My morning devotional time (over coffee) has become a staple for my life. I treasure the time I spend in the morning, meditations on Gods word and talking with Him. I’ve been studying the Bible through an Ap called Mission 119 for the past 70 weeks (yep, over a year). I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Pastor John Stoper!
I recently expanded my morning devotion to learning more about spiritual warfare. I truly believe we are at war, and the closer we get to Christs’ return the more battles we’ll face! My word of the year this year is PREPARE… so I am preparing as best as I know how for those spiritual battles: By learning all I can.
Lately, in addition to my 119 study, I’ve been studying the pub Youversion… different studies that last 3 to 5 days, all on the topic of Spiritual Warfare
This weeks’ study was by Mark Driscoll, and Day 4 was particularly impactful so I thought I’d share.
“The key to catching fish is knowing what kind of bait they like. Once you get the right bait on the hook, the rest is pretty easy. You drop it in front of the fish, they swim up, bite the bait, and overlook the hook.
You would think that at some point the fish would catch on to this ploy. Nope. The fish never learn, and the same old bait-and-hook method works every time.
People are a lot like fish. The devil and his demons figure out what bait we like and dangle it in front of us. Like a fisherman, the devil couldn’t care less what bait we prefer. He will gladly give us sex, money, power, success, comfort, drugs, alcohol—pick a preference. Like fish, we continually swim right on up and take the bait, forget about the hook.”
Don’t forget about the hook, my friends… the devil would like nothing better than to destroy our relationship with Jesus.. prepare for your own battle by learning they voice God and discerning His over the devils. By knowing God and His word well, we can learn to recognize imposters.
I pray today that the Lord would fill you with an insatiable appetite to know Him!
Holy Spirit, I implore you today to fill my friends and draw them to desire to know You more… to learn and study and prepare to battle the devil. Fill us with desire to know the schemes of the devil so we’d recognize the battle for what it is. Give us weapons to prepare and courage to fight. In Your Holy Name I pray, amen
Be blessed today, my friends!