A Time with God-Part 3: Enemies of a Personal Devotional Time

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 18th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How many times have I heard a babe in Christ say, “I really don’t have the time for a lengthy morning devotional.” My reply to that is that that’s the enemy trying to dissuade them from doing what is essential and important to grow their walk with the Lord. There are three common enemies of a morning devotional—the world, the flesh, and the devil.

The World

We live in a world filled with distractions. We have so much to do that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that we would like to do. In many cases, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do everything that we need to do. The bottom line is that it’s very easy to find excuses to skip our morning devotional time, our time to focus on God. Don’t do it, don’t allow the worldly attractions and distractions entice you skip what is most important, your time of communicating with God. As the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV) 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love o]“f the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

The Flesh

How often do we desire to have a family morning devotional, but find ourselves nodding off while another member of our devotional group is praying or reading scripture? We don’t want to fall asleep, but we do. Our intentions are good, but our flesh is weak. John Mark, a Palestinian Jew wrote in the Gospel of Mark, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38). To overcome the weaknesses of our flesh we must be strong in our commitment to hold fast to our time with God. We must pursue our time alone with God vigorously because our spiritual growth and well-being depends on it.

The Devil

You must never forget that when you are determined to faithfully spend time with God every morning, 365 days a year, you will be fighting against more than just the flesh and worldly distractions; you will be fighting Satan and his minions. Satan will do everything in his power to keep you from your appointed time with God. Remember what the Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. We need to be prepared to do battle with the devils minions at all time. Ephesians 6:10-17 (KJV) 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Helen Thomas
18th May 2014 (#)

Great post ~ Jerry. We certainly do have to fight the good fight of faith ~ being vigilant to spend personal devotional time with our Lord daily.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th May 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading and for commenting Helen.

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author avatar Teila
18th May 2014 (#)

Well done Jerry! I need to make more time for devotions, very nice.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Teila. We all do!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th May 2014 (#)

Typically everyone has more time than they think they do, they just have selected different priorities.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th May 2014 (#)

We're in agreement there, Mark.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
19th May 2014 (#)

Yes, dear Jerry ..
Timely words of truth .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th May 2014 (#)

God bless you, my beloved sister Stella.

Jerry

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author avatar Sharon
21st May 2014 (#)

Really enjoyed this article. I have really been struggling with this in the am. I hope it becomes easier with time.

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