Stop Spiritual Warfare Burnout By Cutting Off These 7 People

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Photo by Pawel Szvmanski

#1 SELF-SABOTAGER

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While God forgives sin, He won’t take away the negative earthly consequences of your choices. Photo by Erik McLean

Verses To Consider About Self-Sabotagers:

  • “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”Proverbs 14:23 NIV
  • “The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.”Proverbs 21:25 ESV
  • “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” Proverbs 24:33–34 ESV

#2 ASK-HOLE

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You’ll be spiritually burnt out when you’re constantly the shoulder to cry on for those who refuse to take the advice they asked for. Photo by Nate Johnston

Verses To Consider About Ask-Holes:

  • “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”Proverbs 12:15 ESV
  • “Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.” — Proverbs 13:18 ESV

#3 IN A CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A SPIRIT OF FEAR

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If she lost her fears and phobias, she wouldn’t have a personality to rely on to be interesting. Photo by Chaozzy Lin

Verses To Consider About Attention-Whores:

  • “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,”Philippians 2:3–5 ESV
  • “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

#4 GOSSIPS

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Be weary of people who seem extra concerned about things that aren’t their business. Photo by Matheus Ferrero

Verses To Consider About Gossips:

  • “Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.” — 1 Timothy 5:13 ESV
  • “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.”Proverbs 16:28 ESV

#5 THE DIVIDE AND CONQUERER

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Backstabbers Will Cause Spiritual Warfare Burnout. Photo by Naitian Wang

Verses To Consider About Backstabbers:

  • “A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.”Proverbs 6:12–15 ESV

#6 LIARS

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Be weary of people whose story constantly changes yet they’re always the victim in every version. Photo by Valerie Elash

Verses To Consider About Liars:

  • “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16–19 ESV
  • But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”Revelation 21:8 ESV

#7 TOO FAMILIAR TO TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY

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Don’t get spiritually burnt out by trying to convince family who won’t listen to you. Photo by Pragmart

TELL ME WHO I MISSED!

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What other types of people cause spiritual warfare burnout? Photo by Daniel Páscoa

Let Me Know Your Thoughts!

  1. What types of people would you add to this list?
  2. What person from this list do you encounter the most?

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Rachel N. Stephens

Rachel N. Stephens

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Host of #CrackYourBible, a weekly Christian apologetics show on YouTube, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. All posts are also posted, in full, on rachelnstephens.com