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November 5, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | November 5, 2015

The Ruthless Way

Lord, have mercy on my enemies, because I won’t. G

On February 8, 2005, Brian “Head” Welch dropped a letter in the mail to his band.  He was resigning as lead guitarist.  The band that opened this little note from Brian was multiplatinum selling “Korn” with over eleven million records sold.

“Head” was on the warpath in his walk with God.  More specifically, he was setting out to exterminate sin from every beachhead of his life.  There would be no accommodation and no mercy shown. He removed the platinum records from his wall and replaced them with Scripture posters.  He cleaned the drug stash out of his closet and turned it into a prayer sanctuary.  Welch is also very candid about his past struggles with sexual addiction and self gratification. 

Tariq (Tar-ick) has the right idea also.  I connected with him at an Every Man Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  You could say he was hard to miss.  I’d gotten to my point about “picking a fight” with sin.  All of a sudden, a couple or rows back, I saw this young man with braided hair stand up in front of three hundred other men.  He sprang up, threw a few air punches, and roared “come on now!” To be honest, it caught me off guard.  But I instinctively knew why Tariq was up and out of his seat — his warlike soul had been tapped.

How powerful is it when we determine to eradicate sin?  It is evidence that the God who created us has entered us and shown us how serious He is in His love and concern for us. He is a life changing God. He is changing your life right now or you wouldn’t be reading this. God shows us His love by causing us to stand up and be recognized as one of His chosen children. 

Father, thank you for showing me your love, by giving me the power to change.

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