The Bad News and the Good News
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
I have a foe/foes contending against me,
fighting against me,
pursuing and persecuting me,
seeking and requiring my life,
planning my hurt,
hiding their net for me,
digging a pit of destruction for my life,
snatching away my goods,
devising deceitful matters against me,
rejoicing at my calamity.
I have a friend, My Lord, who will contend with them,
fight with them,
close up their way,
be my deliverance,
turn them back and confound them,
drive them on like chaff,
pursue and afflict them through dark and slippery places,
rescue my life from their destruction,
not let them rejoice over me,
shut their mouths,
put them to shame and confusion and dishonor.
Then I shall be joyful in the Lord; I shall rejoice in His deliverance. All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like You, You Who deliver the poor and the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and the needy from him who snatches away his goods?
I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among a mighty throng.
And my tongue shall talk of Your righteousness, rightness, and justice, and of [my reasons for] Your praise all the day long.
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