One morning as I was making a cup of coffee I ran out of creamer and had to open a new container. I unscrewed the top and picked and picked at the protective seal underneath to no avail. I couldn’t get it to rip off for anything. Finally, out of frustration, I reached into the dishwasher and grabbed a knife and punctured a small hole in the top of the seal. After that, it was easy for me to put my finger in the hole and manipulate the seal for its ultimate removal. Coffee time!
This had me thinking about how the enemy works in our lives. As long as we stay sealed up in Christ the enemy can pick and pick but our packaging in Him remains strong. No wonder Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-3) felt such a compelling urge to get the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt to their full strength once again. Wherever there is a hole or a breach in any structure it allows an opportunity for an enemy to poke his nose into and gaining access to manipulate the circumstances of life. It makes his job easier.
Paul encourages us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Our diligence will pay off after a while. We must be like a wall without a breach. We must take our cue from Nehemiah to patch up any deficiencies in our spiritual walls. We are the ones who have to be “steadfast and unmovable” to have our work count in the end. If we stop building and maintaining our walls then they will fall to utter ruin and we will have nothing to show for our work.
We must work at the upkeep of all that God has given us. “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9). Our press matters. Our work matters. Our walls matter. We must continue forth with the mentality of Nehemiah when he stated, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down…” (Nehemiah 6:3). The enemy wants to thwart your work so that holes and weaknesses can be left for him to poke and manipulate. But, if we want to “reap” then we must not “faint.” We must push forth in doing good and leave the benefits to God.
Obtaining coffee creamer that morning was a struggle until I broke the seal. Don’t let the enemy break your seal. Stay covered in Christ and push forth until the end for your reward is coming. Now is not the time to give in or give up. If necessary, ask God to help you repair what is broken that you may be whole once again. Remain strong in God! You can do this!
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