TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, February 24, 2020:
Armed conflict between two massed enemies or the like; conflict.
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.
The devil prowls around us like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
I Peter 5:8
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Every believer in Christ is involved in spiritual warfare every day whether you believe it or not. Therefore, we cannot afford to enter any day complacently.
There was an article written in the San Francisco Chronicle some time ago that made an impact on us --- not only because it is true but we had been in Africa and saw these animals.
The article said, “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion that day or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It does not matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
The great preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote many years ago, “If you are not seeking the Lord, the devil is seeking you.”
So, it is better to have a strategy ahead of time, each day, so we can escape the attacks of the enemy. We must seek the Lord early and rely on His help -- because we cannot do it in our personal power. We will be defeated. Read the verse above from I Peter 5:8. The devil is a roaring lion looking for the opportunity to jump on you.
In Psalm 5 we read that David came to the Lord early in the morning and asked Him for His protection and help for that day.
You need to start each day with your armor in place and do not begin a day without being aware of your urgent need for the Lord. Being prepared is the best way to be ready for Satan’s attack.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Hebrews 11:6.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Help me to remember to communicate with You early every morning. Give me a new desire to communicate with You through prayer so that with Your help the devil will not be successful in his attacks on me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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