When I was growing up, our house had three doors. To ensure that the house was locked, we would check all three doors. The front door was easy because it was used the most. The back door was pretty easy because it was in the kitchen so there was lots of traffic in that area. The side door was most easily overlooked because we rarely used it & that area of the house didn’t get much traffic.
In a similar way, we need to guard our hearts & souls from the enemy who lurks & waits for opportunities to sneak into our lives through side doors or low traffic areas. The enemy looks for places to enter our lives where we least expect it or where we have the lowest guard / attention. This could be times when you’re very tired, areas where you think you’re strong / victorious, situations that are familiar or comfortable, etc. The enemy of your soul looks for places where your guard is weak, your attention is distracted or your pride is big. With these instances, the enemy will often come in on tiptoes, sneaky & quiet, to begin his insinuations, whispers & distortions.
Pay attention & keep the doors locked!! 1 Pet 5:8, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
I’ve had lots of really good feedback & people expressing how much this book is helping them to walk with he Spirit! This is massively encouraging & I LOVE IT!!
At the same time, I find myself going through some soul searching related to my walk with the Spirit. Just because I write books about the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that I’ve learned everything about this journey & I’m an expert. That’s a dangerous pitfall & I sense the Holy Spirit alerting me to this trap while beckoning me to nestle into the Spirit’s presence more & deepen my roots into our intimacy like never before. To this end, I’m wholly committed to walking in daily integration with he Holy Spirit, deeply rooted & abundantly fruitful! I hope you’ll agree to this adventure with the Holy Spirit in your life, taking your own steps with the Holy Spirit!
Alarms are helpful even if they’re disturbing. Alarms tell us: it’s time to get up, there’s a fire, someone is trying to break into our car & lots more. Alarms alert us to something amiss & wake us from foggy & hazy living.
Sometimes, however, we might resent alarms. We might resent an alarming doctors report that tells us to change our eating or exercise habits. We might resent the red light alarm in the car about a low oil problem & lots of other examples. And there are other alarms that we probably don’t like, even though we need them.
I find that God uses alarms in my life:
to get my attention
to help me get moving in more healthy directions
to make choices with more wisdom
Don’t be unsettled by alarms, let them be helpful motivators for good adjustments & tweaks ,)
My kids ask me all kinds of interesting questions: are there amphibians in the mountains, did you & dad kiss before you got married, why do I need to learn to spell, what’s the difference between a plane and a line, etc
Some of their questions get more than dicey so when they say, “Mom, I have a question”, I brace myself & hope it’s not about sex or some edgy dystopia twist they may have read about.
Their questions remind me to stay curious, adventuresome & filled with wonder. Our Heavenly Father has made a vast world for us to discover, enjoy & learn about Who God is. Sometimes it’s easy to get lulled into a detached existence from a seemingly mundane life. So let’s ask God to keep us alert, curious, perky & awake to His work that happens all around & inside us too 🙂
We have a joke in my family about my cooking: the more smoke alarms that go off, the better the meal. So a 3 alarm meal is likely to be super awesome!!
Alarms help us pay attention, particularly if something is bad. So maybe we should ask the Holy Spirit to be like an alarm in our thinking. For example, sometimes my mind & thoughts can get dark. I might find myself discouraged about something at work or maybe I received some bad news about one of my kids, or sometimes I might have a conflict with my husband. If I’m not careful, I can let some of those discouraging thoughts become all consuming & before I know it, I’m a victim to depression, discouragement & darkness. While I’m not saying that we should live in denial or dismiss bad news or negative thoughts. We absolutely need the Holy Spirit to alert & give us a wake up call when such thoughts go too far & begin controlling & even sabotaging our divine purpose & destiny. 2Cor 10:5 says,
Sometimes the alarm goes off on my car as well, so I have these “fun” reminders in my life to stay alert & perky 🙂
We have a joke in our family about my cooking – when the smoke alarm goes off in our house, it’s a good sign that we’re going to have a great meal and the more smoke alarms that go off, the better the meal. It’s become kind of humorous among all of us and we’ve become somewhat accustomed to a dinner time smoke alarm – which can be a little scary. Alarms are meant to alert us that something is amiss and should be immediately checked upon. When we get dull to alarms, things can become severely dangerous and God forbid that we should sleep through such alarms!
I wonder if there could be some alarms in our lives that alert us to spiritual lethargy, passivity and languor. I wonder if we don’t sometimes become so comfortable, settled, cozy and tucked into our daily routines that our spiritual lives become dull, shallow and even moribund. Perhaps God is making a clarion call to our hearts to shake off the allure of comfort that can unknowingly poison us with a sleeping sickness that deadens our senses to God’s alarms
The enemy of great is good, the adversary of excellent is average and the foe of extraordinary is moderate. Let’s love God with great sincerity, excellent pursuit and extraordinary passion.