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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Our Perfect Defense

“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” - Confucius

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8

Surreptitious: “kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of” - New Oxford American Dictionary

One of the most popular songs on the radio right now is a love song that warns of dark magic if things go wrong. The chorus goes like this.

"So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you're falling for
Baby do you dare to do this?
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back"

To be honest, I'm not sure what to make of the song. I wish I could like it, cause it has a tune that I enjoy. But I'm afraid of its dark side too. I'm afraid of where magic can take us. Should I be ok with listening to a song about dark magic? Am I taking it way too seriously? I don't know. But there’s a larger issue than the song anyway. What I do know is this. The devil doesn't show you his whole plan for you. He doesn’t reveal his hand up front and then ask if you wanna put your chips down. Instead he whittles at you bit by bit. Entices you and even pressures you. Remember the scene in Finding Nemo * when Dory finds a cute little jellyfish. She says "I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine." Of course the cute little squishy is a harbinger of more to come. The cute little jelly happens upon them because of the mass of big dangerous ones up ahead. That's what we're dealing with too. It's the little things that suck us in. The little piece of candy taken at no harm. The movie snuck into at no expense. The devil doesn't want us to see the harm or the expense. Not at first at least. He wants us to be desensitized to the damage he does. He wants us to follow down a path he's chosen, and he prefers we never even realize it. He doesn't want us to know where he's leading. That's why we must be careful with every little thing we put into our hearts. Every little thing has the potential to make room for a bigger thing. With everything we should ask ourselves, "What is this leading towards?" If it's not towards the Father..? Satan and this world are surreptitious with their temptations. They want us to sink into alcoholism, drug abuse, crime; without ever knowing the difference. Because once we're there, it's extremely difficult to escape. Often times the great damage of the deadly axe is done by the simple cord tied to bind. In all this there is good news. We can’t free ourselves from evil, but Jesus allowed Himself to be bound and crucified by it so that He could defeat it for us. There’s only one way to escape, it’s through Jesus. There’s only one way to Jesus. It’s not good works, it’s not resisting temptation, it’s not calling out the devil and rejecting the world. It’s simply accepting Him into our hearts. It’s simple, it’s not elaborate. However, it will change you completely. Of course for the better. If you haven't, accept Jesus today, He is our perfect defense.

Finding Nemo is a 2003 Disney Pixar animated movie about a father clown fish who finds adventure searching for his son Nemo through the Great Barrier Reef. 

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What Did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?

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