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I Timothy 6
12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Joab, David's general, had had all winter to sit and look at the map, and by the spring, when war-time arrived, he had planned his strategy for defending Israel's borders against the people of Ammon.

Ammon were a nomadic tribe which was constantly harrassing the borders of Israel and making life difficult for the people of Israel.

What does that have to do with me? you ask.

Ammon represents the ungodly areas of my life: those areas that the Holy Spirit still needs to clean up and make comfortable for His presence.

Ammon represents temptations which come from the ungodly life-style we had before we asked Jesus to forgive our sins. These are temptations to do so-called "minor" sins which nobody really knows about.

But the truth is that it may really be only the human beings who don't know about our "minor" sins. The Devil knows, the evil spirits know, the angels know and God knows! There is nothing that is really secret or hidden.

When temptation comes to harass us, we need to take the pro-active stance of making war on it, just like General Joab made war on the people of Ammon.

Father, thank You that the blood of Jesus is continually cleansing me from sin.
Today I want to lift before You the temptations I face in the area of ... (tell Him what area Your temptations come from).
Please help me to refuse these temptations access to my life, and I praise You because You are my great God,
in Jesus' name,

Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!

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