Traveling in Safety Devotional Reading and Podcast
Yesterday, I watched an interesting story of a woman [age 40 +] who restarted her life after a divorce. Her desire was always to travel. But could she live a rugged life with the uncertainties of which direction am I going in and where will I stay overnight? What about the finances? She weighed her life experience against the fear of the unknown and move forward by converting a cargo van [without windows] into a tiny home that revealed amazing creativity and functionality.
As she spoke about planning the van’s conversion, her primary goal in designing was to ensure her safety. A solo woman living the van life must always be on the alert. One of her never will do this–boondocking in isolated places. The best advice for those thinking about living full-time in a traveling home is to always be highly observant of your surroundings and join an online community of travelers eager to share their knowledge, wisdom, and experience to maintain a peaceful and safe lifestyle on the road.
As I thought about the intentional steps this van lifer took to ensure her physical safety and overall well-being, I reflected on the believer’s life. Is spiritual safety a priority for us? We know that Satan is our greatest enemy, yet, we have another enemy within. ” But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire” (James 1:14).
Ensuring our spiritual safety requires prayer, self-denial, and self-control.
Even the most disciplined person has a point of weakness. Learning and practicing self-denial and self-control is a joint effort and requires the Divine Intervention of the Holy Spirit. Even the apostle Paul had to admit that he was a slave to sin, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15, NIV).
Can you imagine a godly man who wrote most of the New Testament confessing that he also struggled with sin? Yet that same godly man also gave us the answer to staying safe in our spiritual journey, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
Maintaining the Highest Level of Spiritual Safety in Our Journey of Life
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Human Effort: Our safety foundation begins with a steadfast relationship with Christ. We must possess faith, trust, and obedience as core spiritual traits. Praying, Studying the Scriptures, Asking for the anointing, power, and presence of the Holy Spirit, and Evaluating our thoughts, behaviors, and lifestyle are daily responsibilities in keeping us spiritually safe. With a strong determination, we strive for the character traits of the Fruit of the Spirit.
What do you watch and listen to? What is on your enjoyment list? Who is in your social circle? “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Paul advises us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves with the community of believers. Maintaining spiritual safety includes having friends and mentors who help us stay on the Path of Righteousness through their prayers, joyful conversations, and godly advice.
Divine Intervention: “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it”(John 14:14). “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide a way of escape, so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
An intentional sin is an act of wilful disobedience. And that is a heart problem of disloyalty against God. Even if we do not commit intentional sins, we face spiritual warfare every day that places us in danger of compromising our relationship with God. “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
One of Satan’s best tactics is to deceive us by using our friends and family. Never say yes when asked to participate in any social function that does not glorify God. The best response is, “I have to pray about it” or “No, I am unable to do that.” And never apologize for turning down the invitation to engage in sinful activities.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Our Value to God: There is another aspect of maintaining our spiritual safety that many of us never think about, we forget that our worth was determined by Christ before humanity was created. When we pray and meditate on whom we belong to and the price that Jesus paid for our redemption, we realize that we are recipients of the greatest gift given to humanity by our loving Savior.
And Jesus tells us, “…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).
Although we can never anticipate the time or type of temptation, the Holy Spirit will make us aware it is Satan’s entrapment that has a dangerous outcome. To maintain our spiritual safety, every day we must stay spiritually alert by staying connected to the Source and Sustainer of our lives. Renounce every enticement of sin and learn to “Just say, No!” even if it originates from the desires of your heart.
Prayer: God, we confess the desires of our hearts are not in alignment with your will and plans for our lives. Lord, forgive us for placing ourselves in danger of sinning against You. We pray for Divine strength as we travel through this earthly journey. Thank you, for the Holy Spirit and the angels who protect us from spiritual warfare and physical harm. In Jesus’ Worthy Name, we pray, Amen.
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