Director of Missions
Dr. Eric D. Cook
Spiritual Check-Up and the Devil’s Dime
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
We all know it’s important to get a yearly health check-up to make sure we are in good health and to address any issues that might arise from our doctor’s visit. We know that it’s in our best interest, and the best interest of those closest to us, to be in the best health possible. Yet, how often do we skip, neglect, or ignore going to the doctor for an annual health check-up. We rationalize that things will be OK, or we feel just fine and don’t need to go. Too many people have taken this position and paid a difficult price because of it.
The same applies to our spiritual health. Except, our spiritual health is even more important than our physical health. It’s so important that we should have a spiritual check-up every day! If we wait for the yearly revival or Easter or Christmas to stir us into allowing the Holy Spirit to do a spiritual assessment, we could fall gravely ill in our spiritual life.
Our physical, mental, and emotional health can also play a part in our spiritual health as well. Exhaustion in any of these areas can have a cascade effect and become very problematic for other areas in our lives. On top of this, we need to remain mindful that there are dark spiritual forces at work around us. Our enemy, the devil (ole’ Slewfoot), is actively menacing the people of God. His desire is to see you turned from your course of worshipping, praising, and following God. His operation is often subtle and covert. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). You may be on the devil’s menu. He may see you as the special for the evening and place and order for you. The Scriptures gives us clear actions to take to thwart the devil’s efforts. James 4:7 says, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The operative thrust of this passage is to ‘submit yourself’ to God. In your submitting to God you will find His strong hand of defense will enfold you and protect you; the devil will have to flee from you.
Just as we must take proactive steps to remain physically healthy, we, too, must be proactive in our spiritual lives so we might remain vibrant and alert. One of the best ways to be proactive in maintaining your spiritual health is to consistently have a spiritual retreat (assessment). Your quality time ALONE with God must be uninterrupted and focused. You must be intentional and guard that time and remain consistent in its practice. Especially those in spiritual leadership positions. The captains in Satan’s army are keenly aware that an all-out assault on God’s leaders will have a profound effect on God’s entire army of saints. We must remain diligent and purposeful in remaining spiritually healthy. There is too much at stake. There is too much to lose to do otherwise.
Serving the King Together