My husband purchased a black metal box from the discount aisle at a local store. At least that’s what it looks like to me. This box is a target box and it will be used to capture bullets that are shot for practice. My husband is an awesome shot who has even competed in contests. Still he practices.
Two things God wants us to know this morning. One is – the enemy will continue to practice his menacing shots on believers until the end. The other is – we must continue to practice our faith against the wiles of the enemy until Jesus comes to get us.
Oh beloved, the target of the devil is your mind. You’ve been taunted, belittled, and lied to. This one single enemy has with him a barrage of lies that won’t quit. His desire is that you give up, give in and give way. Steal, kill, destroy.
But you are blessed! You have the Lord of Heaven’s Armies with you! You have the King of the Universe with you, beside you, before you and within you! Every time you practice the truth the enemy loses place in this continuing war for your faith. This morning as you wake up you will be ahead of the fight as you praise the Lord, worship Him and read His word. Pick up that Bible and read it out loud! Put on the cd and play it in your home. Take it with you and play it in the car. And praise the Lord one shot after another! Feeling down hearted? Praise God for your heart fully belonging to Jesus! Thinking it’s hopeless? Praise Him again for your hope is solidly in Him! Hearing a bad report? Remind the Lord that you will believe His report alone!
“God loves me and He’s for me!” That is the one two punch no enemy can stand against! Rejoice with the Father that you have been clothed in righteousness, you are faultless before Him. He designed you, created you, blesses you, heals you, defends you, forgives you and loves, loves, loves you! Remind yourself that your weapons of warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of enemy strongholds wherever they are. And rest in His promises as you walk with triumph in the Light of His Truth about you!
I Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand
2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
Psalm 71:7-8 My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising You; I declare Your glory all day long.