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Already in a Fight
Theme of the Week: Born to Be a Warrior
Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 5:6-11

[Being a warrior is] not about cockiness and attitude; it's not about succeeding in life and winning everyone's admiration or envy. Being a true warrior is about knowing the source of true strength. It's about knowing your weaknesses and turning to God to empower you to be the man he made you to be.

[Even] if you're a peace-loving dude who feels like he's not really struggling with any major problems, you're already in a fight, whether you know it or not. Your spiritual enemy wants to take you out. He's a master at making strong men weak. Sometimes he does that by making us comfortable, secure, and safe, resigned to a mediocre life because it's familiar and doesn't require much from us. Is that really how you want to live?

Though Satan makes strong men weak, God is in the business of making weak men strong. God often uses the painful moments we dread to do something deep within us. It's how God shapes us to be the men he wants us to be. If there are no struggles, there is nothing to fight for. And God has a unique way of awakening the dormant warrior within to fight one battle that prepares us to fight and win an even bigger one.

—Craig Groeschel in Fight

My Response: What are some vulnerabilities or recurring sins in me that Satan tends to attack? I will think of some ways to fight back.

Thought to Apply: The enemy will not see you vanish into God's company without an effort to reclaim you.—C. S. Lewis (British scholar, writer, Christian apologist)

Taken from Fight by Craig Groeschel. Copyright © 2013 by Craig Groeschel. Used by permission of Zondervan. zondervan.com.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, awaken a fighting spirit within me that seeks to defend what is right and advance your kingdom on earth.

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