I’m starting to get the feeling that a big part of coming closer to God is slowly eradicating Satan’s influence. There have been things in my life that I didn’t know were part of Satan’s plan for me. A month ago, our church asked us to take a 10 day social media fast so I deleted Twitter off of my phone. At first, I couldn’t wait to put it back but slowly, I saw how my mindset and general attitude have changed. I haven’t put it back on my phone. I deleted Spotify too; I was listening to music that wasn’t uplifting all day and I’ve discovered you just have to be careful what you put in your brain. There were certain shows that I’ve always watched and suddenly couldn’t coexist with the peaceful feelings the Spirit brings. But these were all the easy things to get rid of. Of course profanity drives away the spirit. Of course contention takes you further from God. But there were corners in my life where I didn’t know Satan was hiding. My need for credit, for example. Suddenly, I was demanding credit for even the tiniest things. Because I got rid of these obvious bad things in my life, Satan was pushing these new buttons that I never knew were his back up plans. Slowly, I’m trying to identify them and refine myself bit by bit to become more like the Savior. To change my nature, which was all I wanted in the first place.
Happy Sunday, everybody.