We all get stuck once in a while. Either we trip over temptation, or we just can’t break a bad habit. Maybe we can’t get motivated to be disciplined or we have a relationship we can’t seem to repair.
Think about your life and what area you would consider yourself stuck in.
You can’t get unstuck by yourself.
Take this frustration before God. Maybe you’ve come up with a step by step plan or you feel like you’ve tried everything. Sometimes plans work but then sometimes they don’t . Let go of the idea that it’s completely up to you to become free.
Surrender it to God. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you. (Psalm 55:22)
When you don’t have the strength, God will take over. This takes patience and trust in God. But he is faithful.
Sit in his presence. Read his Word. Remember his promises. Just because you are stuck doesn’t mean his promises aren’t true.
The Lord will fight for you! He longs to bring you blessing.
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)
Bring your situation to your friends. Ask for prayer. Be vulnerable. There will be people who might judge or tell you what worked for them. Be prepared for a lot of advice. Some of it might be wrong for you. But some of it might help you.
God works through our community of friends and family, so be listening for what God might tell you or what he can do for you through people.
There is an enemy at work here. Don’t lose hope! There are amazing things you will do when you are free! The enemy doesn’t want that!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
When we get frustrated with our circumstances we want to escape or numb ourselves. We can’t control our surroundings so we become bitter and angry. Whatever vice you are using to escape will not help you. Our way leads to weariness and emptiness but God’s ways leads to peace.
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. John 14:27
We are all stuck in different kinds of prisons ranging from being lazy to a drug addiction. There is not one way to become unstuck. It takes a collaboration of a willing humble heart and a strong able God.
If you want to become unstuck, something will need to change in your life. If we continue doing the same things, we will not move. You know what needs to change and maybe you’re scared. You might need to wait and be patient or you might need to take action. Pray and allow God to tell you what you need in your specific situation. God wants you free! And don’t forget:
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13