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September 14, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | September 14

Special Ops

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. II Peter 1:10

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:13-14

Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, Delta Force.  Do you love these guys as much as I do? The mystique, the bravery, the stealth missions, the skills, the risk! I confess I’m a sucker for any good warrior doing a good thing for his country, but these guys are “special,” which is why they’ve been given the unique label of Special Forces by the Defense Department.  Their label reflects the nature of their missions, which are uncommon and unusual mostly because the potential for loss of life is high if the slightest mistakes are made.

The spirit of these warriors is like the spirit of God’s men.  In fact, when God finds a man who is passionate for His purposes, trained in the Word, filled with the Spirit, humble in heart, He will send that man into situations unsuited for others.  The men, like the missions, are different, even odd, but they are custom-trained for these jobs — jobs only they can do.  Wondrously stunned God’s men have said to me.  “If you’d have asked me ten years ago if I’d be doing this, I would’ve said you were crazy or something close.”

Imagine this. God’s love expresses itself through us when we do what He asks us to do.  Thousands upon thousands of these moments present themselves, multiplying over the span of a lifetime, and we choose to live life either God’s way or our own way.  But some moments are distinguishable from others, like when you are called on to exert influence, take action, have a conversation, or rescue a person for Jesus Christ.  They are the times you know you need to lead spiritually.

Father, What an opportunity you have given me.


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