“Satan is not afraid of your words, but he is afraid of God’s Word.” - Rick Warren
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of 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. - Ephesians 6:12-13
Insidious: “developing so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary
With all its qualities, water has a problem. It has a few problems, but we’ll focus on one of them for now. It’s actually not necessarily a problem at all. It’s only a problem to us who have to deal with it. Water corrodes. It aides in the oxidation and decay of just about anything. It causes the metal on our houses and cars to rust. It causes wood to rot. And it makes our skin super wrinkly when we spend too much time in a hot tub. Ok, so that’s not a huge problem, but still... Speaking of water, kinda, have you ever noticed those stupid little packs of mystery in our bottles of pills? I hate them because they seem to be the only thing that wants to readily come out of the bottle when I’m simply trying to get a vitamin. Those packs are something called desiccant. They’re made to absorb the moisture in the air around them so that the pills or vitamins they protect stay dry and ready for consumption. In fact, most valuable items that are stored in containers are packed with desiccant to fight corrosion caused by moisture. Our lives aren’t much more different. Our minds, our spirits, and our souls can be corroded. Not by moisture of course, but by everyday life. The old adage, “You are who you associate with,” is true. Hang out in a gang? You’re going to be a gang member. Party with alcoholics? Chances are you’ll drink too much too. Associate with people who swear a lot? It will be hard to keep a clean mouth. What we collude with will collude with us. However, it’s impossible to completely segregate ourselves from all harmful influences. In fact, that’s not what we are called to do. Therefore, we need a desiccant in our lives to protect us from the things that would destroy our lives. The question is, what can serve as a life desiccant? There is only one thing... That is God. Spend time in prayer and meditation with Him. Spend time in His word. And spend time with His people. These things help to re-orientate our lives towards Him. Prayer helps us realize that we are mortal and weak. Meditation can clear our mind of distractions to focus on Him. His word teaches us what is right and true. And fellowship encourages us to keep going; that we aren’t alone in our struggles. Of course there are a myriad of ways to add God into our lives. The important thing is to add God into our lives. He is able to protect our minds, our hearts, and our actions. He is the desiccant able to preserve and save our souls from the insidiousness and corrosion of sin and temptation. “The Lord is good to those who wait on Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” - Lamentations 3:25 Let’s wait on Him. Let’s seek Him. Tired of being tarnished by this world? Let’s see what God can do in our lives.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,