The other day, I started a YouVersion Bible study called Revealing Jesus with Darlene Zschech and boy, is it good. The devotionals are short and sweet, but they have been speaking to this heart of mine. On the first day, Darlene shared about vulnerability. So much truth in the words that she had written.
I quickly filled a journal page with good points, but one thing she mentioned sunk down deep. She said that there are places, times and conditions when / where we are more vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. She then went on to say that she needs God time, family time, thinking time and creative time for her soul to stay strong. When her soul becomes weary, she finds herself more vulnerable to waves of depression and insecurity.
In my mind I was thinking, "I deal with that all the time!" and I do. I usually call it *the funk* but now I know it's simply because I haven't been taking very good care of my soul. I've been skimping out on God time and I believe it has caused me to have no motivation for thinking, creating or even spending quality time with my loved ones. It has left me open to the enemy. It has left me vulnerable.
Since I began setting more time aside to spend with God every day, I've noticed a change in my heart and in my demeanor. No more depression, no more insecurity. Joy and peace have taken their place. I should know by now that if I'm not spending time with God, the devil is going to use it to his advantage. He's always looking for areas of weakness in our lives. He likes to sneak in and cause division between us and God.
It's so important to be aware of the various ways in which satan works against us. We need to guard our mind, our will and our emotions (our soul) so that he doesn't find a way in. I'll just leave you with this:
1 Peter 5:8 — "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil
prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."