Thursday, June 2, 2011

Two Weeks Ago

Two weeks ago everything was fine.  I was happy with my relationship with God.  It wasn't as good as it could be, but I felt His presence and I was seeing growth.  My personal prayer time was good and that carried over to my times at church.  God was moving in and through me for worship and Wednesday night prayer was so good!  That was two weeks ago.

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? 

8 comments:

  1. The enemy is sneaky but blessings to you that you recognized his schemes and are fighting against it. I got hit by the enemy last week, he tried to come become between me and my relationship with the Lord, but all he really did was push further into to arms of my Father. New level new devil, you are trying to take your relationship with God further and that is the last place the enemy wants you. You are a Jesus girl and the enemy cannot have you. Blessings to you Lisa, you will be in my prayers that He strengthen you to stand firm in His love.

    Kandi

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  2. Kandi, I was just saying the same thing: Ok satan, you wanted to push me away, but you've just made me mad and now I'm gonna get closer! We are Jesus girls. Praying for you too, my friend.

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  3. I'm armored up myself today Lisa... I think we've all been under attack as of late, but with Christ on our side we have the winning team!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  4. It is so easy to get caught up... I'm so thankful for His conviction and His power to get back on track! He loves us so.

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  5. Got to put that armor on daily! And then I have to remind myself not to take it off!

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  6. So thankful that God reveals what's wrong with us and He helps us move closer to Him. We will be victorious sweet sister.

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  7. Satan is on the attack but we WILL be victorious in Jesus!!!! I am armored up and ready for a fight!

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  8. This is another great one! Sometimes I wonder why it is that I have to be so disciplined and intentional about spending time with God? Why isn't my life swallowed up with Jesus and everything else works around that. When I figure that one out Ill let ya know! I like this line " I can't accomplish my goal of drawing closer to God on my own. I need the power of God to fight this battle." This is true...the only way to do it is to know how much we deserately need the power that raised Jesus on the third day!:)

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