1 Thessalonians 5: 8-11: Some days it is hard to remember that we are children of the Light. Especially if we have been struggling with things of this world as my family and I have been this past week. False accusations at work, the septic tank failed, the roof leaking, a near electrical fire, and the car needs repair. We know God loves us and wants the best for us. We forget there is an enemy that is fighting against God day and night. He fights against God but trying to steal peace from God’s people. When he is hitting us with sickness, disease, or other struggles; we forget that we are to pray continually. It is because of the evil one that we have to pray continually. We have to pick up our armor daily. It is not just a Sunday habit. You know pick up the armor, go to church, and expect it to be strong all week. No, we have to pick it up conscientiously daily. Every morning when we wake up- before the cup of coffee- We have to pray. We have to ask God to help us through the day. We have to say thanks to God. Then go have the coffee and spend a couple of minutes in the word and prayer as you drink the coffee. It is a conscientious effort. I seldom wake up saying Oh Praise you Lord without thinking to myself, I need to take a second here and be thankful I am alive. I have to take a second and remember that I am a child of the Light. And even after years of practice, it is still done on purpose. The hard part is even putting on the armor and remembering that I am a child of the Light, the evil one is still out there attacking. Sometimes you are doing everything right, you are striving to be good stewards of your money and your possessions. You are working hard at showing the world love. You have read the Bible, surrounded yourself with praise and worship music. You have been faithful in your tithes and offerings. You have even done acts of kindness and Satan hits and he hits hard. When you follow and do the things, you are supposed to do, knocking on doors so to speak to find employment, worked diligently to clean up and clean out your house. Worked diligently on repairing things broken, and yet things fall apart. These are the times it is hard to press forward. It is hard to remain faithful. It is hard to say okay God whatever you want me to do, I will do, even if it means moving away so we cannot visit our son. Praying please wait until he is out and does not need so much emotional support. It is hard to say, God I am playing by the rules of light and yet … Why do I continue in the Light, when deep down I feel that if I just told the evil one okay you win, things would be easy. Then I remember eternity and realize what is a bit of suffering in this world compared to eternity. And the bottom line is I keep focused on Jesus because of eternity.
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith, and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.