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“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV)

Some team sports practice a “two-minute drill” in hopes of making every second count in game day situations where time is short but scoring opportunities exist.

Paul encourages us to maintain a similar attitude in all of our living: Wisely “making the most of every opportunity,” because evil opposes us.

The eventual defeat of our opponent, the devil, is certain.  However, seasons are comprised of games, and games are comprised of plays.

Do all that you can — employing the wisdom that God freely offers — to make the most of every “play” to advance all that is good and holy; and to push-back the evil one and his misdeeds.

None of us knows how much time remains on the clock — either for the game, or for us.  Therefore, take advantage of every opportunity.  – Luther

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“Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.” (Proverbs 24: 19-20, NIV)

When it seems that evil and the servants of evil have gotten the upper hand, the word of God reminds us to “not fret” because “the evildoer has no future hope.”

The resistance of evil can be wearying to the spirit because there never seems to be an end to it.  Evil seems to be everywhere and in everything; and its agents seem to thwart even the smallest grace.

Even so, remain faithful to the word of God and to the leading of the spirit of God.  There is no future in the practice of wickedness; and there is no hope for the agents of evil.  The extent to which we are able to confront evil without becoming like it; and to resist evil without losing heart, is a measure of our faith.  – Luther

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“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV)

Some team sports practice a “two-minute drill” in hopes of making every second count in game day situations where time is short but scoring opportunities exist.

Paul encourages us to maintain a similar attitude in all of our living: Wisely “making the most of every opportunity,” because evil opposes us.

The eventual defeat of our opponent, the devil, is certain. However, seasons are comprised of games, and games are comprised of plays.

Do all that you can — employing the wisdom that God freely offers — to make the most of every “play” to advance all that is good and holy; and to push-back the evil one and his misdeeds.

None of us knows how much time remains on the clock — either for the game, or for us. Therefore, take advantage of every opportunity.  – Luther

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