When God Disrupts Our Spiritual Slump

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Disruption is not a nuisance but a grace when God initiates it. Disciples who are stuck in a spiritual slump of degeneration cannot save themselves no matter how hard they try. They need a force outside of them, more powerful than them, to disrupt their degeneration. Only a rope of grace will save the stuck. The way God lovingly disrupted David’s degeneration is hope-inducing for slumping disciples.

Questions for Reflection:

  • Which slump starter is most likely to get you down on your worst days—past regrets, present sins, or future fears?
  • When and how has God sent a Nathan to divinely disrupt your degeneration and get you out of your slump? Did that Nathan come in the form of confrontation, discontentment, or disappointment? Or was it a sermon, Scripture, song, movie, dream, gift, book, or something else?
  • Reflect on the grace upon grace that God extended to David in 2 Samuel 12. In what ways do you relate to David’s experience of God’s grace?
  • Is extravagant grace more likely to become an excuse to sin more and love God less or a reason to sin less and love God more?

Prayer for Those in a Spiritual Slump

Lord, thank you for disrupting our degeneration with grace. You send Nathans to us like you did to David. We look back on our lives and see your grace upon grace everywhere. May your grace be for us like a tow truck that gets us out of the muddy rut. We recognize that we are hopelessly stuck in a spiritual slump without your grace. Amen.

Preview the first chapter of Overcoming Spiritual Slump here.

A spiritual slump can deepen not destroy us, if we grab onto the rope of God’s grace and hold on for dear life. It has been said, “the same sun that melts the wax also hardens the clay.” Exploring the life of the Bible’s King David, this book and video series presents a process for overcoming the slump so we reach our potential for a faithful, fruitful, and fulfilled life in Christ.

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Perfect for:

  • Christians embarrassed or ashamed of being in a spiritual slump
  • Church leaders needing a guide or content to lead congregants through spiritual depression
  • Anyone who yearns to be awakened to God’s love for them
  • Focused group trainings around spiritual slumps (videos sold separately)

In these pages you’ll:

  • Realize that God’s love for you is not contingent upon your spiritual condition
  • Overcome shame and stigma by discovering that many Christians experience times of spiritual apathy
  • Be encouraged to disclose your slump to people who can support you
  • Have language and tools not only to help you but to assist others in overcoming the spiritual slump
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Dr. Lenny Luchetti is Professor of Christian Ministry and Proclamation at Indiana Wesleyan Seminary. In addition to pastoring local churches, Lenny has enjoyed opportunities to preach at camps, colleges, and churches throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Romania. Lenny teaches courses and leads seminars for ministers on the topics of preaching, leadership, and spiritual formation.

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