Good afternoon. Happy Monday to you all! I pray that you had a wonderful weekend.
Public Service Announcement: You know that I am busy if I don’t post a blog. I can’t wait til this busy season passes. I miss writing. Remember to always find time for daily devotion with Christ. It’s the sweetest thing in the world. Meeting God in the start of the day makes the day go by so much better.
TFTD: Be vigilant
1 Peter 5:8-9
New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
The last few weeks have been extremely busy for me; between my home life, school, work, ministries I serve in, and personal life I have been swamped. Even though I have been busy, I always make time in the top of my day to meet God. I was reminded in my devotional time as well as by the preacher on Sunday that the enemy is busy trying to distract us from the things of God.
That leads me to today’s TFTD, we have to be vigilant. To be vigilant means to be alertly watchful especially to avoid danger. You see the enemy will use our busy seasons to distract us from God and even to cause us to doubt God. Sometimes we can get so busy that we push God to the side and then start panicking when things seem to become overwhelming. The word tells us to be vigilant because the enemy is walking around us ready to pounce on us and devour us.
In the past I would allow being busy to be my excuse for not making time for God. But as I have matured in Christ I used my being busy as a motivation to seek God more. I know that only God can orchestrate my steps and cover me with a cloud of peace in a time when things seem so chaotic. I know that it’s only God who can get me through a difficult time and make it appear easy. When I made time for God, He made everything work out effortlessly.
The more time I spent with God the more vigilant I became. It was in my quiet time with God that He would warn me about the dangers that awaited me on that day. But had I allowed my busy schedule to keep me from seeking God then I would have been blind-sided.
WE HAVE TO BE VIGILANT! Never allow life or people to keep you from seeking God. You have to stay connected to Him in order to be prepared to handle the enemy when he appears.
The number one way to combat the enemy is to stay in God’s presence. You can stay in God’s presence by staying in His word, praying daily, setting aside a personal intimate devotional period with Christ, fast for spiritual gain and not worldly gain, and these are just a few ways.
It’s time to be vigilant so that when the enemy attacks, you can say, “I knew you were coming.”
I pray that you continue to keep God first in all that you do. Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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