faith in God.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:26-28 NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4 NIV)
by Nicole Dominuez