October 17, 2019
2 CORINTHIANS 2:11
Life is lived differently when we are fully aware of who our enemy is and what he uses against us. Every good war strategist knows that in order to win the war you have to know your enemy. Not that we should give him attention. But we should definitely know his devices. Right before this verse, Paul is talking about forgiveness. Who do we have to forgive? Anyone who offends us. Why? Because offense not forgiven turns into bitterness and resentment…and those are soul wreckers. The enemy never has to lay a hand on you if he can get you to carry unforgiveness in your heart. It will destroy you from the inside out.
But what if you see him for what he is? A liar and a thief. What if you recognize that his devices are unforgiveness, resentment and offense? What if you choose to never take those things on as your own? What if? We could live free. We could overcome and live in peace. It’s amazing what forgiveness does for a heart.
As we go into the weekend, do not be unaware of your enemy’s devices. He is scheming to destroy you. Recognize him and move on, laying down the things that would trip you up.
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Lord, I can see where the enemy has tried to get me off track. I can see where he has used my own feelings against me. But I refuse to let him have my joy. Today I choose to forgive, to let go of resentment and regret. I choose to love and extend grace in every area of my life. I am not unaware of the schemes of my enemy, but I am also very aware of the greatness of my God. Where I feel weak, Lord, will you give me strength to overcome. In Jesus name. Amen.
Be Still –
Now just sit quietly with God, think about the scripture you read, re-read it if need be. Spend the rest of the 15 minutes just being with God.