Navigating Your Seasons of Change
Spiritual lethargy and complacency will cause you to become an easy target for a sneak attack. In boxing, it is not the punch that you see that causes the most damage... it is the punch you don't see that usually knocks you out.
Donald E. Graham, Jr., Shows Readers How to Navigate Seasons of Change in New Book
My wife and I discussed the above topic during one of our recent talk-show segments and I felt compelled to write about it. It was a very engaging and thought provoking discussion about the importance of using prayer in conjunction with watching attentively. In fact, Jesus spoke very plainly about this subject to His disciples in Matthew 26:41, when He said, "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation... " He said this immediately after admonishing them earlier in the same chapter for not 'keeping watch' with Him while he was agonizing in prayer in the garden of Gethsemane.
I would like to stop right here and ask why are we often willing to pray but often unwilling to do the due diligence of watchful vigilance? I wonder if it is because we have become comfortable with the thought of serving an omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent God, who is able to do all things. Perhaps we think that if we just have a little talk with Jesus, and tell Him all about our troubles, we can just sit back, kick up our feet and let Him handle everything for us. I would beg to differ. It is our responsibility to watch as well as pray because our adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking his next victim to devour. What it essentially boils down to is the fact that we are in a fight. I would submit to you that the worse type of fight to be involved in is one where you didn't even realize you were in a fight. As Christians we are engaged in spiritual warfare every single day.
Spiritual lethargy and complacency will cause you to become an easy target for a sneak attack. In boxing, it is not the punch that you see that causes the most damage... it is the punch you don't see that usually knocks you out. Just ask Manny Pacquiao! Even as a nation, we can see the consequences of not being vigilant. The terrorists that attacked our great nation on September 11th knew that they could not stand toe-to-toe and fight against the world's preeminent superpower. However, they realized that they could strike a deadly blow if we were not paying attention. So while our country was preoccupied with the sexual misconduct of President Bill Clinton and the ensuing impeachment process, we didn't even notice the terrorists who were planning an assault on our nation right up under our noses.
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