Are you a struggling Christian? When I say struggling this could mean many things. Are you struggling in your Faith, Finances, Business, Marriage, Parenting, or just Life.
I used to be a struggling Christian. My struggles fell into all the categories above and some. Being a Christian is hard and we all have struggles especially struggles no one wants to talk about.
Every day I log onto Facebook only to see sad post after sad post of someone who is struggling. The posts usually read something like “Why God? Why? Why are you allowing this to happen?”
Ugh. I just want to comment and say “It isn’t God allowing anything to happen! It’s you!” But I don’t think that will go over well. Considering I am NOT one for drama so I just keep scrolling and sometimes I even hit unfollow. Sigh.
The only reason I even feel like I can say anything at all is because I have been in their shoes. It isn’t like I am trying to tell someone how to raise their kids when I have no kids. We all know those types of people. Just keeping it real.
So, how do you share the Good News when you see so many people suffering and struggling? Especially Christians; raised, new, and reborn. Well, you Do Something that’s what you do!
As I sat down to my laptop this morning to start working on this Blog I was surprised by a comment that was rather lengthy but oh so needed! You can read the post and the comment here.
This made me realize that when we are a struggling Christian there are 4 reasons why we are probably struggling. None of which have anything to do with what God is allowing to happen. But more to do with what we are allowing or aren’t allowing.
4 Reasons You Are Probably A Struggling Christian
- Not Doing Something –
We are all guilty of this. Something really bothers us yet we do nothing about it. We sit and cry to God and ask Him why he is allowing these things to happen.
If we would just take the time to wipe our tears away we would see that He is doing something. He made us! This song by Matthew West explains it better than I ever could.
If something is bothering you. Do something about it!
- Tithing –
My pastor once said you can tell if someone is Tithing faithfully by looking at their finances. You know I totally agree with him.
Tithing is something that some Christians don’t even want to talk to discuss. They get defensive and say things like Tithing is mentioned in the Old Testament or will argue that the Bible doesn’t say we should give 10%.
Here is an article on Tithing by CrossWalk.com that goes further into the topic on Tithing.
- Not Being In God’s Word or Church Regularly-
By not being consistent in God’s word or attending church regularly you are only hurting yourself. I hear people say things like “I don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.”
Umm… yeah you kind of do.
It so easy to slip and backslide in today’s world. Sometimes I feel like Satan and his minions are literally standing behind us waving their hands in front our eyes. Distracting us so we will slip.
However, the devil can’t make us do anything we don’t want to.
- Talking At God and Not With Him –
It so easy to talk at God. Truth is we all do it. When we ask God “why” we are talking at Him and not to Him. Some people especially religious folks believe you have to be in deep state of prayer to talk to God.
Prayer is absolutely something that should be a part of daily routine. However, conversations with God don’t have to stop there.
God loves us and wants to hold intimate conversations with us. It is, however, up to us to listen when He talks back.
My Own Personal Struggles
I used to be that Christian that sat around whining about things and not doing something. Of course that all changed when I started this Blog. I am now doing something.
As an introvert it is very hard for me to express my feelings about an issue without getting defensive or tongue tied. Instead I write my feelings out in a way that hopefully encourages others.
Tithing is something I feel like I can’t really say much about. I am a Tither and I will always give more when I can. However, I haven’t Tithed in 2 years!
If you don’t know my story , in 2014, I lost everything. By April of 2015 I turned my life over to God. I got back to work and Tithed faithfully.
My life took a turn for the better and many blessings came my way. Including a job, a good job, except I had to work every Sunday.
I was once told God won’t guide us towards a job that takes us away from Him.
This caused me to not be able to attend church. I taught Sunday school at the time and had to step down. Once I stopped attending church I stopped Tithing and I stopped being consistent with my daily Devotion and Bible Study.
I even began to talk at God instead of with God. By June of 2018 I found myself in Bankruptcy Court.
In no way am I saying this happened because I quit going to church, stopped talking to God, or quit Tithing.
My Bankruptcy story was simply a choice I made the previous years when I bought things I could NOT afford. It just happened to catch up with me during a time I chose a job over God.
Chose a job over God? That is basically what I did. Even though I made it clear I did not want to work every Sunday I did nothing about it.
Although in many ways this job has been a blessing. God can take something bad and use it for good. He allows us see the world in a totally different way when we allow Him to open our eyes and heart.
I am soon to be laid off and even though many of my co-workers are upset I am excited! This is my chance to go back to church which I miss so much!
If I could go back and change something I wouldn’t change a thing. Otherwise I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The person God has molded me into. The child of God who is no longer a Struggling Christian!
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