Let me just start off by saying that I had a wonderful church service where God revealed some things and opened my eyes to a lot of the spiritual warfare that was occurring in my life and I didn’t even know it! To say the least, God is faithful in all that he does.
Today I come before you with a post that I’ve been questioning God on for years. I have a spiritual mentor in my life and I’ve gotten to know her family and I’ve watched her in her walk and there’s no doubt this woman and her husband are saved. No question at all, everything about them is Jesus ALL THE TIME.
Now, for a while I battled with this. Because I would be like, “Ok, I get you’re saved but it doesn’t take all that.” Anyone who knows her and her husband, they are some radical Christians. They are all in, Holy 100%. (They’re not perfect, but they’ve been in the walk long enough and you can tell.) So, I laugh at this now, because it was almost something I didn’t initially like, but then at the same time I knew deep down inside I wanted to have the same fire for God. It was just a matter of me not wanting to be looked at as “weird.”
It’s taken me a while to warm up to it and finally accept, that’s just the way my mentor and her family are and there’s nothing wrong with that, by any means. And even though I had reached a place where I was like, oh yeah that’s “normal” for them, I still kept telling myself: well I know I’ saved and for me it doesn’t take all that. (The lies we tell ourselves saints!)
….hmmmm….. but WAIT!!
God got on me good today in church. My pastor was speaking about principalities and how the devil will stop at nothing to take you out and destroy your purpose in God. The devil doesn’t always move quickly, he plants small seeds and watches things as they grow. He’s willing to wait, years if he has to. He’s that strategic.
SO WHAT DO YOU MEAN, IT DOESN’T TAKE ALL THAT!!?? Does the devil say that when he strategically plots against you??!! If the devil is willing to go the extra mile to slowly seduce you away from God’s will, then why don’t we put that same amount of effort into making sure we do WHATEVER it takes to stay saved and in God’s will. Even if this means you have to chase after God like you’ve lost your mind! Even if it means looking like you’re “weird” from the outside looking in.
So for all those people who have said: “oh it doesn’t take all that to be saved”..you don’t know what God has to do to keep people saved. Trust me. If any of us really thought about how crazy and off we can be when we not in God’s will, some of us would probably chase after God harder than we currently do.
I know for me, I’ve always been quick to say that I need God to keep his truth in my face constantly or I’ll easily forget. I mean seriously, sometimes it takes nothing for my mind to wonder right back into the same trap. So now I realize that if I’m going to successfully face spiritual warfare, it does take all that (and some!) and I have to learn to be more aggressive in my walk. Lately I’ve been too relaxed with my walk, not realizing the devil had been slowly seducing me away and making me think I was okay when I really wasn’t. I was probably closer to being taken out than I thought I was. Again, I must say God is faithful.
For a while I think my biggest thing was that if I became that “radical”, people would look at me funny. That just as I’ve said to myself “it doesn’t take all that”, someone else will watch me and say the same thing. I was scared of the scrutiny so to speak. Part of me still wanted to be accepted by my friends ( most of who are unsaved anyways..). I simply wanted to be saved and “normal.” I didn’t want anyone looking at me different because I was saved. However 1. there’s nothing normal about being saved and 2. when you become saved, you’re supposed to be different. How else will God be able to tell the Christian from the “common sinner”? Your lifestyle is supposed to be different. You can’t be saved and still try to fit in with the world, it defeats the purpose. Today my pastor said: at some point our destiny with God must become more important than affirmation. Why am I so concerned with being accepted when God has a greater purpose on his agenda for my life?
I close by saying, know where you are in your walk with God. You know what you have to do to make sure you’re continuously walking in his will.