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Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - Apr. 3, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009 

A Critical Time  

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. 
—Romans 13:12

We are living in a critical time right now. I think all of us agree that the devil is working overtime. He knows his days are numbered. He knows his judgment is sure.

Thus, he is doing everything he can to wreak havoc until the day he faces his judgment. That’s why we need to get busy—because every battle counts, every day is important.

The apostle Paul wrote, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day” (Romans 13:12–13).

It’s time to put our armor on, but first we need to cast off the works of darkness. Be done with the compromising life. Be done with trying to live in both worlds. Let's suit up. Let's get busy.

I don’t want to frighten you with this warfare rhetoric and make you think you are going to be overwhelmed out there. It is true that there is a devil who tries to trip us up, but it is also true that our commander-in-chief will lead us to victory if we stay close to Him. Remember, “The battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47).

The battle cry, the cry of victory went forth from the cross when Jesus hung there with the nails in His hands and feet and He cried out, “ ‘It is finished!’ ” Those three words reverberated through heaven and hell. I’m sure every demon heard them.

So now I can stand in the victorious strength of Jesus. I can fight for Him as He works through me, marching on, taking ground for the kingdom.

I promise you—your life will never be boring as a spiritual soldier for the Lord!

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