Two weeks ago, Jenifer, from Sweet Blessings, posted on Facebook and in her blog about having a spiritual summer. We think of summer as a time to take a break from school, maybe work, and our normal busy schedules. Jenifer reminded us to be careful that we don't take a break from God. She challenged us to go even deeper with God over this summer. This challenge really resonated with my spirit. I said that instead of taking a summer break, I wanted to have a summer revival. That was two weeks ago.
The change has been subtle. In fact, I didn't even realize what was happening until yesterday. And it's happening to my friends who have accepted this challenge. Instead of feeling closer to God, there is now distance and distraction. My walk has been hindered, not helped, by this challenge.
In my world, the past two weeks have seemed pretty normal. Except for the holiday weekend, life has gone on as usual. But my goal to draw closer to God has stirred up something in the spiritual realm. There is a battle going on and the enemy wants to keep me from God. He has been working to see me defeated, but the good news is that our Father God wants to see us be victorious! I can't accomplish my goal of drawing closer to God on my own. I need the power of God to fight this battle.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
Two weeks ago I may have felt closer to God than I do right this minute. But now my eyes have been opened to the devil's schemes. With God's help, two weeks from now I will feel even closer to Him than ever before. It's time for a fight.
I've got my armor on. Do you?