Warning Signs of the Dry Soul

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, then you’ve likely found yourself in a spiritually dry season.  I was reading an article from Youth Specialities today that reminded of those dry-soul seasons, and the fact that generally those dry-soul days are self-inflicting.

Here’s some tell-tale warning signs that you might be on the verge of a dry-soul: (from YS leadership blog Sept. 19, ’11)

1.  Spending more time talking about prayer than actually praying
2.  Private prayers begin to start sounding like “nice” public prayers (prayers before the meeting, prayers at the end of the message, etc.)
3.  Reading the Bible only when preparing a message or Bible study
4.  Living a life so fast and so cluttered there is no time for cultivating the inner life that people don’t see
5.  “Third-person reading”: reading not for what god can say to you, but for what you can say to others
6.  Inner exhaustion that leads to outer crankiness and cynicism
7.  A loss of wonder
8.  Increasing work with decreasing joy

These were written with pastors/leaders in mind, but I’m sure they can apply to any of us.  I’d like to add a few extra warning signs that I’ve encountered during my own dry-soul days:

  • disconnection from accountability and community
  • not reading the bible at all (as opposed to only for study!)
  • unresolved conflict/unforgiveness (go hand-in-hand)
  • un-balanced schedule with family, ministry/vocation, personal social outlets
  • sin (strongholds and temptations ramp up during the times our spiritual muscles are weak and neglected)
  • relationships become much more about ‘getting’ than ‘giving’
  • More concerned with seeking God’s hand, than seeking His face!

DRY-SOUL BUSTER!! On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”  ~John 7:37-38~

Got any insight into dry-soul warning signs…and ways to combat them?

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