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Because that would mean I’d no longer be a soldier. Though they don’t accept blind people in the armed forces, I plan to insist. Blind people actually make good soldiers because in this war, the enemy cannot be seen. He’s not in far away lands, but close enough to hear our whisper.

The enemy of the soul is alive and well making his plans to defeat us, devour us, and destroy.

His most effective tactic? To control and darken our thoughts. He sets camp right beside our bed and the moment we open our eyes in the morning his attacks begin.

But good news. We sing victory because we’re under the direction of Jesus, the divine General. He gives instructions through Paul, who’s bold, has experienced fierce battles, and possesses a keen sense to gain victory every time. So, what do you think? Would you follow instructions from such a great leader? I know I would; and I do.

If you’re feeling weak, negative thoughts have zapped your energy and motivation, or difficult circumstances are yanking the joy right out of your heart, here’s what Paul says, "Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's 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.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (Ephesians 6:10-18).

There you have it, the battle is constant, real and sometimes, fierce. So tossing fear aside, I hope you stand strong, firm, and reassured knowing triumph is yours.

Today, with extreme gratitude, we honor the veterans for their courage, sacrifice, for their unselfish giving to defend the freedom we all enjoy. But, I pray you don’t choose to be a veteran, but instead, remain an active soldier in God’s army. Don’t leave any area of your life exposed.

And with confidence and reassurance, put on that armor and sing victory through your circumstances.

Joining you in victory,

Janet

p.s. Speaking of winning, I’d love to win your subscription to my free monthly newsletter, "Splash of Inspiration". Just send a blank email to: splashofinspiration@getresponse.com.

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