Daily SOAP: Enemies Within The Church

My daily journaling from God’s Word. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Psalm 55.

Scripture

“Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city.” –Psalm 55:10

Observation

We are at war–spiritual war. We have an enemy, and we must be on guard. Often, the enemy attacks from without, but sometimes the real danger lies within.

Application

I’m reminded of old castles with walls of protection that were impenetrable. But if the enemy got inside, there was no defense against him other than hand-to-hand combat.

In our day, with most, the walls have been breached; the enemy is already in our churches and our homes. Most believers have been deeply influenced by secular humanism.

Now, we must fight heresy hand-to-hand–not challenging foes without, but our own brothers and sisters in the body.

Prayer

Father, I value unity, and I love my brothers in Christ. But the enemy has penetrated the church. Godless, wicked ideas pervade the body of Christ. Sometimes, I feel so alone, as I stand for You and Your truth.

Give me greater boldness to stand on Your Word! Give me discernment wisdom and knowledge to teach what is right with accuracy, grace and perseverance.

In Jesus’ name and for the health of His church, I pray, Amen.

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