So, this year, I had an amazing time at my church’s camp called, SummerFest. This is our church’s yearly camp that gives us the opportunity to get away from everything and just really have a time with God without the distractions of daily life. The speaker for the week was, Jason Curry (@JasonCurry). He speaks the truth of God in a way most speakers won’t. I definitely recommend you check him out.
Nearing the end of the week, Jason talked about how, we are in a sheltered environment at camp. A lot of distractions such as phones, other electronics, social media, and outside influences are removed for our time there. Therefore, we are able to experience God without those distractions. One thing that he said that stuck with me was, “This is going to be a fight.” There are so many people that need gospel right now. Now that we are equipped with the closer experiences with God, we are growing into an intensified struggle for the gospel. We will be tempted constantly by the devil, just as it says in 1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
The devil attacks people at their height and their high to knock them down. We need to be on higher alert than we were before we came to camp.
Another thing that Jason mentioned was, “Everything that was sitting there before we left for camp is still there and waiting for immediately when we get back.” We are promised that it will be a war. Going back to 1 Peter 5:8, the devil is waiting for us and is waiting for us to stumble and fall away from God.
Jason shared in Nehemiah 1, at that time, Nehemiah was the king’s wine taster, meaning he sat by the king and tasted everything before him to make sure that it wasn’t going to kill the king. Now, in Nehemiah 2, Nehemiah had prayed to the Lord about what he should do. The Lord told him he needs to go back to his home city because it was burned and destroyed. The King allowed him to go. The God of heaven will provide a way and give us a path to success.
Nehemiah went back home and started repairing the wall. Going forward to Nehemiah 6, we are going to face constant opposition just as he did. Nehemiah’s enemies started using distractions to get him to to come off the wall. Nehemiah’s response in chapter 6, verse 8 was, “What you are saying isn’t really happening. You are just making it up.” They continued to force opposition on him, and then they said his hands were weak. He prayed to strengthen his hands.
As Christians we need to stay on the wall that God is calling us to, and when we face opposition rely on God. We need to pray, “God make my hands stronger”. This will aid us in all situations.