"For our weapons of war are not carnal, but mighty in God, capable of destroying strongholds." 1 Corinthians 10:6 (NKJV)
Hitler's army began marching across Europe as his desire for power and territory intensified. With its tanks and technologically sophisticated weapons, the German Army advanced. Some underdeveloped nations' armies tried in vain to repel Hitler's assault, striking back with spears and even rocks. Because these countries were unprepared for the showdown, it was no contest at all.
Satan and all who fight him are in the same boat. Many of his victims are completely unaware that a spiritual battle is taking place. They are easily deceived by the devil. Christians should be aware that we are in the midst of a major spiritual battle, despite the fact that many do not believe it. Even more disturbing is the fact that many "warriors" do not comprehend the nature of Satan's plots or strategies, nor do they comprehend the weapons that God has provided for our protection.
The continual spiritual conflict is clearly stated in Ephesians 6:10-20. It not only tells us about our battle with satanic strongholds, but it also cautions us about what we should do if we don't use the weapons God has given us. We may not be able to accomplish much. What are our divine weapons, according to the Bible? They have the ability to demolish Satan's strongholds and repel his attacks. We have the advantage of winning spiritual battles because we are better equipped. So never imagine yourself losing the battle against the forces of hell.
THOUGHT CONTROL: Our arch-enemy has already been defeated.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for arming me with the weapons I need to defeat the enemy's armies.
"Catch the foxes for us, the small foxes who ruin the vines, because our vineyards are in full bloom" (Song of Solomon 2:15, ESV).
"Little leopard becomes large leopard, and big leopard kills," explains the Jungle Doctor in the animal story series. Little foxes are similar to small leopards in that they appear innocent but are lethal. The small foxes are those insignificant details in our lives that have the power to bring us down.
We all have our justifications for losing our cool or allowing dirty ideas to enter our heads. Worry, anxiety, envy, pride, an unforgiving spirit, hatred, and a slew of other wicked upheavals are all too common in our lives. They're the small foxes who are wreaking havoc on our vineyard. They become blemishes on our otherwise admirable work. They desecrate the vineyard and stifle our productivity.
Joshua had no trouble with fortified Jericho or powerful giants. He triumphed over all of them. Except for three small settlements he left unconquered: Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod, his story was one of enormous triumphs. He walked away from them not because they were too powerful, but because they didn't seem to matter all that much. They didn't appear to be able to harm the Israelites in any way. These same villages, however, later became thorns in the Israelites' flesh (Judges 16:1,21; 1 Samuel 4:1 and 1 Samuel 5:1 and 1 Samuel 17).
MANAGEMENT OF THOUGHTS
There are no "minor transgressions."
PRAYER: Lord, I need your aid to stay on the lookout for nagging sins.
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