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Two Common Ways People Stagnate Their Lives and How to Break Free

Dear Friend,

I believe that every believer desires growth and progress. Yet, many find themselves stuck in the same place, their dreams and aspirations overshadowed by stagnation. Of course, stagnation can manifest as a lack of personal or spiritual growth, feeling trapped in a routine, or a sense of unfulfillment. As Christians, we believe in a God who empowers us to live abundantly, but why, then, do we often find ourselves held back? 

Fear and Unbelief:

One of the primary reasons why people find themselves stagnant is fear and unbelief. Fear has a way of paralyzing us, preventing us from stepping into the unknown and embracing change. Whether it's fear of failure, fear of rejection, or fear of the future, these anxieties can hold us back from pursuing our God-given potential. To overcome these, we can start by acknowledging our fears, praying for strength and courage, and taking small steps towards our goals.

In the Bible, we encounter numerous instances of individuals who grappled with fear and unbelief, just like many of us do. From Moses, who doubted his ability to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, to Peter, who faltered in his faith while walking on water, these stories serve as a reminder that even the most faithful can struggle with doubt.

However, God calls us to trust Him wholeheartedly despite our fears and uncertainties. In Isaiah 41:10, He assures us, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." When we surrender our fears to God and place our trust in His promises, we can break free from the grip of stagnation and step boldly into the future He has prepared for us, knowing that He is always by our side.

Refusal to Transition:

Another common reason for stagnation is our refusal to transition. Change can be uncomfortable, requiring us to leave familiar patterns and embrace new opportunities. Yet, clinging to the past can hinder our growth and prevent us from moving forward in our journey with Christ. To embrace change, we can start by seeking new experiences, learning new skills, and being open to different perspectives.

In the Bible, we see examples of individuals who faced pivotal moments of transition. Abraham was called to leave his homeland and journey to a land God would show him. Ruth left her Moabite identity behind to follow Naomi and embrace the God of Israel. These transitions were not easy, but they ultimately led to greater blessings and fulfillment in their lives.

As Christians, we are called to embrace change as a means of growth and transformation. In Romans 12:2, we are urged, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." By allowing God to renew our minds and guide us through transition, we can break free from stagnation and step into the abundant life He has planned for us, filled with new opportunities for growth, fulfillment, and service in His kingdom.

Ultimately, stagnation is not the destiny of believers. Through faith, courage, and a willingness to embrace change, we can break free from the limitations that hold us back and experience the fullness of life God intends, which is often referred to as the abundant life. The abundant life is a life of purpose, joy, and fulfillment, where we are fully alive in our relationship with God and in service to others. 

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