There is a lot going on in the room in which we sit that is very real yet unseen. Not only are we surrounded by a huge spectrum of electromagnetic radiation carrying hundreds of radio programs, television channels, text messages, and cell phone conversations, the Bible says that there is an abundance of spiritual agents, both good and bad, vying to influence our thoughts, affections, and priorities. While the world has long since made a caricature of the white angel sitting on one shoulder and the red demon on the other, we should never let such mocking dissuade us from the truth of what God says is going on all around us. How unfortunate that the world’s scoffing has lulled many Christians into being ignorant of the enemy’s schemes (2 Cor. 2:11). Though we interact with human beings all day long, we are informed that much more is actually in play. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood” the New Testament warns, “but against cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil” (Eph. 6:12). God, of course, doesn’t want us preoccupied with our spiritual enemies, but he does want us to “armor up” every day with an effective defense (vv.13-18). So let’s keep in mind the unseen realities today and always be spiritually prepared to combat the shrewd work of our spiritual enemies.
-- Pastor Mike
A grateful heart recognizes God’s grace and blessing at every moment, in every circumstance. We could consume all of our time and attention focusing on life’s difficulties, but the Bible says that would be a mistake (not to mention a good way to make ourselves miserable, bitter, envious, and faithless). Because God is great and most worthy of praise (Psalm 96:4), we are never short of good and awesome things for which we should take note. In obedience to God’s Word, we must turn our hearts and our voices to Him in joyful thanksgiving.
In Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Nancy Leigh DeMoss talks about the why, when and how of giving thanks according to God’s Word and how gratitude has the power to change our lives. The book also includes helpful bonus materials, including a list of thanksgiving hymns and a 30-day devotional guide to gratitude. Make sure you get a copy for your home. Request Choosing Gratitude with your donation of any amount this month.
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