Mission Devotional - October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Enemies

Opening Prayer: To you, O Lord. I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. (Psalm 25:1-2)

Scripture: Psalm 25:1-10

Journal: Who or what are the most regular enemies of your heart and soul? How do you fight them? How often do you triumph over them?

Reflection: How often do you feel like your enemies triumph over you? Sadly, for me it seems like a daily affair. Somehow, in the midst of the chaos and busyness and happenings of any given day, I lose focus, I let my guard down, and before I know it I am at the mercy of my enemies - without even recognizing it. Anxiety, insecurity, and fear have me by the throat and I find myself reacting to them in the same old, dysfunctional ways I have always reacted to them. It is amazing how the same scenario repeats itself over and over and over again. You’d think that at some point I’d learn.

I think that’s where the words to this ancient prayer come in. They help me to be on guard and aware of the things and the situations - and even the people - that bring out the worst in me; that make me the worst version of myself. They help me to call these dark emotions and patterns exactly what they are - enemies. And once I am finally able to recognize that they are indeed enemies - and name them - I can finally begin fight them in some fruitful way. For it is almost impossible to fight an enemy that you have not named, and that you cannot see. They will continue to kick your butt day after day.

But once they are identified, and named, they tend to lose some of their power over us. They can be fought, and eventually triumphed over. For God takes over from there. He is the one who fights these battles for us. All we have to do is constantly lift our souls to him and put our trust in him. He will fight our battles for us, once we finally realize that it is indeed a battle we are fighting. He is the only one who can give us the victory we so deeply long for.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: North Africa & Middle East

We support a family that is serving at a sanatorium for chest diseases, focusing on bringing holistic healing for body and soul to the semi-nomadic people of the area by providing high quality healthcare for them. Our supported worker serves in a mobile dental that was donated to further the outreach and care to Bedouin in remote areas. The clinic is a great resource to meet the felt needs of the poor in places where it is hard or impossible to receive any kind of dental care. Pray today for more in-patients to come to the clinic in the coming months for healing of all sorts.

Core Leadership is a ministry of spiritual formation and leadership development. Its mission is to help strengthen and encourage the life of leaders, in the Knoxville area and beyond, by the means of spiritual nurture and leadership development. Jim Branch is the director of Core Leadership and is actively involved in the lives of people all over the city of Knoxville and beyond, as well as being active in the Powell community, where he lives. Pray today for Jim and his family.

Closing Prayer: O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress. My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. (Psalm 59:9-10, ESV)