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Beating the Spiritual Blahs. Getting past coming to worship like a drive-up window. A Lack of Spiritual Fervor Can be Deadly. It’s commanded. Romans 12:11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. A Lack of Spiritual Fervor Can be Deadly. It’s commanded.

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beating the spiritual blahs

Beating the Spiritual Blahs

Getting past coming to worship like a drive-up window

a lack of spiritual fervor can be deadly
A Lack of Spiritual Fervor Can be Deadly
  • It’s commanded

Romans 12:11

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,serve the Lord.

a lack of spiritual fervor can be deadly1
A Lack of Spiritual Fervor Can be Deadly
  • It’s commanded

2. Lacking it makes Christ sick

Revelation 3:15-16

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

a lack of spiritual fervor can be deadly2
A Lack of Spiritual Fervor Can be Deadly
  • It’s commanded

2. Lacking it makes Christ sick

3. Lacking it makes our worship vain

Malachi 1:6-10

6 “… But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. …’ By saying that the Lord's table may be despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? … 9 … With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. 10 Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand.

we may need a diagnosis
We May Need a Diagnosis
  • Spiritual Depression?
  • Comes after a spiritual “high”
  • Post new-building syndrome
we may need a diagnosis1
We May Need a Diagnosis
  • Spiritual Depression?
  • Spiritual Doldrums?

Revelation 3:17

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

Were actually wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked

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1 Corinthians 10:12Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
we may need a diagnosis2
We May Need a Diagnosis
  • Spiritual Depression?
  • Spiritual Doldrums?
  • Spiritual Burnout?

Detachment, disenchantment?!?

Numbers 11:14-15

I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”

the way to spiritual health
The Way to Spiritual Health
  • A balanced diet

Romans 12:9-11

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,serve the Lord

  • Love others
the way to spiritual health1
The Way to Spiritual Health
  • A balanced diet

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

  • Love others
  • Look for joy, tribulation, and prayer times
the way to spiritual health2
The Way to Spiritual Health
  • A balanced diet

Romans 12:13

13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

  • Love others
  • Look for joy, tribulation, and prayer times
  • Put self behind serving others
the way to spiritual health3
The Way to Spiritual Health
  • A balanced diet

Romans 12:14-15

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

  • Love others
  • Look for joy, tribulation, and prayer times
  • Put self behind serving others
  • Work on a good attitude, find time for joy and for weeping
the way to spiritual health4
The Way to Spiritual Health
  • A balanced diet
  • Exercise

Revelation 3:18

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

  • Invigorates
  • Renews
  • Strengthens
the way to spiritual health5
The Way to Spiritual Health
  • A balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Changing Lifestyle
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Exodus 18:17-18
  • Moses' father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.
  • Numbers 11:16-17
  • Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel… and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. 17 … And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone.
the way to spiritual health6
The Way to Spiritual Health
  • A balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Changing Lifestyle
  • Schedules
  • Priorities
  • Rest breaks
it s just like our physical health
It’s Just Like Our Physical Health

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

  • Symptoms demand that we get tested

2. Diagnosis demands that we apply healing

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

3. Healing is summed up in mind renewal