June 10 Song of Solomon 1,2,3,4; Ephesians 6
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The Real Enemy | Kim Chipman
S~ For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
O~ This section of the chapter is about putting on the whole armor of God.
A~ …but FIRST, let’s identify the enemy! We are NOT fighting flesh and blood – my husband, my kids (even that really sassy one!), that person in my family that hurt me but won’t own it (because they are never wrong!), that guy at church that thinks he’s all that, that gal I work with that doesn’t do her fair share, that relative that grates my very last nerve at every family gathering, that friend on facebook with their passive/aggressive comments – not the enemy. They feel like it sometimes, but they are NOT. They probably feel like I am sometimes, too!
I am (we all are) fighting a battle I can’t see in the spiritual realm. I’ve been listening to a series of podcasts by Rick Warren called “The Invisible War“. He breaks down the battles we all face and how to live in victory through Christ. (really, really good stuff!)
The truth is, the evil one will do anything he can to pull me away from Your best for my life. Anything. When I don’t stay focused on You and Your truth he wins a battle here and there…thankfully I know who wins the war!
P~ Help me to remember that people – however difficult they may be – are NOT the enemy. Help me to keep focused on You and Your truth. I love You!
Discernment | Jill Terry
S~ Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 (NLT)
O~ I must know the Word of God to be able to stand firm in faith and to know when something is not quite right.
A~ I became a Christian a number of years ago, but discernment alluded me. It seemed all so overwhelming. I didn’t know what preacher to believe or what rules to follow. Everyone seemed to have a different opinion on what I as a Christian wife and mother was supposed to do and how I was supposed to behave.
Slowly, I began to learn and to trust God through most of it. However, my trust only came after many mistakes of trying to do things my way or the way other Christians told me to do them. It wasn’t until I started reading the Bible for myself and listening to what God truly had to tell me that I developed true discernment.
I have finally learned that if I stay in the Word, I am able to tell the difference between what God is telling me and what the enemy wants me to believe.
P~ Thank you Lord for leading me on this journey. It has been quite a ride and I wouldn’t be where I am today otherwise. Amen
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