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November 22, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | November 22, 2015

From Average to Evil

Greater is He that is within you than he that is in the world. John 4:4

As a little boy in Egypt, Mohamed Atta was not a threat.  He was the son of a lawyer and played chess and his nickname in Arabic meant: ”singing little bird.”  In the family, success cast some long shadows over his life with his older sisters becoming doctor and a university professor respectively. 

Upon graduation from university, there was a deep fear in Mohamed Atta that he wouldn’t make it professionally in his own country. The academic system was against him. The politics of his profession were against him, and his prospects were consequently against him.  He felt more like a professional student than a man. Somewhere along the line this guy’s manhood had been broken.  Mohamed started disappearing for long spans of time, taking trips to the Middle East. Atta is simply more memorably tied to a greater day of infamy in America’s history than Pearl Harbor.  He was the pilot who brought down the first tower on 9/11.

But that’s not any of us right?  Ask yourself a few questions:  Is your identity strong enough for complete surrender?  Are you undivided between what you believe and how you actually live and think? Do you believe you are a man of influence? All these questions speak to your vulnerability to outside control by the forces of evil. Satan and his assassins on assignment can coerce any of us. I like the way rap artist Minister RMB articulates the same sentiment when he calls out, “The devil’s a pimp, don’t be his ho”. Crass, authentic and biblically accurate.

How does God’s man become less vulnerable to demonic influence and control? Easy, drive a long blade through the heart of compromise and spiritual compartmentalization.  Take away demonic footholds by surrendering to the Holy Spirit’s leadership in every area of your life. Simple. but not easy. It requires constant vigilance and believing God’s promises.

Father, thank you for making your promises real within me.

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