DEFINING THE BATTLES OF LIFE…

EPHESIANS 6:10-13: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Am I defining my battles carefully? Do I understand who and what the real enemy in life is? These are important questions to consider each day. If we do not answer them correctly, if we do not view them from a Biblical perspective, we will find ourselves fighting battles that we are not meant to fight, and bearing the consequences of our lack of discretion.

Paul begins his treatise on the armor of God with this statement,

  • “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

In this statement Paul calls us to provision, position, and perspective.

  • Provision – our strength is only in the Lord and in His power.
  • Position – we must stand in readiness at all times fully clothed with the armor of God.
  • Perspective – we must identify our enemy and stand against his schemes.

We usually focus on the first two, provision and position. Where I find I get tripped up the most is perspective. I can err on either side of ignoring the enemy or in giving him too much attention and credit. Either pendulum swing is wrong. I need to identify the enemy and learn to focus on the Lord. This is the proper perspective in the battle of life.

What happens when I ignore the enemy? I fail to identify and understand his schemes (crafty and deceitful plans). If I walk in ignorance of his devices I can find myself easily tripped up in life and falling prey to the cyclical patterns of failure, guilt, and shame. The enemy knows our weak spots. He is always trying to set up situations where we can succumb once again to these weaknesses and attitudes. Yet, the Lord always is faithful, and will always provide a way of escape.

  • “No temptation has taken hold of you except what is common to mankind. But God is faithful—He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle. But with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 TLV

What happens when I focus on the enemy? I can begin to think that everything that happens in life is the result of demonic activity. The pitfall of this perspective is that I fail to take personal responsibility for my own actions. Another trap is that I begin to think that all the problems I have in life are someone else’s fault. I begin to blame my battles and problems on other people and situations. I focus on the external and ignore the internal matters of my own heart. This is why Paul writes,

  • “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

All of life’s battles ultimately are spiritual in nature. All of the evil in life is the result of sin and the influence of the enemy. There is nothing outside of my life that can change my life. The battle is fought and won in my heart. It is a spiritual battle. The only way I can win the battle against sin, death, and the devil, is through the power of God!

  • “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.”

When I recognize that my provision is only in the Lord, I stop looking for the solution to my problems and needs outside of His grace and power. I run to the cross and proclaim my sufficiency is in Christ alone.

When I recognize that my only victory is when I am positioned in Christ, I begin each day by putting on the whole armor of God. I put on HIs truth, His righteousness, His assurance of salvation, His good news of the Gospel of peace, the shield of His faith, the sword of the His Spirit which is the word of God, and prayer which is both in and guided by the Holy Spirit.

When I have the right perspective of the battles I face I resist the temptation of simply blaming the enemy, others, or my situation. I wise up to the schemes of the enemy. I see the battle lines clearly. The battle lines are my own heart and how I respond to the challenges of life. In every battle I am assured,

  • “You are from God, children, and you have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 TLV

Lord, help me to begin today by recognizing that my provision for all of life’s challenges and needs is in Christ alone. Help me to position my heart by putting on the whole armor of God. And help me to enter the day with the proper perspective, identifying the true enemy and battle, and taking full responsibility for my actions.

Jesus, be my victory!

In Jesus Name!

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HOW DO WE WALK IN THE LIGHT?

1FEB80EE-362C-4BB5-953E-B0C7CCC0DF60EPHESIANS 5:8-12: “For once you were darkness, but now in union with the Lord you are light. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them— for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that are done by them in secret.” TLV
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OBSERVATION: What does it mean to walk in the light? What does it mean to be children of light? Jesus, in His sermon on the mount, said,

  • “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭TLV‬‬

As children of God through faith, we are called to be children of light. Therefore, it is important to understand what it means to walk in the light.

The first wrong turn that is easy to make is to begin to compile a list of what it means to walk in the light. When we do this we begin to ever so subtly cast a net for our feet. Any return to the law will always produce the opposite of what we are trying to accomplish. When we place ourselves under a system of rules and regulations, we forfeit the grace of God, and lay a snare for our feet. We will surely trip up and fall.

Then how does a child of God walk in the light? How do we shine as lights in the midst of a dark and perverse world? It is not about following a list. It is all about cultivating our relationship with the Lord through the Spirit. Paul writes in these verses,

  • “For once you were darkness, but now in union with the Lord you are light. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”

It is in our union with Christ, through the Spirit, that we become light. As we abide in Christ, as we feed upon His Word, as we spend time with Him in worship and prayer, we find our light shining brighter and brighter. In fact, it is not our light at all. Rather, it is the light of His life that begins to shine through us. His heart becomes our heart. We find ourselves naturally walking in the pathway of light and love through the leading of the Holy Spirit. As His love burns ever brighter in our hearts we become a beacon of His light to a darkened world.

However, there is a deceptive plan of the enemy to dim our light. He is always trying to lure us back to our former way of life. In our moments of weakness he strikes. This is what Paul warns the Ephesians,

  • “Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them— for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that are done by them in secret.”

We must resist the enemy firm in our faith. We must rise up in the power of the Spirit and walk away from all the temptations and traps that the enemy sets before us.

Yet, there is one additional trap we must avoid. That is the trap of curiosity. There is something in our old nature that makes us curious about the things of darkness that we do not know. Paul calls us to resist the temptation to “check them out.” Rather, we are called to expose them. And, we are not to even mention or learn about the things that are done in the cover of darkness. Wisdom and discernment are needed.

The enemy will try to convince us that we are just learning about these “hidden things” so that we can resist and expose them, or help others to resist them. This is self deception. Paul’s call to expose them is not to learn about them, it is to simply let our light shine. You don’t need to understand everything that is in the darkness to expose the darkness. All you need to do is shine a bright light. As we live in the presence and power of Christ, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we naturally expose the works of darkness through our lives. As the fruit of the Spirit is growing in our lives it stands as a stark contrast to the works of the flesh (darkness).

It is this light that both protects us and draws men and women to Christ. Is it any wonder why the enemy tries to dim our light? When we shine brightly we stand as a lighthouse to a fallen and dying world. When our light is put under a bushel the pathway to life is concealed. We need to shine forth as children of light! We need to allow Jesus to live through us in all goodness, righteousness, and truth!

Lord, this morning, help me to let my light shine. Give me wisdom and discernment to avoid the pitfalls and the traps that are set to extinguish Your light in my life. Let me shine forth brightly in the power of Your life and love. Holy Spirit, draw me ever closer to the true light of life, Jesus Christ my Lord!

In Jesus Name!

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A PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH AS THEY GATHER TO WORSHIP…

EPHESIANS 1:15-23: “Therefore, ever since I heard of your trust in the Lord Yeshua and of your love for all the kedoshim, I never stop giving thanks for you as I mention you in my prayers— that the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, our glorious Father, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in knowing Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the richness of His glorious inheritance in the kedoshim, and what is His exceedingly great power toward us who keep trusting Him—in keeping with the working of His mighty strength. This power He exercised in Messiah when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heaven. He is far above any ruler, authority, power, leader, and every name that is named—not only in the olam ha-zeh but also in the olam ha-ba. God placed all things under Messiah’s feet and appointed Him as head over all things for His community— which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” TLV

OBSERVATION: What a powerful prayer, filled with powerful promise! Lord, I join in praying this prayer over my life and the life of our church family as we prepare for worship this morning.

Heavenly Father,

• Grant us spiritual wisdom and revelation so that we might know Jesus in an ever increasing way.

• Open our spiritual eyes so that we might be strengthened in the hope of our calling, our glorious eternal inheritance in heaven, with all those who call upon the name of Jesus Christ as Lord.

• Strengthen our faith so that we might understand the exceedingly great power that He is working on our behalf as we trust Him.

• Let us walk in His resurrection power, the same power the Father used when He raised Jesus Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in power and glory.

• Let us willingly surrender to His Lordship, for His name is above every name and power, in heaven and upon earth, both in this present time, and forever more.

• Let us give thanks for His Body, the Church, the community of God’s chosen and elected sons and daughters, the dwelling place of His fullness through the seal and guarantee of His Holy Spirit.

• Fill us with the love of Jesus in and overflowing way as we partake of HIs fullness.

In Jesus Name!

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WHAT IS THE MAIN THING?

210F3D46-1164-4724-ADF9-00C6351339BEGALATIANS 6:14-16: “But may I never boast—except in the cross of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Through Him the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything—but only a new creation. Now as many as live by this rule— shalom and mercy on them and on the Israel of God.” TLV
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OBSERVATION: A dear friend once told me – “The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing.” This statement has stuck with me throughout my life. And when I think about my walk with the Lord, it has kept me from straying off into tangents that were either wrong or unproductive.

What is the “main thing?” In the believer’s life the main thing is Jesus. It is not simply the teachings of Jesus, as this would simply make Jesus a great philosopher or teacher. Rather, it is the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. It is His sacrifice that has opened the way for me to have a relationship with the Father, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and walk in newness of life.

In essence – the cross is everything!

When Paul looked at everything he could boast about he chose one thing – the cross of Jesus Christ. Why? The cross is a dividing point. It is the end of our sin and the beginning of our new life. It is the call to surrender and the freedom to live. It is our victory over sin, death, and the devil, and our bridge to eternal life. In the cross of Jesus Christ we find everything – salvation, sanctification, and redemption.

Paul writes in Romans 6 that when we place our faith in Jesus Christ we are united in His death and resurrection. Our old man is crucified with Christ, and our new man is risen to walk in newness of life. The cross is the dividing point. And the cross points the way to our new life. The old hymn rightly refrains – “The cross before me, the world behind me…no turning back, no turning back.”

In Christ we have died to our old way of thinking, acting, and living. We have been resurrected to live a new life in the Spirit. This new life is counterculture to this world and all it stands for. We are liberated to focus on the things that are eternal as we hold lightly the things that are temporal. We no longer are to focus on outward appearances, but hunger for the true regeneration of the heart. This is why Paul says,

  • “For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything—but only a new creation.”

The enemy always tries to get us to return to trusting in the externals of life. Yet, the cross calls us to trust only in the internals. The internal of faith, hope, and love. The internal of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The internal of Christ in us, the hope of glory. It does not matter what I have or accomplish. The only thing that is eternal, the only thing that truly matters is – am I becoming a new creation?

This question takes brutal honesty on our part. Are my values changing? Are my thoughts directed to things above rather than things on this earth? Am I walking in the love and forgiveness of Christ toward others? Am I seeking to serve rather than be served? Am I a better person, a better man, a better husband, and a better father? Is the cross doing its full work in my life?

Lord, I hunger for the cross to do its full work in my life. Therefore, today I choose to boast in the cross of Jesus Christ my Lord! May I walk in its fullness and in its power. Change me from the inside out and make me a new creation in Christ Jesus!

In Jesus Name!

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IS SIMPLE TRUST ENOUGH?

GALATIANS 3:1-7: “O foolish Galatians, who cast a spell on you? Before your eyes Yeshua the Messiah was clearly portrayed as crucified. I want to find out just one thing from you: did you receive the Ruach by deeds based on Torah, or by hearing based on trust? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Ruach, will you now reach the goal in the flesh? Did you endure so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? So then, the One who gives you the Ruach and works miracles among you—does He do it because of your deeds based on Torah or your hearing based on trust and faithfulness? Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” know then that those who have faith are children of Abraham.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Is simply trusting God enough? The answer may seem to be obvious. However, our actions in times of trial and crisis show that the answer is not as obvious as it appears. We proclaim one thing with our mouth, and we do the exact opposite with our actions.

Paul is writing to the Galatian believers who were being led away from the purity of faith. False teachers had infiltrated this new church and were proclaiming that faith was not sufficient, they needed to also follow the Torah (the Law). Faith may have been a good start, but if they were really serious about growing in Christ, and walking in the miracle power of God, they needed to begin following the Old Testament Law.

This may not seem like a contemporary problem at first sight. Yet, all one needs to do is walk down the isle of a Christian bookstore, or turn on one of the local Christian television stations, and you will find the same error being propagated with a new twist. This error can be called Jesus – plus. Jesus plus the five steps to your healing. Jesus plus the 10 keys to your financial freedom. Jesus plus worshipping on a certain day and following a certain diet. And the list goes on and on.

Please understand that I am not throwing every Christian author and every Christian television show under the bus. This would be the height of ignorance and foolishness. However, I am simply trying to pull away the curtain to show how easy it is for people to replace a simple faith in Jesus with a system. The author may not even have had this as their intent. Yet, there is something in our nature that always hungers for a system, a codified program that we can follow and trust in. To simply trust in God runs against everything within our nature, our old nature.

Yet, that is exactly what Paul is calling the Galatians (and us) to do. He reminds them that they were saved by faith and received the Spirit by faith. They had no part in this, other than to place their full trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He now asks them about their growth in Christ, and the outworking of His miraculous power in their lives. Will it be any different? Do they need to add some steps to it? Is an observance of the Law (any program or steps) necessary for God to work in their lives?

His answer is a resounding – NO!

If we are saved by faith, filled with the Spirit by faith, then our growth, healing, and perfection in Jesus Christ will come the same way. In fact, when we move from faith to works we nullify the very power God in our lives. Abraham believed God and he was accounted as righteous before God through faith. When we refuse to move from our position of trusting, we too are the children of Abraham. When we get embroiled again in the works of the Law, we find ourselves trusting in a system rather than the power of the living God.

My heart breaks when this happens to someone who is desperately ill. I remember sitting at the bedside of a dear saint of God who was dying. They asked me, “I have tried to do everything that I know how to do, why hasn’t the Lord healed me?” They had read all the books, prayed all the prayers, and confessed Scripture after Scripture. I humbly and warmly counseled this person to let go of these questions and simply rest in the loving arms of the Father. I did not have the answer for their question, but I know the One who did. The only safe place to be was in the arms of the all powerful Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our God who heals us!

Think of the story of the disciples struggling in the boat at night. The waves and wind were furious, and Jesus was asleep on the boat. The disciples frantically begin to bail water, to no avail. Knowing they were sinking, they cried out to the Lord. All of their best efforts did not make a dent in their situation. Yet, when they laid down their buckets, when they cried out to Jesus, when works was replaced by sincere faith, Jesus intervened with a mighty “Peace be still!” In one word the Lord changed circumstances that all of their effort could not change.

This truth applies to every area of our lives. It does not mean that we do nothing. It simply means that we do nothing that becomes a replacement to our simple trust in the Lord. When Abraham believed God, God called him to travel to a new land to become a great nation. Faith was met with the call of God, and the call of God was answered with obedience. Simple trust brings us to the place where we will hear the voice of the Lord saying – “This is the way, walk ye in it…”.

Lord, forgive me for all the times I have placed my trust in a system, my works, or someone else other than You. Help me to lay my bucket down and call upon Your Name! Your Name is my strong tower. Today, help me to simply trust in You!

In Jesus Name!

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AM I COMPARING MYSELF TO OTHERS?

II CORINTHIANS 10:12-13: “For we do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they have no understanding. But we will not boast beyond limits, but within the limits of the area that God has assigned to us—to reach even as far as you.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Do I compare myself to others? Do I limit what God desires to do in my life because I am not content with what He is already doing? Is the grass always greener somewhere else, while I allow my grass to turn brown for lack of care?

Today we live in an age of discontent. It is fueled by a constant barrage of television shows and marketing campaigns that tell us our life would be fulfilled if only we won the coveted prize, or purchased the coveted product. Thousands audition to be the next great star, but only one wins. What happens to the ones who go home? What do they do with their gifts and talents?

We are always comparing ourselves to others. As Christians, inherently we know this is wrong, but we secretly do it anyway. Pastors judge their success by the size of their congregations and buildings. Teachers judge their success by their credentials and publications. Evangelists judge their success by the number of souls they have led to the Lord. Believers judge their success by the numbers of blessings they are experiencing in their lives.

Yet, there is always a church that is bigger, a teacher with greater credentials and publications, an evangelist who has held a bigger rally, and a believer who has received more blessings. What does the average person do? Do we simply stop trying, sink into despondency, and settle for less than God has intended for our lives? Or, do we learn to rejoice in the place that God has put us, and thrive within the limits of His calling for our lives?

Every life, every calling, and every person has limits. There are self imposed limits. We are never to settle for these. However, there are also God ordained limits. These limits are the boundaries of our personalities, our giftings, and our abilities. They are the boundaries that truly make us who we are and show the uniqueness of God’s handiwork in our lives. When we learn to run within these boundaries we find joy, fulfillment, and contentment. When we fight against them we live in continual disappointment and content.

The great Apostle Paul had limits.

  • “But we will not boast beyond limits, but within the limits of the area that God has assigned to us—to reach even as far as you.”

Paul was clear, he was not encroaching upon, desiring, or envying someone else’s work. The Corinthian church was his responsibility and his devotion because it was within his limits. Paul was not trying to impose his authority beyond what God had called him to. He was simply trying to be faithful within the limits of his God ordained calling.

What would happen in our lives if we did the same? What if we stopped lamenting the person we were not, the gifts we did not have, and the achievements we had not accomplished. What if instead we rejoiced in the person God has made us, focused on developing the gifts and talents we do have, and gave thanks each day for all the blessings and accomplishments He has blessed us with. When we take our eyes off of others we can truly be effective in becoming all God has called us to be. In turn, it is only then that we will find joy, fulfillment, contentment, and be truly effective in helping others.

Lord, this morning, help me to walk in the joy, fulfillment, and contentment of my calling. Help me to give you thanks for the limits you have placed on my life so that I can be truly fruitful and fulfilled. Help me to focus on developing all You have given me so that I can be truly effective in blessing others.

In Jesus Name!

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AM I UNEQUALLY YOKED?

II CORINTHIANS 6:14-16: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony does Messiah have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement does God’s Temple have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God—just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Am I unequally yoked? This seems like a strange question to ask myself. I have been married for 42 years to a wonderful Christian woman who shares my values and faith. I learned early on in my life that God did not bless missionary dating. So how can this Scripture apply to me? Does it have any relevance to my daily life?

So many times we misunderstand Paul’s statement and the conclusion that he quotes from Scripture at the end of this chapter:

  • “Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate, says ADONAI. Touch no unclean thing. Then I will take you in. I will be a father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says ADONAI -Tzva’ot (Lord of Hosts).” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 TLV

I hear many believers say, “If only I could work for a Christian company, then I would not have to put up with all of these negative and unbelieving people!” They misunderstand the Lord’s call to come out from among them. It is not a call to retreat to a safe bubble from the world and those who are unbelievers. It is a call to walk in sincerity of faith and holiness before the Lord. It is a call to go into the world as His light, shining brightly, refusing to put a bushel over our testimony and our convictions.

Paul corrected the Corinthians misconception of this teaching when he wrote:

  • “I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-10 TLV

Paul was called to win the lost to Christ. We are called to win the lost to Christ. We cannot do that if we are hiding from the lost, if we build a subculture that never allows us to interact with the lost. This is not what Paul is intending when he writes – “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers…”. It is not the matter of association he is addressing, it is the matter of partnership, participation, and pattern.

There is a definite distinction between the posture I take when my life if directed at winning the lost to Christ verses sharing in partnership with the lost. The one involves a posture of serving, the other a posture of approval and participation. Jesus ate with sinners and tax collectors. Yet, Jesus never participated or approved of their sin. Jesus simply came to serve them, love them, and be God’s light in the midst of their darkness. If they chose to associate with Jesus they were ultimately faced with a decision. They would either have to embrace His light, or they would retreat to their darkness.

The problem that I am confronted with daily is where to draw the line. When am I serving, loving, and letting my light shine, and when am I crossing the line and becoming unequally yoked? I believe the key to answering this question is found in understanding the concept of a yoke.

A yoke was used to harness two animals to fulfill a job. It could be to plow a field, or pull a cart. The Scriptures warned about yoking an oxen with a donkey. The two would end up working against each other, not with each other. The task would not be accomplished, and one of the animals would get injured. So the yoke speaks of a like mindedness, an agreement, an approval. When my actions and interactions cease from being expressions of selfless love to win someone to Christ, and become approval of their brokenness and sin, I have become unequally yoked.

How can I test my relationship to see if I have crossed the line? Paul uses three words in these verses – partnership, fellowship, and harmony. When I begin to give approval, either by my actions, or by my silence, to something that I now is wrong, I have entered into partnership. Jesus always loved the sinner, but He never approved of the sin. Partnership is approval. Approval leads us into the pathway of temptation as we are enticed to dabble in the very thing that we know is wrong. If unchecked, we find ourselves actually having fellowship with the very sin that we originally were hoping to help this person with. And when partnership become fellowship, its ultimate destination is harmony. Harmony is when we begin to look like, act like, and sound like the sin, and we have ceased in our effectiveness to help the sinner. In fact, we now have become the sinner.

There is a great pressure today to lower our standards of truth in the guise of tolerance. The world is calling us to offer our approval for beliefs and practices that God’s Word condemns as both harmful and ultimately damning. To give a pass to such sin is to encourage others to continue on the pathway that leads to eternal separation from God. And, to be pulled into the fray threatens our very fruitfulness and is targeted at stealing our eternal reward. It is a deadly scheme of the enemy of our souls and one that we must resist, steadfast in the faith. It is a call to true humility, brokenness, and love.

Humility, knowing that but by the grace of God, so go I. Brokenness, knowing that my strength is only in Christ alone. And love, realizing that His call to come out from among them is so that I truly can go to them. I will never be effective in helping someone who is lost and needs Christ, unless I am growing in the love of Christ and walking in His light. When I allow myself to fall into the trap of being unequally yoked, I put a bushel over my light. I begin to stumble, and I am totally ineffective in leading others to the Lord.

Lord, forgive me for the times when I have given approval to sin in any way. Also, forgive me when I have walked in self righteousness and condemned others rather than lovingly serving them and sharing the Good New of Jesus Christ with them. Help me to love and walk as Jesus did. Help me to walk in His love and light. Help me not to become unequally yoked.

In Jesus Name!

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