You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged here in a few weeks. On top of just being plain busy, I’ve just been so uninspired. If you are a crafty person, a writer, or anyone who has a creative hobby, you probably know what I mean. Everyone goes through periods of boredom even in their most creative assets of life. For me, it’s usually when life is busy, times are tough, or when all my focus is on another project. When I do take the time to sit down and write, sew, or read, my mind draws a blank or I’m extremely distracted and fidgety. Eventually I just end up throwing my hands up in frustration and moving on to something else. Normally, when I put up a blog post, it’s because the idea “randomly” came to me (probably while lying in bed). When this happens, I have the entire post almost completely formulated in my head even before I sit down and type it out. Recently, however, that just simply hasn’t been happening.
Sometimes, this happens to me spiritually as well. There’s times when my prayers are dry, my Bible reading is boring, and my worship is dull. In some situations, this is a result of my own laziness, and in others, it’s the devil trying to get me down and discourage me. You see, I get into these “pits”. Pits of laziness, which lead to pits of sluggishness, which throw my emotions awry, which makes me cranky, disagreeable, and extremely vulnerable to further attacks of the Enemy.
I believe that in some situations, we let ourselves be drawn into these pits. I buckle once to letting worry control my life, and I rapidly slide headfirst into a pit of anxiety. I begin to believe one lie Satan tells me, and I tumble into a pit of susceptibility and fear. We must stand firm against these and other devilish attacks. In fact, in Ephesians 6, we are given pretty detailed instructions on how to go about that. Verse 12 reads:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (emphasis added)
In reality, the physical struggles we face in this life are not really all that physical. In fact, they have a whole lot to do with a spiritual battle, just as this verse says.
The armor of God is an amazing concept to study. If, like me, you’re struggling in this area of spiritual dryness and emotional “pits”, let me encourage you to invest in a Bible study specifically focused on the armor of God. Right now, I’m working my way through an amazing study written by my all-time favorite women’s speaker, Priscilla Shirer. Take this battle seriously and get some training!
I’ll be honest with you: this is something that I’ve really been struggling with. Standing firm is not my strong point spiritually. However, I’ve been learning so much from God’s Word about this. I wish I could share it all with everyone, but it would honestly take me a whole week to type everything out. Not to mention you’d be sick and tired of me by then. However, I would love to do some follow-up posts to relate to you all what I’m learning, and to hear what you’re learning! As always, feel free to comment and tell me your thoughts, and have a great week!