Part 1: Protect Your Spiritual Life.
We are currently living in a new era of COVID-19; according to the experts, the best way to protect ourselves from the virus is to wear a mask, wash our hands often, use hand sanitizer and practice social distancing. It is not guaranteed that taking these precautions will ensure we don’t get the virus, but they will significantly reduce our chances of becoming infected.
Additionally, some people exercise, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to keep their physical body in good condition. They understand that if they eat fast food, consume fizzy drinks and live a sedentary lifestyle, the body will deteriorate, which will lead to sickness and premature death.
My question to you is what are you doing to protect your spiritual life? In order for the spirit to remain strong and healthy, it must be exposed to the things that will benefit it. You can’t watch TV and movies or listen to music full of negativity and expect your spirit to stay in good health. There are several ways you can protect your spiritual life, and one of them is by paying attention to the company you keep.
As believers it is important to understand that everything about our life is spiritual; we belong to the Kingdom of God, and each one of us has been given a specific assignment on earth. There are also people who belong to the kingdom of Satan, and they too have been given a specific assignment on earth which involves ensuring that the people of God do not complete their mission. Therefore, you must be on guard at all times, because not everyone in your social circle is on your side.
When you study the story of Samson and Delilah, you will find that her main aim was to find out the source of his strength so that the Philistines could capture him. He was so blinded by her beauty and his feelings for her that he willingly told Delilah that his strength came from his hair. The next thing he knew, she had cut off his hair, and the Philistines had taken him prisoner and gauged out his eyes.
This story highlights the fact that the devil can’t do anything to us unless he has the right information, so he will send people to get it. Delilah was Samson’s lover, she was a part of his inner circle, the enemy is not going to send a random individual to get personal information from you. The Romans would not have found Jesus if it wasn’t for Judas, and who was Judas? One of the twelve disciples.
Jesus knew exactly who Judas was; He had enough discernment to understand that He was connected to His destiny, but Samson did not. He was totally ignorant of His surroundings, he was consumed with his fleshly desires and as a result, the devil was able to encroach on his territory.
When you stay connected to God through prayer, fasting and studying the scriptures, your spiritual eyes will remain open, and the Lord will begin exposing the Satanic agents that have been assigned to take you out.
On another note, it is also important to keep negative people at arm’s length. I once heard a saying that,
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“It is easier to pull someone down from a table than it is to pull them up onto a table.” In other words, it is harder to remain in a positive state of mind than a negative one. Afterall, this world is corrupt, we are constantly bombarded with bad news, it is not hard to find something to complain about. When you are surrounded by people who are always gossiping, slandering and speaking all manner of evil, you are either going to wear yourself out by trying to steer the conversation in a positive direction, or you will end up participating in unwholesome conversations.
Your words frame your environment and shape your life; Ephesians 4:29 states, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Equally, Proverbs 6:2 says, “You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.” Words create, God spoke the world into existence, and He has given us that same power. For this reason, it is essential that you discipline your tongue, and when you are surrounded by people who don’t share the same values, this becomes very difficult to achieve.
May God bless the hearers and the doers of His word.