In addition to the stress of the pandemic, the election season, and the deep division in our country, we seem to be in a season of intense spiritual warfare.  Of course, we can suit up with the whole armor of God (Eph 6) and fight with our sword of the spirit, but one of the enemy’s weapons that seems to be effective more frequently than we’d like it to be is discouragement.  We are all sinners, and we fall regularly.  We worry.  We have fear.  Nevertheless, the Lord is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness when we ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), but the enemy reminds us of our failures to discourage us.  Don’t fall for his tricks.  Remember there is no condemnation for those in Christ (Rom 8:1).  God can do mighty things through each of us, as He demonstrated throughout the Bible – Moses (murderer), David (murderer/adulterer), Peter (denied Christ), and Paul (persecuted the church).  God doesn’t pick the mighty, He picks the broken vessels to do His work (1 Cor 1:26).  That’s why the Word tells us to stand in the power of His might, not our own (Eph 6:10)!

Pastor Dan Jacobson

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