How to Break Out of the Slump

What is a slump?

Slump: to fall or decline substantially or over a prolonged period

What do slumps do?

Slumps will seek to drain potential
Slumps create additional problems
Slumps can generate a sense of panic
Slumps can make us feel paralyzed
Slumps always carry a high price
Slumps will prolong themselves when allowed

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

– Mark 10:46-52

Seven Steps to Break Out of a Slump

Step 1: Quit Waiting for Something to Change

Change doesn’t just happen
Change requires a choice
Consider the cost
Call on Jesus

Stop stewing and start doing

– John Maxwell

Step 2: Accept Responsibility

Jesus needs us to refocus
Responsibility is yours alone
Renew your commitment

Step 3: Quit Focusing on Others

Don’t worry about others
Worry is a waste
Be willing to focus on Jesus

Step 4: Just Do It!

Focus on Jesus
Be willing to move forward
Act in faith

Step 5: Act Now!

Stay alert for moments of opportunity
Stop losing opportunities
Start moving to act

Step 6: Know What You Needed

Jesus asks a serious question
Jesus requires an answer
Jesus must get a response

Step 7: Believe God Can Move

Bartimaeus had a great hope
Jesus cannot move without faith
Bartimaeus is an example of belief

Closing

What do we do with our faith?
Abandon the past
Admit there is a need for change
Adjust your attitude
Accept Christ’s Leadership