The Pitfalls of Spiritual Highs

Have you ever felt so good about your faith that you think nothing could go wrong? And if it does, you are instantly Little Miss Sunshine, coming through the rainclouds, on top of the world. You feel like you and Jesus could never, ever grow apart, because from now on you’re going to read your Bible every chance you get, and when you’re not busy talking to a friend, you’ll be talking to God.

It’s been my experience that spiritual highs and the emotions that come with them soon fade. Because of my sin nature, I always end up sinning, and sin always separates me from God.

Because of this, I’ve learned to be on guard more in times of spiritual highs than I am in times of spiritual lows. It’s too tempting to get caught up in feeling good about myself and my walk. I often get too comfortable. And then I am vulnerable to compromise.

There’s nothing wrong with “mountaintop experiences.” Jesus and His friends had them. But if we’re not careful, we may begin depending on that good feeling to get us through the day rather than remembering who it is that is holding us.

Here are some reasons why we should protect ourselves from those temporary spiritual highs:

They can cause us to drop our guard.
There are many warnings in the Bible to always be on guard against sin. Some verses describe sin as attacking when we least expect it. This includes feeling so on-top-of-the-world that you wouldn’t even dream of being tempted. What’s another word for this feeling? Pride.

Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Check yourself: Are you feeling so good that you begin to feel that you no longer need to depend on Christ’s strength?

They make us believe the lie that God is only present when we have a certain feeling.
If we’re not careful, we can put God in a box and convert Him to nothing more than a good feeling. There is nothing wrong with feeling good about the Lord. However, if we become so dependent on that fuzzy feeling, what happens when that feeling goes away? You may be tempted to fall into depression or feel that God is no longer with you anymore, even though He promises us many times throughout His Word that He is always with us.

They can make us dependent on feelings rather than the solid truth of God.
We should find all confidence in the solid truth of God, not the feelings that come from powerful worship music or when your small group’s prayer circle is completely on fire one night. Spiritual highs bring those kinds of feelings. But feelings are wavering; God’s Word to you is not.

Have you ever had a spiritual high and then come down from it so fast you hit the ground with a hard thud?

What can you do to protect yourself against the pitfalls of spiritual highs?

About Author

Mandi Blankenship is a high school senior. She loves photography and playing music in worship. Her goal is to encourage others to realize that being used by God is the most rewarding thing.

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