Stuck in a rut?

John 15: (ESV) - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.


Definition of stagnant (Merriam Webster, 2021)

  1. not flowing in a current or stream

  2. not advancing or developing

Dear Stagnant,

I must preface this particular letter to you my dear brothers and sisters by warning that it may sting a little. I still love you though! This letter is not to condemn or judge anyone BUT being comfortable where you are or accepting just enough has and never will be satisfactory. Sometimes we need to face the harsh reality of our own actions or even idleness. Best believe the Holy Spirit has made me aware of this in my own personal life and I would be disobedient if I didn’t share this with you. Are we still cool? It’s all love no matter your answer!


Ask yourself, how am I reflecting the glory and nature of God in the condition I am currently (stagnant, unproductive, disobedient, rebellious, lazy, etc.)? Before you answer that question, seriously take a moment to reflect so that you can honestly answer this question. The recent prophecies and words of encouragement you’ve received are cool. I’m sure they came from sincere hearts but God is concerned with us producing good fruit. John 15:5-6 (ESV) says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.” If we’re not producing fruit, we’re essentially doing things our own way. When we do things our own way it causes us to be disobedient and miss the mark.


The scripture in Matthew 17:17 comes to mind but I encourage you to read verses 14 through 20. It makes me think about how unbelief can cause us to not produce fruit as we should or stop us from exercising the power and authority that God has given us. Even in the midst of the disciples being in the physical presence of Jesus Christ and witnessing all the miracles He did, there was still a measure of unbelief. Being stagnant and unproductive is us showing God that we don't trust Him enough to take that next step or there is something rooted in us that is a blockage/hindrance. I thank God that even in the midst of my mess ups there is hope! Now is the time to repent of laziness, excuses, unbelief, etc. and give God a fresh ‘Yes’ today! Don’t just say it from your lips but mean it from your heart!


Sincerely,

Jess


References

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Stagnant. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved April 5, 2021, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stagnant






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