Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The days just keep moving forward. But some things have changed for this year. Ordinarily I put up Christmas lights around the house, but it’s different this year. The biggest reason is because of my back.

Don’t get me wrong it is getting better, but evidently it’s still not where it needs to be. I went in for what I thought would be my last visit to physical therapy. I had felt pretty good and was pretty confident that they would turn me loose.

I answered all the questions in the most positive way that I could. I shared how much easier I was getting up from sitting down and how my movement was so much better than it had been. After I answered all the questions I was asked to lay down and lift my legs a certain way. I was just supposed to say when it was uncomfortable so they would know when to stop.

After I went through everything, I was informed that there was still some work that needed to be done and I needed some more therapy. I didn’t know what to say. I felt like everything was moving in a good direction and I wouldn’t need anymore. But then I remembered – I’m a preacher not a therapist. I told them I would do whatever I needed to do; I just wanted to make sure that I would be able to move with no discomfort.

I guess they knew something that I didn’t because the very next day I woke up and could hardly get going. It seemed like no matter how I moved it hurt. It was then that I realized that I truly did need more therapy.

As I sit writing this I don’t seem to be bothered by any discomfort. I can get up and move around with little or no tightness. This makes me think that maybe I was just having an off day. But I’m sure that I will still need therapy to get me to the point where I don’t have any issues.

As I considered this it made me think about my spiritual life. You see there are times when my life gets a little off track. I’m not doing all that I should and my walk with Christ is not all it should be. I struggle with some issues and before long my spiritual life needs some therapy.

I seek to do some spiritual therapy each day. I spend time in prayer asking God to direct my path so I will walk in accordance with His will for my life. I read Scripture seeking for a word from the Lord that will help me get back to where I need to be.

One passage that has spoken to me is Ephesians 6:10-13. It says – 10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

In vv. 14-17 Paul goes on to share what needs to be done such as take up the full armor of God, stand firm having girded your loins with truth, put on the breast plate of righteousness, shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, take up the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

The spiritual therapy that Paul sets forth can bring us out of a spiritual struggle that has weakened us. It won’t be easy or happen quickly, but it will move us in the proper direction that will help us once again be spiritually strong.

I don’t know what you may be going through right now, but God does. So ‘take up the full armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm’. I assure you more therapy will keep you strong.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul