“Man, I’m so tired, I just don’t feel like getting up and going to church today.”

Have you ever said or thought that? I know I’ve thought that many times over the years, and I must admit that a few times I’ve succumbed to the thought. Every time, however, that I’ve decided to get up and go, I’ve always felt better and was glad I did it.

So, why do we feel this way sometimes? I don’t really know the scientific answer to that, but I can speak as to why I believe it happens to me. Like many of you, my family is soooooooo busy doing so many things, I reach a point sometimes where I feel like I just need a day to reboot!

My wife and I work long hours Monday thru Friday, and I even work on Saturdays until noon. I get up at 6:00 am 6 days per week, and I don’t usually get in bed until between 11:00 pm and midnight each night because we have 13 year old triplets that occupy a great amount of our time when we are not working.

We have events to attend, meals to prepare, homework to help with, and on and on and on! When Saturday afternoon rolls around, we are trying to get the house cleaned, laundry finished, shopping for the week completed, and everything else done that we couldn’t get done during the week. If we don’t get it done on Saturday, we have to finish it on Sunday afternoon after church. I’m so busy that I have to do all my Bible reading while I’m at work!

Does this sound familiar? It’s a non-stop lifestyle that seems to get harder and harder as each year approaches. So for me that thought (I just don’t feel like getting up and going to church today) comes about because by the end of each week, my mind and body are totally drained. I think sometimes that if I just had a day to myself to do nothing, I’d be fine. I also believe that these are times when Satan works his hardest. He knows when people are drained mentally and physically, they aren’t thinking straight and become more vulnerable. He knows at these times, it’s easier to make the wrong decisions.

So how do we make sure to always make the right decision? It’s really simple isn’t it? I mean, I think we all know down deep what we need to do. We need to build spiritual armor. A mentor once told me to find someone who is where you want to be, learn from them, do what they do, and don’t do what they don’t do! I know it’s a little bit more complicated than that, but that statement is true. So what are some things we can do to help build armor to help make us less vulnerable during times when we are weak?

The same mentor told me of 4 things I needed to do to be successful. He was speaking to me at the time regarding business, but also told me it applied to being a faithful servant of the Lord.

Understanding these principles has really helped me stay on the right path. Do I veer off from time to time? Yes, but each day I grow stronger and try to get better. These are ideas that help me. I will try and do my best to explain them.

  • ADMIT: You must admit that you’re not where you want to be as a Christian and it’s your own fault. If you can’t admit this to yourself, then you cannot change your future. Once you do admit it and believe it, then you can move forward. The Bible declares that all men are sinners (Romans 3:9, 23; 11:32; Galatians 3:22)! There are two kinds of sin: 1) we sin when we break God’s Law (1 John. 3:4), and, 2) we sin when we fail to do what we know to be God’s will (James 4:17). In order for a man to accept the Lord, he must first admit that he needs Him.
  • SUBMIT: You must submit your ego to God. You are not in control, and you cannot get to Heaven on your own or believing the way you want to believe. The vast majority of mankind realizes that they are displeasing to God in the way they live their lives, and as a result, man has created thousands of religions, all aimed at establishing one’s own righteousness (Romans 10:3). However, the Bible says that to God, man’s righteousness is utterly disgusting (Isaiah 64:6). The lost sinner must acknowledge that his efforts are futile, and he must accept the fact he cannot save himself; he needs the Lord.
  • COMMIT: Commitment is like boiling water. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. 212 degrees is commitment. 211 degrees is just excited water. My mentor once again told me that 211 degrees is sweat, but 212 degrees is blood! “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (Psalm 37:5). Commitment is believing in something, and always doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it (see Galatians 6:9). When a lost person accepts the truth of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), and he commits to Christ by acknowledging Him as his Lord (Romans 10:8-11), he becomes a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17); he is born again (John 3:3-8)!
  • TRANSMIT: We must all strive to go out every day and spread the gospel to as many people as we can. We should always be upbeat around people and constantly be conveying positivity to those we meet.

A positive and negative thought cannot co-exist in your brain at the same time. We are a product of the people we spend the most time with. If we hang around negative people, we become negative. If we hang around positive, faith-based people, we become like them.

Another thing my mentor told me was that you’ll be the same in five years except for the books you read and the people you associate with. That’s also true of the people we meet. When they associate with us, they are learning from us. We are transmitting a message every day. The question is, what message are we transmitting? If we read and study the Bible and hang around faith-based people, our message will be positive in the eyes of the Lord.

If we don’t, then our message gives no one value. A born again believer not only confesses his faith in the Lord (Romans 10:8-11), he begins obeying the Lord’s command to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19)! A genuine born again believer will tell others about Christ, and if we confess it and profess it, the Lord will bless it, and in regards to salvation, we will possess it.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

- Rick S