2 Peter 2:9 “?The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished“
The struggle to live the Christian life is not an unfruitful venture.
It is one wrought with the promise of victory and conquering. We often fail because we look to our minds and our flesh to fight. We have principles in our faith-based addiction program (RU Recovery) that speak to this very thing.
“You cannot fight a fleshly temptation with fleshly weapons.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 1 John 4:4
“It is not possible to fight a fleshly appetite by indulging in it.” Ecclesiastes 5:10; James 1:14-15
Our flesh rises to temptation for any number of reasons. We may have failed to guard our eyes and minds against the bombardment of images, music, movies, and influences that make the way easy for us to give in to sin.
We are tired or weak and feel we don’t have the strength to fight. It may be the enemy has subtly worked to pull our hearts away from our relationship with God and our church so that when the temptation comes, we are closed to the very power that we need to combat the temptation.
It may be the influences of those around us who have possibly let their guard down and compromised their walk and are inviting you to do the same.
It could be we’ve become estranged from the Word of God for a time, and its influence isn’t as strong as it should or could be.
Whatever it is that has taken us from a close, personal, intimate walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to confess our sin and repent of what has taken us from Him. Often, we are too busy to acknowledge our need.
It isn’t until some fruit of our failure arises that we see there is something wrong.
The daily routine of personal devotions is a deterrent to going too far for too long. The danger of isolation due to this virus is our need for social interaction in our churches. We miss out on the camaraderie, the opportunity to edify, encourage and admonish thee flock.
Watching a service online removes us from that personal touch. We can be distracted, get up to use the restroom or get food from the kitchen, take a phone call, or text our friend, none of which is conducive to the work of the Holy Spirit in our life.
So, the only real and tangible way for you and me to survive is to hold fast to a daily walk with God.
Our worship must begin personally for it to be effective corporately. A child of God must live in fellowship with the Father personally and not depend on others, their pastor, or their church for what can be achieved at home. These are not independent of one another but interdependent.
I cannot survive without a personal walk with God. I cannot last long without gathering with God’s people. We need both.
Pray for the churches that have yet to come back together. Pray for the children of God that are suffering because of this isolation. Pray that we can be the catalyst to help a brother or sister get back into fellowship with the Father.
To embark on that journey, we must first be right. Then, we will be able to see clearly how to help.