Daily Devotional | Choosing Your Side Carefully

Ephesians 6:12 NIV
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

‘Tug of war’, is a sport that directly pits two teams against each other in a test of strength. The term may also be used as a metaphor to describe a demonstration of brute strength by two opposing groups, such as a rivalry between good and evil.

Most of us have played the game “Tug of War”. The purpose is to get an equal number of people and strength on opposite sides of a rope. To make things interesting some people put a pit of mud in the middle. Those who lose the battle fall into the miry pit. Does this sound like a struggle in your life currently?

We are in a tug of war everyday. The war is with our mind. We have Satan and his demons on one end of the rope and the Lord and His angels on the other. So you may think, “Oh that is easy; Jesus will win every time.”

Each day there is a “Tug of War” in the spiritual realms for our soul. Ephesians 6:10-12 says:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so you can take your stand against the devils schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

You feel this tug of war in your spirit. Sometimes you choose to side with the Lord and sometimes you take sides with Satan and his demons. I don’t have to tell you when you take Satan’s side; you already know.

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

You see, it is our choice what side of the rope we are on each day. Also, each day we can waver back and forth to what side of the rope best fits OUR desire. The rope represents our life and that there are forces we cannot see that are struggling for our mind. Everything we do is a condition of our heart. Since we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and our hearts are deceitful, it is easy for us to be on Satan’s side of the Tug of War Game. It is tough to be on the Lord’s side. But the Lord’s side is the only side we will have victory.

Today, Satan and his demons desire for your heart to be self-centered. You may gravitate to do what you feel you deserve, no matter what the cost to others. You may take shortcuts and not be entirely truthful. We are all a selfish group of men and women that need a heart transplant EVERYDAY. But in order for anyone to get a heart transplant they need to go to the hospital. Most of us wait too long to get the help we need and Satan wins yet another battle. No matter how deep you are in the pit, no matter how far you have fallen, it is never too late to get on the Lord’s side of the rope. But that is just the beginning. A lot of Christians fail to realize that when they get on the Lord’s wining side they still need to fight. They still need to pull their weight on the rope. Today when you fight, fight for purity and righteousness. Fight for truth. Fight for the desire to be on the winning team and don’t let yourself be lulled into the losing team.

All of us have a choice to all the decisions we make today. Today has enough decisions of its own; don’t get bogged down with the future. The future is in God hands. Right now as you are reading this you are already in the war for the day. Do you know whose side you are on? Please don’t be on the side pulling against Jesus and other believers. It is easy to do when we are leading a sinful life and don’t care. Colossians 1:13 says “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves…,” Plead your case to Jesus. He always hears you and wants to restore you to His side. Remember, in one breath Jesus can obliterate the other side if he so chooses. Choose carefully who you will serve.

Scripture of the day: Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. ~  1 Corinthians 9:25 

Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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