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This morning I awoke to the sound of gunfire.  I could hear the bullets whistling by my ears, and exploding into the wall just above my head; or maybe it was just my alarm clock going off.  Either way, I was in a daze, and knew that I had to get moving. 

Every morning the enemy waits beside my bed, fighting to make sure that he gets my first thought of the day.  He understands what a prize that first one is, because if he can get it, he knows that he’ll probably get a fist full of others in the bargain.  It’s even better for him if he can infiltrate a dream, because it almost assures that he’ll get that first catch of the day. 

Stumbling around in a dark and quiet house, in a half conscious state, makes me a great target too.  He can get miles out of a stubbed toe, or a step onto one of the little landmines that the kids may have left in the hallway. 

How I choose to handle these first moments of the day can set the tone for the whole rest of it.  God’s direction is clear, this is the day that the Lord has made, so I should be rejoicing in it (Psalm 118:24), and I need to choose this day who I will serve (Josh.24:15). 

Some might see this as a little dramatic, but this is the battle that we face every day.  I don’t wake up every morning “feeling” like jumping out of bed, or looking forward to what I’ll face during the day; but I know that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov.23:7).  How I think about my life, about myself, about others, about my situation, about God… will dictate what will be reaped over the course of a day. 

If I dread the day, I will likely have a dreadful day.  It is the self-fulfilling prophecy.  To engage in this battle I must remember that though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons that we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2Cor.10:3-6).

When it says the knowledge of God, it doesn’t mean our knowledge of Him, but what He knows, which means that every thought that doesn’t line up with what God says gets cast out; especially when it comes to what God says about us; who He made us to be, and His plan for our lives. 

We need to pick up the sword (i.e. the Word of God), and start using it to shut up our enemy.  We need to be as ruthless with him as he is with us.  Let God be true and every man a liar (Rom.3:4).  Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world (1John 4:4).  If we believe this is the truth, we must move on to living by it.

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