Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Butt-Kicking

"The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambushes by the way." [Ezra 8:31; ESV]


  • noun - a surprise attack by people lying in wait in a concealed position.

  • verb - make a surprise attack on (someone) from a concealed position.

Did you notice in the verse that God delivered them from the hand of the enemy and from ambushES? PLURAL! A guaranteed way for Christians to experience constant defeat is to deny the fact that there are ambushes in life set up to trip us up and take us out.  Safeguards are so necessary.  This doesn't mean that we live in a constant state of fear but rather in a state of caution.  Fear debilitates a person from moving forward.  Caution causes that same person to walk with a desire to stay in the fight as long as possible.  This is just smart.  A person who buries his head in the sand, pretending like nothing is going on around him, only leaves himself open to a major butt-kicking.

Christians: let's walk with an alert heart and mind, looking out for the ambushes of the enemy who so wants to destroy us and the impact that we can make, by the power of the Spirit, for the Kingdom.

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