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Daily Strength Blog

When congregations at Christmastime sing “Peace on earth and mercy mild,” they are expressing only
one aspect of the Christmas story. Our Lord’s birth at Bethlehem involved war as well as peace. It
was part of an agelong conflict between God and Satan, a war that was declared in Genesis 3:15.
You and I are not merely spectators—we must be participants. This is one war in which it is
impossible to be neutral. We are either with Him or against Him.
Either we are with Him, helping to gather the spoils, or we are against Him, helping Satan to scatter
the spoils.
There is no middle ground. If we are with Him, then we are on the winning side. If we are against
Him, we are on the losing side. And one of these days, He shall return to earth to finish the war. Satan
will be cast into hell, sinners will be judged, and Jesus Christ will usher in the new heaven and the
new earth.
Verse for today: “He that is not with Me is against Me: and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth”
(Luke 11:23).
Consider: Joshua 24:15; Acts 26:18; Revelation 20:10-15.
Action assignment: Realizing that there is a spiritual war going on, can you spot any areas in your
life where you are attempting to be neutral? If so, ask God to forgive you and claim victory through
Christ. Thank God for the privilege of being on His (the winning) side.

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