For the last few months I have felt busy, overwhelmed, and constantly on the move, but somehow stagnant all at the same time. Life is busy but my relationship with God has slowed down. I don’t know if that makes sense to you but to me it feels like a battle. I pray, read my devotional and the bible, but still feel like a big fat pile of “blah”. My fire has slowly been put out and I am sick of it.
A couple weeks ago I started to read the book Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer. I can never seem to find a book that I will actually read more than a chapter or two, but this one has hit me hard. This book is a battle plan. The first chapter has brought me back to when I first became a Christian.
I don’t know about you, but when I became a Christian I didn’t let a single thing the enemy tried to do to me stop me. It felt like every day after I started to full on pursue God the enemy would have plan to stop it. But I was on fire. I had shown up, came to the battle field and full on drop kicked the devil in the face. What has happened to that fire?
I have only read the first chapter of this book but God is revealing to me that I need to start fighting. I need to remember how to go to battle. I feel like this is the year we desperately need to remember why we fell for God. Why we believe he is who he says he is. In church it is always said that there is an enemy that has come to steal, kill and destroy. I don’t think many people want to focus on how true that is.
I started reading a new devotional about a word. One word. A word God reveals to you. One word that will change your life. I didn’t really think God would reveal anything to me in a four day devotional but I was clearly wrong. God has revealed to me that it is my time to arise. I need to wake up and show up!
The word arise has not left my mind in 2 days. I keep hearing it over and over again, like a CD that has been scratched and is stuck on repeat.
Arise. Wake up. Get up. Become apparent. Rise up and take back.
I am ready to have more of God and less of this selfish, dirty, sad, social media consumed world. No more fear and no more anxiety is welcomed here. Satan can’t have my happiness or yours. Let’s get ready and stay ready. Let’s fight back for everything he has taken from us. Get up and get ready.
Romans 13:11-12 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Ephesians 5:14 For this reason it says,“Awake, O sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Fervent Click here to get more information about the book.
One word that will change your life Click here for 4 day devotional.