DayBreaks for 07/20/12 – It Makes a Difference
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) – 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.
There is a story that is told about a U.S. Army officer regarding his pupils during two different eras of teaching at the artillery training school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (Home of the Field Artillery). In 1958-60 the attitude was so lax that the instructors had a problem getting the men to stay awake to hear the lectures. During the 1965-67 classes, however, the men, hearing the same basic lectures, were alert and took copious notes. What made the difference in the class of 65? They knew that in less than six weeks they would be facing the enemy in Vietnam.
If we were to apply this to the Christian, it would go something like this: If you really believed that tomorrow you would be wrestling with the Devil himself, how would you spend today? How would your worship be different? How would your devotional life be different? How about your prayer life?
How did you worship this past Sunday? This week have you kept your quiet time with Him daily because you knew that every day when you woke that you would be facing all the wiles of the evil one?
Maybe our problem is simple: we don’t really believe we are in a battle. We may think it’s a nice little analogy that is meant to manipulate us into awareness and action, but we don’t really believe there is an enemy that is just waiting to tear us to shreds like an angry grizzly mother defending her cubs. Satan is that real, and more.
How will we prepare for the battle today? If we believe Ephesian 6:12, we’ll be deadly serious and pay attention to the Manual and the Teacher!
PRAYER: Create in us the sense of seriousness that is appropriate for the real battle in which we are engaged!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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