Ken Fentress, Stonepoint Member
My wife, Karen, and I are new to Wills Point and to the Stonepoint Church family. When we started Pastor Brandon was speaking on Ephesians 6:10-20 about “All Out War”. The sermon was very convicting to me because I’ve found myself slipping into the routine and habit of not spending quality time with the Lord. Yes, we are very adamant about attending church on Sunday, but what is missing is the quiet time where I can reflect on what God is doing and where I need to be. In fact, looking back, I realize that I have a long way to go in this area.
My fight is not against what goes on at work, at home, or even at church, but what goes on in my own mind. There is a constant battle with “activity addiction” when it comes time to my time with Lord and I have to say I lose the battle more than I win. Do you find this true as well in your life?
It was great to review Ephesians 6 once again about the armor of God. God’s word – the Belt; Christ’s righteousness – the breastplate; being willing to go where we see God working – feet of readiness; Christ’s victory – the shield; Christ’s protection of our mind – the helmet of salvation; the spoken word (sermons, prayers, fellowship) – the sword of the Spirit. Not only was the sermon convicting to me, but there have been multiple “coincidences” that have made me realize that God wants my attention. First and foremost are my own feet of readiness and being willing to be an active member of the or new church body, in effect, starting all over again to make friends and be in a Journey Group. Second are my thoughts that I know are influences by God; and then there are the other hints that are dropped in my lap. In our carpool and each day we read a devotion message from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and we had one the other day that really supported what Pastor Brandon was saying last Sunday and what I’ve been feeling all week:
“Quietness and trust accomplish far more than you can imagine: not only in you, but also on earth and in heaven.” “Spending time alone with Me can be a difficult discipline, because it goes against the activity addiction of this age. You may appear to be doing nothing, but actually you are participating in battles going on with spiritual realms. You are waging war – not with the weapons of the world, but with the heavenly weapons, which have divine power to demolish strongholds. Living close to Me is a sure defense against evil.”
Oh well! I’m sure all of this is just a coincidence, aren’t you? I think I will try “Living closer to God” and let Him fight these battles for me. How about you?