Five Signs of a Spiritual Freeze-Up

Can you detect the five signs of a spiritual freeze-up?

We can’t prevent the snow blanketing much of our country. Will winter never end? But a more serious condition can paralyze us. Can you recognize the five signs of a spiritual freeze-up?

1. Life Becomes Boring

Just like endless days of winter, we may choose to soothe our spirits with meaningless pursuits. We may feel boxed in by uncontrollable circumstances and try unsuccessfully to curb the new chill of boredom. Instead of tuning our spirits, we often turn to things that won’t last–even harmful habits that set us up for failure. Our spiritual growth begins to suffer.

2. We Question Our Purpose

Can one person really make a difference in this world? Reasons can turn to excuses, and doubts plague us constantly. We’re too tired or busy to pray, or God’s too busy to listen, right? Five years from now? We can’t even see beyond today. We no longer see others’ needs. The forecast predicts another Arctic cold wave, and our spiritual growth takes a nosedive.

3. We Listen to the Wrong Voices

“Why bother trying? Nothing seems to work. No one cares what we do, anyway. And others are far more talented than us. We’re not qualified. This pattern will never end. Why don’t we hang it up? Just quit.” Dust gathers on the shelf along with our Bibles. The temperature is dropping, but we can’t feel it. Spiritual growth is stagnant.

4. God Turns Up the Heat

God turns up the heat, but frost has formed on the edges of our hearts, and the thermostat drops lower. We grab a sweater, but it does no good. Our spiritual wardrobe is threadbare. The warmth of His Spirit hovers close, but we can no longer feel it. If we don’t act soon, the pipes may freeze. No spiritual growth.

5. We Ignore Help

God’s gentle nudges go unheeded. He calls, but we can no longer hear His voice. His pressure ramps up, but our hearts are numb. We’re too scared–or proud–to ask for help. Our spiritual growth has frozen, and only a miracle can thaw our spirits. We are iced in by a spiritual freeze-up. And we don’t know what to do. Sounds like a pretty bleak picture, doesn’t it? But the good news is, God still waits on the other side of that door:

Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me” (Revelations 3:20, TLB).

Spring Will Come Again! Only Jesus can keep life exciting and purposeful, even in the dead of winter doldrums. Give thanks daily that He hasn’t abandoned you (Psalm 37:28) and that He has a wonderful plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). Take time to listen to Jesus. He will always speak truth to you from His Word (John 17:17). Recognize the discipline and warnings Jesus gives you. Run to His open arms of love (Psalm 31:7).

It’s Your Turn

What about you? How do you keep your spiritual life growing and vital? How do you prevent a spiritual freeze-up? Share your comments below.

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4 Responses to “Five Signs of a Spiritual Freeze-Up”

  1. Jean on August 8th, 2015 12:35 pm

    So what does it mean being a Christian, and having a spiritual freeze up? Is this possible for this to happen to a Christian? Please do not use my last name if you do respond. Jean

  2. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 9th, 2015 6:01 pm

    Jean, if a believer keeps ignoring God in disobedience, it will be difficult to hear His voice or discern His will. But the Prodigal Son story in Luke 15 tells what can happen when one comes back to the Lord. God loves His children and does not want any to move away from Him. We all must stay on guard to keep our lives fresh and growing in Christ. As long as we follow Jesus, letting Him be Lord of our lives, we will keep growing, not freeze up.

  3. Greg on December 22nd, 2015 5:32 am

    Funny, I can relate to all of that list. Lately, I’ve been trying to change my ways for the better, and to do so, I’ve been researching, both on line and in the Bible, how to become closer to Christ. I was brought up a Catholic, but have always found it difficult, believing Jesus is watching over me….until last night when again, I was studying up/researching some more stuff (can’t remember what specifically) on Jesus, which included parts of the Bible as I’m still struggling with the getting close to God thing… when out of nowhere, for a second or two, I saw/imagined myself on a dirt road, following a man in a long white robe, walking about 10 feet in front and to the right of me. Yes, I believe this was Jesus’ way of telling me he’s with me, and I’m making progress -. It is His way of showing me I’m on the right track, and he’s close by, with me following him – much like one of his disciples would’ve in their travels from place to place. I’m very grateful for this image, and cherish it dearly.
    So if you believe you’re a long way from Christ, *as I did), it may be so, but if you put your mind and heart into it, and mist importantly, prayer, He will show Himself, that He is with you…it happened to me, and I never expected it to. Granted, it took a while, but it happened. Thank you Jesus for showing you are with me. Also, please hear my prayers for others who have posted on this site stories of how badly they and/or their loved ones are struggling. I know I need your help, please help those here who have cried out to you first. Thank you Lord.

  4. Dorothy Whitley on January 8th, 2017 6:37 pm

    Dear friend, I believe that we must Believe in God and His word at all times, even when it looks like He is gone faraway. Because His words says He will not forsake us or leave us alone, even when it looks like it, seem like He is gone. He will leave us and nothing can remove us ffrom His hands. But you must believe in Him, His promises and His word. Now you must tell God to restore your Soul. He restored David (King) soul many times. How do I do this? I sit in His presence as often I can and I cry out to Him. Why? because He will hear us when we call to him He will answer you. Fellowship with the believers for encouragement. Walk in His spirit and abide in His holy word. Ou soul must be anchored in The Lord our saviour. This a lifestyle you must adopt to. Keep praying and seeking God. Sister Dorothy Whitley

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