3 Reasons Why We Spiritually Stall

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Have you ever had a car stall? Putt, putt, putt, and dead stop.

In my younger days, I drove many relics that taught me enough mechanical jargon to make an amateur diagnosis of a stall: overheating, no electrical juice, or simply running out of gas.

Sometimes, we can spiritually stall and reach a dead stop, but if we maintain our spirit, as we maintain a car, we can continue our journey with fewer breakdowns.

Here are 3 reasons why we spiritually stall:


Life has a way of putting us in overload. Delayed results can trigger frustration, and then fatigue brings us down—stall. Our spiritual engine can overheat when we stopped reading God’s Word.


Distractions can drain our energy. Priorities changes and our attention shifts toward earthly ventures. We stop communicating with God—stall. Our spiritual engine lacks power because we stopped praying.


I’ll do it myself! Ouch, this is too close to home. We may read the Word, pray every day, but we are the Body of Christ, and there’s no room for solo acts—stall. We spiritually run out of gas when we lack community. Isolation deprives us of encouragement, accountability, service, and growth.


God understands our 21st Century challenges—He does indeed. In fact, in Revelation He addresses the Church of Philadelphia with a promise.

Rev 3: 8, 10

Keep your spiritual engines running for the race set before you. The Holy Spirit will help us maintain a healthy vessel, and He will help us avoid a spiritual stall.


I’ve been there. That’s why I prepared an easy guide to jumpstart your Bible study time. If you haven’t downloaded, “5 Tips for Consistent Bible Study,” click here.

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

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 The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. (Logos Bible Software)

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