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by: Don Carmichael

09/12/2022

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You may have witnessed counter movements in the movie Top Gun or other action movies.  As the enemy's (or trainer’s) aerial maneuvers for kill shots were nullified, the roles became reversed as the enemy became the target through swift counter movements.  Although not as glamorous as movies, we too are in battle daily and hunted, lined-up for kill shots.  So how do we train and maneuver and counter being setup to be taken out of the life battles?
Apostle Peter counters our one enemy with this bit of wisdom: “Be sober-minded, be alert (wake up!). Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” OK. So we know that there really is an enemy, often appearing as light verses darkness or in sheep clothing, as if not being kind or good is not indicator enough that there is an enemy about. So how do we engage?
The psalmist tell us point blank in these lyrics.  “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.”  The apostle adds, “Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation,” into your maturity in Christ, knowing and understanding first, Him, then learning to counter the enemy’s movements in a manner not of this world, but of God Himself, even learning to love our enemies.
Father, thank You for Your consistent love and care.  Open our eyes, that we might “see” Jesus, by focusing not on the enemy, but on Your solution as revealed by Your own words and thoughts, renewing our minds as You would sculpt them.
Counter moves? “Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” Transform your thinking with His own thoughts.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:11‬, 1 Peter‬ ‭5:8‬, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Matthew 7:15, 1 Peter‬ ‭2:2‬, 2 Corinthians 10:4, 1 Peter‬ ‭4:8, Romans 12:2 CSB‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬
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You may have witnessed counter movements in the movie Top Gun or other action movies.  As the enemy's (or trainer’s) aerial maneuvers for kill shots were nullified, the roles became reversed as the enemy became the target through swift counter movements.  Although not as glamorous as movies, we too are in battle daily and hunted, lined-up for kill shots.  So how do we train and maneuver and counter being setup to be taken out of the life battles?
Apostle Peter counters our one enemy with this bit of wisdom: “Be sober-minded, be alert (wake up!). Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” OK. So we know that there really is an enemy, often appearing as light verses darkness or in sheep clothing, as if not being kind or good is not indicator enough that there is an enemy about. So how do we engage?
The psalmist tell us point blank in these lyrics.  “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.”  The apostle adds, “Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation,” into your maturity in Christ, knowing and understanding first, Him, then learning to counter the enemy’s movements in a manner not of this world, but of God Himself, even learning to love our enemies.
Father, thank You for Your consistent love and care.  Open our eyes, that we might “see” Jesus, by focusing not on the enemy, but on Your solution as revealed by Your own words and thoughts, renewing our minds as You would sculpt them.
Counter moves? “Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” Transform your thinking with His own thoughts.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:11‬, 1 Peter‬ ‭5:8‬, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Matthew 7:15, 1 Peter‬ ‭2:2‬, 2 Corinthians 10:4, 1 Peter‬ ‭4:8, Romans 12:2 CSB‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬
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