Happy New Year! I haven’t written a blog post in over 4 months. I would try to write and couldn’t for what I thought was just some “strange” reason. This was a severe case of writer’s block. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t form a blog post out of my thoughts. Writing is something I really enjoy doing so it usually comes pretty easy for me. However, all of a sudden it became a struggle.
Doubt Set In
First, I began to question my gifts and talents. “Why did I ever think I was a writer?” “I couldn’t possibly think God wanted me of all people to share the gospel?” “Why did I ever think I was creative? I am not creative at all.”
Next, I began to even question my passion for writing and my purpose in God’s Kingdom. “Was I ever really passionate about writing in the first place? Is this really what God wants me to spend my time here on earth doing?”“Shouldn’t I be doing something else like working a job instead of sitting behind a computer with a pipe dream of blogging?”
I began to questions whether or not I could hear God at all. I started to disregard what the Holy Spirit previously told me and began thinking for myself. “Surely, the Holy Spirit would not tell me to quit my job and to pursue blogging.” “Maybe, I should find a job and go back to work.”
It’s Not Strange
I began to seek the Lord about how I was feeling. The Lord lead me to 1 Peter 4:12.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.
In this verse, Peter says that we should not think it is strange or unusual when faced with opposition as believers. The purpose of the trials we face in our life is to test our faith.The purpose of the trials we face in our life is to test our faith. Click To Tweet
God placed a desire in my heart to share the gospel of Christ as a Christian blogger. His purpose for me is to use my talent of writing to tell others about the good news of Christ to bring glory to Him.
If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. 1 Peter 4:11
An oracle is one that speaks the words of God; therefore, making writing the word of God a major responsibility. It is a responsibility that makes you especially susceptible to the enemy’s attacks.
The Enemy’s Attack
The Lord revealed to me that the enemy had been attacking my mind by causing me to doubt myself. He was using doubt to stifle my creativity to prevent me from sharing the good news of Christ. I was an easy target because I was only a babe in my online ministry. He wanted to do whatever he could to attack my mind to cause me to question what God told me so that he could stop me from sharing the good news of Christ. There was nothing “strange” at all about my writer’s block to God.
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 1 Peter 4:7
Peter tells us as believers to be serious about seeking God through prayer to keep us focused on God. He knows the attacks that will come as soon as a person becomes an ambassador for Christ. He urges us to “be sober and vigilant” because our adversary the devil is lurking around and looking for someone to try to attack. The devil can make his way right into our lives and use his cunning tactics to try to destroy us if we are distracted and not being watchful.
Resist the Devil
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
The Bible tells us to “resist the devil ” by submitting to God. During my bible study one day, the Holy Spirit quickened the first part of Psalms 46:10, saying to “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Instead of trying to force myself to try to write blog posts for the blog, I began to seek God with all my heart to overcome my doubts by studying His word. The Holy Spirit put it in my heart to publicly share my daily bible study on my Instagram page to encourage others for one month.
I compiled all of the practical wisdom I learned from seeking the Lord during that time in my eBook, 31 Days in God’s Word . This ebook has a daily devotional for each day of the month that is filled with practical biblical wisdom for your mind, behaviors, and circumstances.
Are you doubting yourself regarding something the Holy Spirit told you to do? With today being the first day of the year, make a decision to resist the devil and submit to God with your whole heart so that he can restore your faith. Like this post? Please share and follow.
Grace and Peace