Have you ever heard of “dead week” or hell week?
Let me tell you about it…
Dead week is a term used by college students to describe the week of or before final exams. During this week students typically prepare for exams and papers by pulling “all-nighters” typically relying on coffee and energy drinks. As a result, many students suffer from sleep deprivation, are highly irritable and stressed OUT!
I remember as a college student, during this week the dorms often required near silence to help students focus and study.
This past week has been a doozy to say the least, and it feels like it is the adult version of HELL WEEK – it has been inclusive of high stress levels, lack of sleep, an adjustment to my routine, and I have been HIGHLY IRRITABLE.
You know, one of those weeks where everything that you were not ready for and never even really expected to deal with happened and pretty much knocked you off your darn feet kind of weeks.
In my normal fashion it has had me reflecting over the last couple days – over everything really. But most importantly reflecting over me, my actions, my thoughts, my wants, my needs, my everything.
Lately I have noticed a propensity to just want to give up in times like this. I get to feeling so defeated that I wonder what the point of it all is. What am I working for? And does any of it really matter?
This past Sunday, we had a sermon concluding our CLIMB series entitled “Effectively Completing Your Christian Climb”. The main point was that many Christians don’t have a problem starting the climb but fall short when it comes to finishing the climb.
Do you see where I am going here…? If not just follow me.
I woke up Monday and decided I needed some time for me. So I decided to go in to work late to allow myself a few hours, which are very rare, and when they exist they fly by.
In this time I opened up my word, and the scripture that came up first was Psalm 126:5.
This is what I gathered from all of this, and what I hope to share with you.
Christians are not exempt from Hell on Earth
…and in fact at times it can be harder than not.
The devil seeks to destroy those who are trying to live a life for Christ. He will use anyone and anything to plant seeds of doubt, disbelief, and discontentment which can lead to wanting to give up, being depressed, and a whole host of things.
Every step that you take towards honoring God will make the enemy more shook and feel the need to take you DOWN!
The enemy wants you to go to Hell
At the point in time that life throws you so many curve balls that you decide to give up, the devil yells out “GOT EM” and throws a celebration in your honor welcoming you to where he wants you to be, right in the pitts of hell.
While you may be the guest of honor, you are in no way being “honored”.The enemy wants you to and is counting on you to give up! DON'T.... Click To Tweet
Stay on the path that God has before you and finish the course even when it gets hard.
Seeds that are planted will grow
Most times the struggles that we encounter are the harvest of seeds that we have previously planted. So even when we make changes to our lives and decide to live for Christ, we will still bear the harvest of those seeds we planted before. But the seeds that you are planting along your Christian walk shall bear much fruit. Don’t be discouraged for what is planted will grow.
No matter how full you think you are, you have to continue to feast on the word of God and fully dress yourself in the full armor of God.
Can I tell you guys something? Lets enter into the judge free zone mmkay? K.
Lately life has gotten so busy, I haven’t picked up my bible, looked at the bible app outside of church or really touched any part of the word except in some of the books that I have been reading for leisure.
But to be absent from God’s food (the word) and feasting on everything else (the world and everything in it) is a guaranteed way to come up malnourished. While you may feel full, if you are not being fed with the necessary nutrients you might as well not eat at all.absence from God’s food & feasting on everything else guarantees malnourishment... Click To Tweet
We can easily be distracted by our jobs, our schedules, and even our families that we end up left malnourished and almost starving.
So I offer up this small bit of encouragement for you, and for me: Look at what is on your plate, and determine what is filling you up but not keeping you full and fulfilled and take it off the plate. What has you feeling bloated and stuffed?
I further would like to encourage you to finish the course, be encouraged and continue on the path of planting seeds that bear good fruit.