Gone are the days where you no longer need to lock your front door, or can leave your car running for a few minutes while you run in to a store. We live in a time where everything needs to be protected or it will be stolen from us: We protect our private information so our identity doesn’t get stolen; we protect our homes with locks, alarms and cameras; we protect our pets with tracking devices; our airplanes are now outfitted with self containing doors to prevent hijackers from taking over.
Your spiritual life deserves the same level of protection. If you are not taking precautions to protect your connection to God, it can disappear right before your very eyes.
Here are a few security measures to implement to keep your spiritual life from being hijacked:
1. Resist connecting on the go. Would you be surprised if I told you that the most popular prayer time for Christians is in the car? While you may be alone and there is nothing wrong with connecting with God in your car, if this is your primary “God” time, you are missing out. How can you block out the world around you and truly hear from God when you have to stay inside the lines and not get hit by the wacko making an illegal U-turn? It’s not possible. God deserves your undivided attention. Make His time sacred.
2. Be sure your words line up with His Word. I know life can get hairy sometimes, and you just want to vent and complain about your circumstances, but your spiritual wellbeing can be hijacked if you are speaking words that contradict what God has to say. If He says that He will supply all of your needs (Phil 4:19), then stop worrying about finances. If He says that He forgives all of your sins, confess them and move on (1 John 1:9).
3. Go with God. If you know that you have heard from God, you can have your spiritual peace hijacked by asking advice from everyone under the sun. There is nothing wrong with seeking wise counsel, in fact that’s Biblically advised. However, you run the risk of getting confused by asking other people. Follow what He said and you will keep your peace.
We all desire to have a stronger connection to God. We all desire to have more peace in our lives. But if you are not careful, the demands of life can crowd out the importance of your spiritual health. Next thing you know, years have slipped by and your spiritual life has been hijacked.
Kris Reece, Counselor, Author, Speaker
What measures do you take to protect your spiritual well being?