“I Can’t Feel God Anymore” — The Big Secret of EVERY Christian

Anonymous asked:

I go to church every sunday and I’m a very active member at church. But for the past month, I’ve been feeling so apathetic towards christianity. I just want to live my own life and I feel so apathetic. I try praying, doing devotionals and i really WANT to know God and have passion for him but i am feeling really dry. I feel empty. I feel nothing.. Is this normal? Or a sign that I am not fit to be a christian?

My dear wonderful honest friend:

I think this is probably the question I get the most from every young Christian out there.

You are not alone in this.  So please allow me the grace to set this straight.

1) Everyone goes through up-and-down seasons with God.

The Big Christian Secret is that everyone struggles with doubts, questions, confusion, and frustration.  If this is your first time experiencing dryness, then please know that just because you don’t feel God doesn’t make you a bad Christian.  It just makes you an honest one.  Welcome to the dark valley, the dry season, the desert, the drought.  Actually: welcome to the Christian life.  There’s nothing wrong with you that isn’t wrong with everyone else.

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Quote: Our Ideal

“Our ideal, our picture, our model, is Jesus Christ. We want to become like him. We want to be shaped and molded like him. We want to be a servant like he is a servant. We want to consider others better than ourselves as he considered others better than himself, despite the fact he was God. We want to live sacrificially. We want to give joyfully. We want to lay down our lives for the good of the glory of God.

“This is our self-ideal, and you will fall woefully short of it, and you will be aware that you fall woefully short of it on repeat. Yet the grace of God and the delight of God and the justification of God in Jesus Christ anchor our hearts in this place where guilt and shame don’t lead us to fear and anxiety, don’t lead us to anger and abuse, don’t lead us to lustful intent, but rather, has an ever-increasing joy in our Father who delights in us despite us, so that when we fall short, it will actually serve to stoke the fire of delight in God.”

— Matt Chandler