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Weekly Devotion: Spiritual Battles
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Yes, Disturbing, alarming, and shocking. Please let this STOP! Oh geezers, I should have opened with “all is calm, all is bright”. I hope it grabbed your attention. Dual tragedies prompted this devotional: The unsettling mass shootings, and leaders announcing they are leaving the faith! (Serious prayer is welcomed.) Both events made national headlines and talk shows. These heartbreaking events are a sign of the intense spiritual battle over the times and the deep-seated unrest of the human heart. We have to know what we do, and why we do it. Both events compelled me to a revisit, reset, and reflect on a deep appreciation of a relationship with Christ. Let me describe, “What we do and why we do it?” The HOPE that comes from these: The Lord’s supper; with bread and wine we remember and confess our beliefs in Christ’s cross, burial and resurrection. Thank you, Lord, for your gift of salvation, eternal life, forgiveness of sins, and heaven! Prayer over our meals; we STOP and acknowledge God as our Source and Provider. It’s a needed pause of thanksgiving! The Bible is my friend; a gift to examine and gather daily bread. It’s a nourishment of soul and spirit to be able to grow in faith, truth, and wisdom. God reveals Himself in His Word. Going to church is gathering together to encourage one another to serve God with a whole heart and to do good works that our faith prompts us to do. “Faith without works is dead.” As we worship together we learn more about this amazing God we serve! Water baptism is a willingness to obey Christ and make a public declaration of one’s faith to follow Him. Sharing the gospel with others; when we really love God we want to tell others so they would know Him. Prayer and worship is a pouring of our hearts out to God, and finding a rest in the safe place of His presence. What we do produces a testimony that God is worthy. Why we do it is because God is #1 and retain an appeal to draw close and please God.

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