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Be self-controlled and alert' 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Anyone who has an interest in the two world wars of the 20th Century will know that the atrocities of those wars didn't stop the day VICTORY was declared. There was still plenty of mess to mop up - and the liberation of men and women in concentration camps. Soldiers were shocked to find great heaps of corpses and skeleton frames of barely-alive people. Battles raged on to claim back human dignity and rescue the dying from disease.

Something similar is going on now, but in the spiritual world. Christ's death and resurrection have defeated the enemy. The war is won but the battle still rages - the battle to live in God's freedom and rescue the captives from pain and suffering. Jesus described our defeated enemy as one who still tries to 'steal, kill and destroy' (John 10:10 TLB), who 'prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour' (1 Peter 5:8 NIV). It took more than good will to overthrow the Nazis in World War II. It takes more than brawn to resist the devil. For the next few days we'll look at strategies to keep you strong on the battlefield...

So what now? 1 Peter 5:8 says, 'Be self-controlled and alert' In which areas of your life do you need self-control?

SoulFood: Heb 11:23-28, Exo 3:1-22, Exo 33:7-23, Exo 34:29-35 (Faith Hero: Moses)

The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd alt

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