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Investing in Blessings

 

INVESTING IN BLESSINGS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord,

Jeremiah 29:11-14a NKJV

Do you ever feel as if your spiritual gas tank is running on empty? Does it seem like your prayers go no further than the ceiling? Is your bank account of blessings almost overdrawn?

At times, we may reach a spiritual lull. That should send up a red flag. Warning lights should flash as sirens blast. Something is just not right.

The causes can be numerous, but let’s examine the most likely culprit. We have a deceptive enemy who strives to pull us away from God. Any of the following symptoms can be attributed to our adversary: times of prayerlessness, a decline in church attendance, slack in Bible reading, or sin.

Satan may already have a stronghold in your mind (2 Cor. 10:4). Don’t despair! God has given us spiritual weapons for the tearing down of strongholds. Prayer and the Word of God will put us back on track. And if there is sin in our lives, God is faithful and just to forgive when we repent (1 John 1:9).

As our verses from Jeremiah tell us, God has plans for us. Plans that include a future and a hope. The next verse directs us to pray and seek God. God isn’t a cosmic Easter bunny hiding eggs from us. But we must invest ourselves. We must give God our time, our lives, our money, and our all.

Consider your 401K. Your return is based on your investment. A person depositing $100 may earn $10. The individual contributing $1,000 may earn $100. The more you invest, the more you earn.

Look at a farmer who plants a full acre of crops. He tends to his crops and reaps the harvest.

But a farmer who only plants half of that acre and pays little attention to it will reap a much smaller harvest.

When we fill our days with everything but God, can we really expect him to bless us? God loves us. He desires to commune with us. He wants an intimate relationship with us, His favored sons and daughters.

I have wonderful news! You can start anew today. Get alone with God. Tell Him how you feel. He won’t rebuke you. Ask Him to help you in your desire to spend more time with Him. You will be met with interruptions and distractions as you devote more energy to the Lord.

A life invested in God will be a life of rich blessings. Maybe not worldly riches. Maybe not wealth. Maybe not a trouble-free life…definitely not a trouble-free life. But a life rich in God.

Lord, forgive us for distance. We yearn to draw near to You knowing You will draw near to us. Guard our precious moments together. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When you begin to devote more to God, the enemy will counter attack. What can you do to be prepared for this temptation and battle? I keep in mind that He will seek to steal that time or money away, and when it occurs, I know it is the enemy, and I stand firm.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: The Enemy’s Attack

THE ENEMY’S ATTACK

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place.

Eph. 6:11-12 NKJ)

Do you ever wonder why things keep going wrong? It has been like that with my health, and praise God, it was nothing serious. As soon as one thing was settled, something else started.

Finally, I asked God why this was happening. If there was something wrong in my life, some sin, I wanted to know. Two hours later, I received a text from a friend. He obviously knew about my health issues, but he did not know about my prayer. The text read, “The enemy wants to attack your study on prayer and your ministry.” That was it, but why had I never thought of that?

Here I was immersed in a study on prayer, and I had never prayed for God to protect my writing and myself from Satan. I had prayed for God to use my work for His glory and to encourage others. I had prayed for open doors, but I never prayed for God to set a hedge around me.

As I read through the believer’s armor in Ephesians chapter 6, I could not find anything missing. I trusted God, the shield of faith. I studied my Bible, the sword of the Spirit. The one thing missing was the one that ties it altogether – prayer. I was studying prayer, but I was not praying to be delivered from evil.

Whether you are in ministry or not, always be on guard for the enemy’s attack. Stand firm against the wiles of the devil. Satan seeks to destroy those who serve God.

Dear heavenly Father,

Help us realize that as we draw closer to You, the battle is going to heat up. Set a hedge around Your children so we can accomplish great things for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Eph. 6:10-20.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Satan not only wants to disrupt our service to God, but he creates havoc in our relationships, on our jobs, and in our homes. How can you begin to pray for victory in these areas?

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.