I don’t usually write a blog like this. After a time of prayer, I had the sense that there is someone who will read this blog today who is just about ready to give up. Discouragement has settled all over your life.
Maybe prayer just isn’t happening for you and you’re tempted to think why bother.
I think a lot of people are feeling the same way. We’re desperate for spring, but more than that, we’re desperate for a sense of God’s Presence.
Maybe church has even become the same old, same old. Or, perhaps you’ve stopped going.
1. The enemy is firing up his oppression
Don’t believe for a second that the devil doesn’t have a plan. He’s all about strategy. We often approach spiritual warfare as if we’re running into an occasional bully on the playground when it is a long-term war.
Daniel 7:25, speaking of the Anti-Christ says: “And he shall speak words against the Most High God and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change the times and the law . . .” (emphasis mine)
There is no doubt that the system of the Anti-Christ in operation today, and its goal is to wear us out.
In the Complete Jewish Bible, this verse is a little different. It says “He will speak words against the Most High and try to exhaust the holy ones of the most High God.”
If we eat healthy, and get the right amount of sleep, and still feel exhausted . . .maybe we need to consider whether we’ve somehow bought into a lifestyle God never intended for us.
Everything in God’s Kingdom moves in seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall . . . it’s cyclical. We have the rest of winter when plants are dormant and root systems deepen. Spring is a time for new life, sowing seeds. Summer is hot, hard work, when little benefits are seen, until Fall, when things cool down, and we enjoy the bounty of our hard work.
But if our lives are stuck in one season, like summer – summer – always hard work and seeing no results, we have somehow stepped out of God’s timing.
If we’ve made some wrong choices and allowed the enemy in to our lifestyle somehow, a good place to start is with repentance.
Repentance always throws the devil off. We repented when we accepted Jesus, but the lifestyle of repentance has just begun. We need the continuous correction of the Holy Spirit to crucify our flesh and bring new life to our spirits.
This brings me back to the second point:
2. We’ve lost a sense of His Presence.
We can’t avoid times of worship, fasting, prayer, study, and devotion and expect to keep the awareness of His Presence. (believe me . . .I’ve tried) We need these practices because they connect us to God, renew our minds and build up our spirits.
There is no substitute for dropping to our knees.
We must get back to the rhythm of Heaven. Don’t let the devil kick you into overdrive. God wants us to live each day with an awareness of His Presence, and leading.
Heavenly Father, please forgive us. We don’t want to settle for a life below what was in the heart of Your dear Son when He went to the cross. Help us find the way back to the rhythm of Heaven. In Jesus name, Amen.