Daily Archives: June 19, 2017
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Perfect | guest post
S~ God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. 2 Samuel 22:31 (NLT)
O~ This is part of the song David sang to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from his enemies and from Saul.
A~ *God’s way is perfect -> But I have to choose Your way! there are often MANY other paths that are very tempting. Yours is perfect. PERFECT. Always the best choice!
*All the Lord’s promises prove true -> ALL Your promises. ALL.
* He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection -> I have to look! Requires some effort on my part!
P~ I love Your Word. Thank You for these reminders.
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!
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