I have discovered that when we make a commitment to God, the enemy begins plotting. He starts attacking us, our families, finances, jobs, bodies, and our minds. Whatever and whomever he can attack, he does! When we open our mouths and announce we’re going to do something for God, the enemy hears and brings the assaults. We have made it clear that we are his enemy, and he wants to stop us!
I’ve made a commitment to the Lord to be faithful to this devotional ministry. To be honest, it has been very hard, extremely hard. Some days I’m crying, some days I’m excited! Some days I’m angry. Some days I’m rejoicing! Most days I’m exhausted. Some days I’m discouraged and frustrated, while other days I’m inspired and hopeful! Whatever type of roller coaster emotions or feelings you can think of, I experience them.
My sister, sometimes I feel burdened down with this assignment God has given me. But I keep going. And guess what? The enemy keeps going, too! He never gets tired of plotting and attacking. He does whatever he can to stop me from encouraging God’s people. Even though I may feel like quitting at times, or complain about the task, I cannot stop. I won’t! I may hit roadblocks. I might have some delays, but I’m committed to seeing this assignment to the end.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.Psalm 37:5 ESV
What about you, sis? Have you made a commitment to the Lord? And are you noticing how that pledge has brought on an onslaught of attacks? Sis, may I share with you three things the Lord told me? I know it’ll encourage and motivate you to stay committed.
ONE: Pray. Prayer is our weapon in this Christian journey (Eph. 6:18). Be prayerful and keep talking to God. Prayer always works! However, it doesn’t work if we DO NOT use it. Never stop praying!
TWO: Read the Bible. Stay in God’s Word. God’s Word strengthens us when we’re weak. It’s our guide, road map, and it’s ALIVE. Do you understand this? God’s Word is living and breathing and active (Heb. 4:12). His Word is our lamp that refuels and reinvigorates us over and over again so that we can stay committed to our Heavenly Father on this crazy journey called Life! Stay in that Word!
THREE: Get an accountability partner. Find a spiritual mentor, advisor, or a trusted friend. Get someone you trust and someone who knows the Lord. Look for a person who will hold you accountable, be committed to you, and will support your commitment that you made to the Lord. You need someone who will be real with you – not sugarcoat anything – yet will tell you when you’re wrong. Get a partner who will push you, cheer for you, pray for you, check you, and lift you up. When you want to stop or feel like quitting, your accountability partner will motivate you to keep going. Partner with someone.
Sisters, we opened our mouths and made a declaration – a commitment – to the Lord. Now, we must remain committed. Keep our war clothes on (Eph 6:10-20). Be alert (1 Pet. 5:8). Keep looking at God, trusting Him at His Word, and stay prayed up (Heb. 12:1-3)!
Let’s walk in freedom being devoted to Christ and to the call He has on our lives!
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