Exodus 20:8-10, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it, you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.” (NIV)
Following God’s commands is one of the hardest things we have to do, and that’s not because they’re challenging to do; it’s because the devil will do everything in his power to stop you from obeying our Creator! I’ve learned recently that Shabbat, on Saturday, is one of the more difficult commandments because it’s an appointment that comes around every week and makes us stop to be with Him. It’s Satan’s worst day!
However, as believers, we need to decide whether or not we will listen to that little voice in our head that is out to destroy our peace or listen to the Word of God and the things He is telling us personally! Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood; it’s about powers and principalities of darkness! (Ephesians 6:12)
Shabbat can be easier when you’re alone or in your routine. Still, when you come out of that and are doing things like, for example, a detox, the enemy is going to try every play in the book to ruin this experience and stop you from continuing the work to clean out your temple.
We CANNOT let this happen! We are children of the Most High and have the authority to tell that little voice, “NO! I will not become downcast! I will not listen to the lies you’re telling me!”
So today, on Shabbat, I want to encourage all of you that no matter what you’re going through, take time to be in His presence and stop today. It may seem like a big thing to do, but it’s rewarding. When we don’t give the devil a stronghold, we will not only feel well-rested but revitalized.
Isaiah 58:13-14, “‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and YHVH’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’ The mouth of God has spoken.” (NIV)