Saturday, April 8, 2023

Overcoming Spiritual Apathy

 Intimate Relationship with God 

When we draw close to God, it is like connecting to a powerful spiritual Wi-Fi. The closer we are to the Source, the stronger our connection or signal becomes. I have experienced this firsthand; when I maintain an intimate relationship with God, my prophetic gifts and understanding of His will are increasingly clear. But when I become complacent or apathetic in my faith, I start to notice that my connection slowly weakens. I slowly find that I am not walking at the same level that I used to be when I was closer spiritually to God. Therefore, it is important to live with a purposeful intention to draw close to God. 

It is not enough to seek God's hand; we must seek His face with all our heart, soul and mind. When we diligently seek the Lord and desire true intimacy with Him, He will reward us with His presence and abundant blessings. As Jesus said in Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." 

Let us not be caught off guard by the cares of this world as if we are the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water. Instead, let us remain steadfast in our faith so that our connection to the divine Wi-Fi remains strong!

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Rekindling Our Faith in God

When we first give our lives to Christ, there is an intense passion and fire for God within us. We are filled with a sense of purpose and zeal that compels us to share our newfound faith with others. However, as time goes on, this initial fervor can fade into the background as the demands of daily life take over. We can find ourselves forgetting the joy we first experienced as we become bogged down in the mundane tasks of life.

The good news is that it's never too late to rekindle that spiritual flame. Just like any relationship, our connection with God requires effort and intentionality. We must actively seek out opportunities for prayer, worship, and fellowship with other believers in order to maintain a close relationship with Him.

By prioritizing time in His presence, we can tap into the same enthusiasm and joy that we felt when we first came to know Him. And when we do so consistently, we become more attuned to His voice and better equipped to carry out His will in our daily lives. So let us fan the flames of our faith today and every day, trusting in God's power to sustain us through all things.

Renewing Our Connection with God

Apathy is a natural human response to prolonged familiarity. When we become accustomed to something, no matter how good it may be, we tend to take it for granted and lose our initial enthusiasm. This phenomenon also applies to our relationship with God. After some time, we may find ourselves getting bored with the same old routines of prayer, worship, or reading the Bible.

However, apathy is not an excuse to neglect our spiritual life. Instead, it should serve as a wake-up call that we need to reignite our passion for God. We can do this by taking time to read the Bible, pray, and spend time in quiet reflection. We can also join a Bible study or small group, or reach out to mentor for guidance and support. Taking the initiative to engage with God will help us renew our relationship with Him and bring greater meaning back into our lives. 

Another effective way of overcoming apathy is by focusing on gratitude (Psalm 100:4). We should remind ourselves of all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us and express our thankfulness through prayer and worship. By actively seeking ways to renew our connection with God, we can prevent apathy from setting in and continue growing in faith.

Here are some relevant Bible passages to meditate on:

• "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2 KJV)

• "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV)

• "Therefore we are not discouraged; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV)


The Power of Setting Aside Time for Prayer, Worship, and Bible Reading

If we find that our relationship with God is fading, it is time to take proactive steps to rekindle that first love.  This may include forcing ourselves to set a timer on our alone time with God.  

Setting our watch or timer for prayer, worship, and bible reading is an essential part of getting back to being close to God. It helps us stay disciplined and focused on our spiritual growth amidst the chaos of everyday life. When we set aside specific times for these activities, we are more likely to prioritize them over other tasks that may seem urgent but are not as important.

Prayer is a powerful tool that connects us with God and allows us to communicate our thoughts and concerns with Him. Setting aside time for prayer helps us strengthen our relationship with Him, seek guidance from His word, and find comfort in His presence. Worshiping God through songs, hymns or praise enables us to acknowledge His greatness and express our adoration towards Him.

Bible reading is also crucial for spiritual growth as it provides insight into the nature of God, His will concerning us, and how we can live a fulfilling life in accordance with His plan. Setting aside time every day to read the Bible helps us gain wisdom from its teachings and apply them in our daily lives. Overall setting aside time for prayer, worship, and bible reading creates space where we can deepen our relationship with God while growing spiritually stronger each day.

Here are some relevant Bible passages to meditate on:

-   “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6)

-   “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)

-   “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Power of Uninterrupted Prayer

When we pray with a watch or timer in hand, our minds may tend to wander off and focus on the ticking seconds rather than on God. We become more concerned about keeping track of time, especially if we have other commitments to attend to later. The idea is to focus on seeking God.  When we allow ourselves to be immersed in prayer and fully surrender our hearts and minds to God, He shows up in ways beyond any measure of time.

God’s presence during prayer is an experience that cannot be quantified by any gadget or device. It is a moment where nothing else matters except for the connection between us and God. When we let go of our worries and distractions during prayer, we open ourselves up to receiving His peace, love, and guidance. These moments remind us that our relationship with God should always take priority over anything else.

When we prioritize spending time with God through prayer without any distractions  holding us back, it becomes an opportunity for us to grow closer to Him. The joy that comes from experiencing His presence easily eclipses any distraction that might threaten it. May we learn how to prioritize these quiet moments with Him above everything else so that He may lead us into deeper intimacy with Him each day.

Here are some relevant Bible passages to meditate on:

* “But when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6 KJV)

* “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (Psalm 37:7 KJV)

* “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8 KJV)

Regaining Our First Love with Jesus

Regaining our first love with Jesus is like finding the missing piece of a puzzle. When we are close to God, everything in life falls into place. We feel more at peace, more accomplished and surrounded by joy. Getting back to being close to God may feel daunting, but it’s not impossible.

I believe we regain our first love with Jesus through prayer, worship, reading the bible, and ministering to others.  Through prayer, we can ask for forgiveness for straying away from Him and ask for guidance on how to get closer again. Reading the Bible helps us understand His message better and apply it in our daily lives. Worshipping Him helps to restore our faith and trust in Him. Finally, ministering to others can help us remember how Jesus served and how we should do the same. 

Serving others is one of the best ways to show love as Jesus did when He walked on earth. By doing this, we also help ourselves become closer to Him as well.

Regaining our first love with Jesus takes effort and time but it’s worth it in every way possible. It brings us closer to Him and fills us up with peace that surpasses all understanding.

Here are some relevant Bible passages to meditate on:

-   “Yet I hold this against thee, that thou hast left thy first love.” (Revelation 2:4 KJV)

-   “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37 KJV)

-   “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

Balancing the Elements of a Vibrant Christian Life

As we strive to revive our original ardour for the Lord, we must ensure that all the elements of a vibrant Christian life remain in harmony. Prayer, worship, Bible study, fellowship and service are all essential components of a life devoted to God - and neglecting any one of them can diminish our spiritual vitality. Let us therefore seek to maintain a dynamic balance between these sacred practices, so that our faith may be ever renewed with passionate intensity.

- Prayer: Prayer is the natural response to God as we hear Him speak through His Word. It is sharing our heart with the One who longs for our companionship and who cares about our concerns. Prayer not only trains our hearts and minds to know the power and glory of God, but also turns His ear towards action in our lives.

- Worship: Worship is the expression of our love and reverence for God, both individually and corporately. Worship involves praising God for who He is and what He has done, as well as offering ourselves as living sacrifices to Him. Worship also prepares us to receive God's grace and truth in our lives.

- Bible study: Bible study is the means by which God reveals Himself to us through His written Word. It involves reading, meditating, memorizing and applying God's Word to our daily lives. Bible study helps us to grow in our knowledge of God and His will, as well as to equip us for every good work.

- Fellowship: Fellowship is the mutual edification and encouragement of God's people through interdependent and loving relationships. Fellowship involves sharing our lives, burdens, joys and gifts with one another, as well as exhorting and admonishing one another in love². Fellowship also reflects God's nature as a triune community of love.

- Service: Service is the demonstration of God's love and grace through our actions towards others. Service involves using our spiritual gifts, talents and resources to minister to the needs of others, both within and outside the church. Service also glorifies God and advances His kingdom on earth.

These elements of a vibrant Christian life are not isolated or independent from one another, but rather interrelated and interdependent. They form a holistic framework for living a life that pleases God and fulfills His purposes for us. By balancing these elements in our lives, we can experience the abundant life that Jesus promised us (John 10:10).


Spending time with God through prayer, worship, and reading the Bible is like a breath of fresh air for our souls. It’s like we’re tapping into a source of power and love that’s beyond anything we can imagine. As we dive deeper into His message and apply it in our daily lives, we start to see things in a whole new way. We start to understand what it means to truly love others as Jesus did when He walked on earth.

And here’s the best part - when we serve others, we’re not just showing love to them. We’re also drawing closer to Jesus ourselves. It’s like we’re walking in His footsteps and experiencing His love in a whole new way. Regaining our first love with Jesus takes effort and time, but it’s worth it in every way possible. It brings us closer to Him and fills us up with peace that surpasses all understanding

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