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How to Get Out of the Lukewarm State. Try These 5 Simple Tips That Helped Me Overcome It.
Updated: Sep 21, 2022
How To Know You Want To Get Out Of Being Lukewarm
You’re thinking about the passionate believer living for Christ you once were. You wonder what happened to them. What changed? You would love to get back to where you once were. Or you never had that passion and you want it now.
But you don’t know how to get it.
We can all agree it’s not always easy to be a Christian. I know I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. And those downs can make you dull. Over time…
The prayer life goes down
There’s less Bible study or a decrease in reading
Talking to God has decreased
Is this you? It’s because you’re in a lukewarm state. You’ve distanced yourself from God. And a fire is missing within you or you have a weak flame that needs to grow.
You’re not the only one. I’ve been there. One too many times. I’ve learned it’s important not to get stuck there. It’s up to you to choose to get out of it. Only getting close to God will help you. There are different things you can try to get out of it.
Why You Should Get Out Of It
Being in this state may have its place when it comes to water or temperature. But not when it comes to your faith. You need to be hot and on fire for God. Easier said than done, right?
With dedication and consistency, it’s possible. Now that doesn’t mean it’s going to be like that all the time. The flesh makes us weak. But God is stronger and He sees the effort.
In a previous post, I spoke about the dangers of being lukewarm. To make it brief, Jesus rejects the lukewarm because they are easy to sway. But He prefers you to be either hot or cold- picking one side and sticking to it.
(Want to read what it means to be lukewarm? You can click here to read the full post and read the major signs of a lukewarm person)
Christians need to keep their spirit full of fuel all the time. You never know when you’ll need to put that fuel to use. You have to always be ready. For example, a spiritual battle. How will you be able to fight when your spirit is not fit for it?
Now you’ve come to the realization you want to be a stronger Christian. You’re not where you want to be. What are you going to do? How can you get out of it? I’m sure I can offer some tips on that!
How To Get Out Of Being Lukewarm
Let me tell you, there is no exact way to stop being lukewarm. As I mentioned above you have to choose to get out of it. But I do have a couple of tips to share from experience which may be useful to you.
Here are a few things that have helped me overcome in the past.
1. Take a moment to ponder
Ask yourself questions such as...
Why am I like this?
What’s holding me back?
What sin am I living in?
How can I do better?
From there you can assess what you need to work on. Such as, going to church more often, reading the Bible more, praying more. Or find out what you need to get rid of. Such as social media, unhealthy habits, or even people.
There are so many distractions that can draw your attention away from the things that matter. Find out what those things are and go from there.
Take the initiative to do better. And repent where you need to.
2. Meet with God (seek God)
“-you who seek God may your hearts revive.” - Psalm 69:32
If you feel you have neglected to spend time with God you can give this a try. Scheduled a meeting with Him. You might be thinking, “What? Like, a business meeting?” Yes! Set a specific time of the day to go meet with Him. Seeking Him is crucial.
Tell Him about it. “God, I’d like to meet at ____ tomorrow/later today and talk to you about ____.” Now you have to show up.
Come prepared as you would for a meeting. Write down…
What do you want to talk to Him about
Things you need to work on/repentance
Be sure you start with gratitude. “Thank you God for...”
Don’t go somewhere you typically hang out. Go to the park (you can stay in your car). Go to any parking lot. Give yourself a change of scenery.
Leave your phone out of reach and silent. You can have your Bible with you and read it.
3. Meet with other Christians
Most of the time when you meet with other Christians there will always have a conversation about God. It’s normal for a believer to ask another how their walk of faith is going. And when it comes up, be honest with your answer.
I can guarantee they will give you advice before you ask for it. Or even offer to pray for you. There’s a good chance they’ve been where you are and have something to offer.
Talking to others is helpful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt refreshed after talking to another Christian.
Do a fast. I found this to be the most effective for me. There are different ways to fast. Here are a few you can try.
Skip a meal: replace a meal with prayer time or Bible reading or both.
A 24-hour fast: you only drink water, you replace your meals with prayer or reading the Bible.
Give up a certain food for a period of time- three days, a week, 40 days.
Daniel Fast: be a vegan for 21 days, spend your days getting close to God and lift your spirit.
(The Daniel fast is my favorite one. I do it at least once a year)
The point is for you to “sacrifice” things and focus on God- to draw near to Him. Try to keep your fasts to yourself (Matthew 6:16-18).
5. Get involved
Do something outside of yourself.
Help in a ministry
Go on a mission trip
Volunteer in a shelter or soup kitchen
Don’t only go to church services become part of the church. I found these things help you grow in your faith. Even more so when you step outside of your comfort zone for the sake of God’s kingdom. Watch Him move in the most amazing ways.
These are a few things that have helped me in the past. I hope these tips give you some guidance. I recommend you pray before trying anything and see where God leads you.
Let me know which of these work for you or if you have something else that could help others. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, comment down below, or DM @theblamelesslife on Instagram.