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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

You may run into people who really irritate you today, but your problem is not with them.  We are in the midst of a great battle and this world is bent toward destruction.  Do not focus upon the one who seeks your destruction, but upon the One who gives and sustains life.  Flee wickedness and come into the presence of the Lord.  Know that in Him is all hope and an eternal future.

Lord, You know the state of the world and all of the difficulties that come about because of sin in the world.  You have already overcome the world.  Help me to see that the battle I experience each day is cosmic and has been going on since the fall in the garden.  Lead me to look to You and know that in You is all hope.  Help me to stand firm and live into the life to which You are calling me.

Thank You Lord Jesus for the goodness You have given me in faith.  Lead me this day to see through the wiles of the wicked one and not to return hatred with hatred.  Lead me to live according to Your never-failing principles and the truth You have revealed from the cross.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth and help me to stand firm by living the truth each day You give me.  Amen.