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“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring — those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”  (Revelation 12:17, NIV)

The book of Revelation’s bold and graphic metaphors might discourage some of us from looking into it’s central message: The ultimate state of God’s creation.

The devil and his demons wage war against all that is of God.  Scripture tells us that the devil’s goal is to kill, steal, and to destroy.  He failed in his rebellion against God before the creation of the world.  He failed again in his efforts to keep Jesus from His mission to be the Redeemer of God’s creation.

As we await the return and “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (which is the the full title of the book we commonly know as “the book of Revelation”), the devil wages “war against the rest of her [the church’s] offspring”: Those who keep God’s commands and hold fast to their testimony about Jesus.

Each new day brings challenges to our commitment to obey God and to proclaim Jesus in deeds and in words.  Do not fear.  Do not fret.  Stand firm for all that is true, and good, and worthy of the approval of our heavenly Father.  – Luther

 

 

 

 

 

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“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.”  (Proverbs 10:17, NIV)

In what things do we display “discipline”?

Is it in the practice of unceasing prayer?  Is it in the practice of hospitality?  Is it in the practice of humility?  Is it in the practice of valuing time in worship with others?

Know it or not; like it or not, our children, and our peers, and our co-workers, and our neighbors, and the casual stranger are watching us live our lives.  Do they see within us a discipline that “shows the way to life”?

Conversely, when we ignore discipline and correction, our lives shift to a path that leads nowhere — and know it or not; like it or not, others follow.

Heeding the discipline of healthy and holy habits not only delivers us, but it delivers others to life, as well.  – Luther

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“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32, NIV)

Activity is often overrated. Because of this, we confuse movement with productivity.  

Although most of us love to be seen as “proactive,” “energetic,” “take-charge,” or “engaging”; we need to know that the Lord values other adjectives more highly: “patient,” “long-suffering,” “self-possessed,” and “peaceable.” 

Many things we choose to “force” in life would come to us with far less struggle and strife were we only to wait on the Lord. Recall the times in your life when you moved on something — or someone — just because you could; or because you wanted to “show-off.” In many of those instances, couldn’t you have achieved the same result with far less energy, drama, or pain to others?

All true warriors know that the best victory is the one that is gained without having to go into battle. 

Wait on the Lord. He opens doors that no one can shut; and He closes doors that no one can open.  – Luther

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