5 WAYS TO HAVE A SPIRITUAL SUMMER
If you are like me… I love the summer time! The warmer weather invites a week long vacation, weekend getaways, having friends over to hang out in the back yard in the evening, and fulfilling projects around the house… just to name a few.
Through the years of pastoring people, I have noticed on a personal level and as well with a multitude of Christians; that while we engage with the summer activities we disengage from spiritual activities. Allow me to present 5 things that I believe will help you maintain a spiritual summer. Don’t forget that satan would love to create a summer spiritual slump… he is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour! We are no exception.
1. SCHEDULE PERSONAL TIME WITH GOD.
- For some reason it is so easy for me to be distracted during the summer from my personal walk with God in the morning and evening.
- During your vacation be sure to schedule the time you will walk with God. If we do not schedule it… in most cases, we will not do it.
2. BE FAITHFUL TO CHURCH.
- The Bible says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25
- When you go on vacation… go to church. We cannot take a vacation from church or from our walk with God. This is when satan starts his foothold in our lives and begins the sly, slick, and subtle way of destroying our lives.
- By all means, do not stay home from church on Sunday to work around the house. This will begin the spiritual summer slump!
3. GIVE TITHE AND OFFERINGS.
- I desire to be under the blessings and favor of God. So even when on vacation, I tithe to the church of which I am a member. In my case, even if in Tennessee on vacation, I would give my tithe and mission offering to Bible Baptist of York.
- “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” – Malachi 3:10
- I do not use my tithe money to go on vacation or fix up the house. God says there will be a curse on my life if I rob God of His tithe to His storehouse, the local church.
- One of the greatest blessings of my Christian life is to be obedient to God in my finances through tithing.
4. PRAY & FAST.
- Take some time this summer to dedicate to praying and fasting. Maybe one day a month to seek the Lord’s face.
- In many cases, this is a spiritual life-saver! It is amazing how much of the flesh is crucified during the fast. The summer produces fleshly appetites. Therefore, I pray and fast to remain in the Spirit. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16
- “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” – Matthew 17:21
5. GO ON VACATION!
- Jesus said, “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” – Mark 6:31
- We live such busy lives! We all need to unplug this summer from the rat race of work and busyness to connect with our spouse and/or family.
- “rest a while”, Jesus said. When on vacation be sure to sleep good, engage in activity with your family, go to church, tithe to your home church, walk with God… and have a ton of fun!!!
- FYI. Vacations do not have to be extravagant or expensive. You can go camping or stay at an out of state family member’s home to keep it inexpensive. Also, state parks are mostly free and a lot of fun.
- Many people have told me, “I cannot afford a vacation”. There are a multitude of ways to be creative and yet inexpensive. Save, make it a priority, and budget it. We all need to rest.