The Christian life is not easy. Contrary to what some popular television preachers preach to their congregations and those who watch them on the idiot box each week, being a Christian doesn’t mean life will be all roses and rainbows.
While it’s true that we don’t have a long list of rules to abide by, there are things we must do to help us grow and mature as Christians. Our adversary, the devil, knows this and he will do what ever it takes to keep us from doing those things, thus, keeping us from growing and maturing in our faith.
I struggle with Bible reading and praying. I can sit at my desk with earphones in my ears listening to different sermons while I’m working with no problem, but to sit down and try to read the Bible? I would be asleep in no time. Praying is hard, too. It’s not that I don’t pray at all. If/when a need arises for me or someone else, I can say a quick prayer, but to be a person who has a set time to do some serious praying? My mind would so easily drift off to something else and I’d lose concentration on the task at hand. And, many times, there’s just things I put ahead of my Bible reading and praying. I know there’s no excuse and I need to remedy this situation.
The devil loves to make us useless. He loves it when people give up. He can put some kind of trial or adversity in our path and cause us throw up our hands and say, “I can’t do it anymore. I give up.” That is what his goal for us is. When he sees that we no longer struggle to stay in the fight, he wins. The Bible says we are to put on the whole armor of God. Putting armor on doesn’t mean we’ll be taking a leisurely stroll through a pretty garden. Putting on the armor means we are preparing to do battle every day. We battle against spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. Forces that are working hard to keep us weak and useless so that we throw down our weapons and say, “I give up.”
What forces are you dealing with? Are they the forces that seek to fill your head with lies that tell you that God can’t use you due to your past sins? Are they forces that tell you that because you don’t read the Bible enough, or pray enough, or because you can’t understand what God’s Word says sometimes, then doing these things are useless? Are they forces that tell you “You’re just too busy to have time for reading and praying”?
We must stay in the battle. We must keep fighting. If we lay our weapons down, we’re saying to the devil, “You win.”