How to get out from a rut?

Have you ever been stuck on a rut? In something you do, in your faith?

Its something wherein you are on a zone of confusion that you don’t know what to do with what you are called to do.

In skateboarding, being stuck in a rut is a chance for improvement. You have a trick where you want to nail so badly that it takes a lot of hours, or even days to master it. There are a lot to think about – foot placement, body movement, height of legs on the air just to tell a few.

But only the moment where you stop, rest your mind, flex the muscles of your feet and constantly trying to identify the causes stationary rather than moving that you’ll have clarity and eventually you’ll get the idea on how to get the trick done – in a much lesser time.

This also applies to our personal lives. As we walk in this world with our faith, we get bombarded by problems. Being a believer doesn’t exempt us from problems. We get to be the target of the world and its center of attack.

1 Peter 5:7 (give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.) reminds us that in spite from all circumstances that we currently have, there is Someone constant – that longs for us, seeks us, and awaits us. We tend to forget and loose focus. Being on stationary mode is when its most effective, to think and plan out. Psalm 46:10 (“Be still, and know that I am God!) never fails, for it gives the directive for an effective solution.

Quitting is a result of the constant movement without rest but getting back is the foundation of genuine faith. Romans 12:2 (Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.) says that through renewing of our minds, we can be again, get on track as what God has planned out for us.

There is nothing wrong with resting as long as you do not compromise what you believe in. Consistency will determine your identity in Jesus Christ. It separates the Right Nows and the Forevers.

As a believer, being stuck on a rut is challenge to rejoice for. It is a sign that we are tested, a sign that our faith must be purified, and a sign that we are still on track as God’s army. The problem is when we are not tested anymore, that means we conform with the world.

I have wondrous experiences and a share of challenges myself. There came a time where I forgot to expect challenges and got comfortable with Jesus Christ. I let my guard down and was attacked by concerns of this world. Bills, work, ministry, family, and getting money to support my concerns. It made me vulnerable and worry sat with me. I was on a rut. I was not performing as God intended me to do. I was exhausted and thought as a worthless servant. It was unbearable knowing I am a believer. I was looking at the mountain instead of how big my God was. But… I made a decision to stand up and fight, with the guidance of the church leaders who never gave up on me. God never gave up on me.

John 15:20 (..’A Slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you.) got me on my feet again and realized that I will be bombarded with problems. But the joy that gave me hope while I stood still, read His word and meditate on it was from – John 16:33 (I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”) and Matthew 28:20 (…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”). How cool is that? The assurance and guidance just right in the palm of our hands.

So, the next time you will face challenges – take a deep breath, stay still, stretch out, and look beyond. It ain’t over till its over. Philippians 1:6 (…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus). The key is to not loose focus.

Be consistent and be convicted. He never fails on giving us directions, its for us to identify that still small voice that directs to the correct path.

I never looked back when I knew and experienced Jesus Christ. There might be troubles but the joy during those times were incomparable.

I pray that all of us, in this journey will finish the good fight of faith and be welcomed as a good and faithful servant.

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