Skipping meals for a few days is unheard of because you know it will only leave you weak and tired and unprepared to face the day.
As spiritual beings we need to eat “meals” of God’s Word to stay nourished and strong to survive as well.
And I find it interesting that we would never skip a physical meal because we know how it will affect us negatively yet we think we can get away with skipping a spiritual meal for a week or two and be just fine.
It’s as if we have forgotten that every day we are on a spiritual battlefield on our enemy’s territory.
An enemy that will do anything to destroy us and our relationship with God.
An enemy who knows our weaknesses, our vulnerabilities, our desires and will use them to distract us, to make us stray, and to bring us down.
How can we possibly think we can get by with a prayer that we said or a Bible verse that we read a week ago?
How can we prepare to face everything the enemy throws our way daily if we never take the time to read God’s handbook for life and make time to listen to His voice?
God’s Word is our weapon in the battle for our souls.
His presence is where our strength comes from to get us through all of our trials, valleys, and storms.
How can we neglect either one of them and still expect victory over our temptations, over our weaknesses, and over our selfish self daily?
Soldiers prepare for battle on their training ground.
We prepare for battle on our knees.
God is our commander.
He is the One who goes before us and tells us how to get through one more day.
But how will we know what road to take next if we don’t follow the Good Shepherd who is there to lead us?
How will we know to escape the darkness if we don’t fall into step with the light of the world?
How will we find peace in the middle of our storm if we don’t spend time with our Prince of Peace?
How will we live in truth if we don’t fill our minds and our hearts with the One who is truth Himself?
Just like manna in the desert God wants to fill us with a fresh new word every day.
A Word that we can stand on, be encouraged by, and live.
We need to stop trying to live off of the remains of yesterday’s sermon, yesterday’s Bible reading, or yesterday’s prayer and start living with what God wants to say us today through His Word.
Just like soldiers preparing for war God wants us to put on His armor for battle every day as He trains us to withstand the schemes of our enemy.
If it’s hard for you to read the Bible and to pray that when you need to do it most.
The enemy knows that’s where your strength comes from and he will do absolutely anything to keep you away from reading it.
Because there is power in those words.
There is love and encouragement in those words.
There is freedom in those words.
The place for God’s Word is in your mind and in your heart, not collecting dust on a bookshelf.
It will never help you if you leave it un-opened and un-read.
Today… don’t skip your meal.
Don’t neglect the very Words and Presence that has the power to set you free, to prepare you for anything you will face, and to fill you up with joy and strength one more day.
Always be ready to face your battles by reading God’s Word and getting on your knees.
Be blessed and keep filling your heart and your mind with God! –Anna… ♥
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” -Ephesians 6:11