"First, he wants us to defend ourselves. Moses taught the people, "If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed" (Exodus 22:2). Those who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem did so with their swords at their sides (Nehemiah 4:18).
"Second, he wants us to pray for the salvation of our enemies. The Lord asked his prophet, "Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?" (Ezekiel 18:23). Have you prayed today for Jesus to reveal himself to jihadists in the Middle East and around the world?
"Third, he wants us to be ready for eternity, whenever and however it begins for us. James warned us, "you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes" (James 4:14). The safest way to live every day is to be ready to meet God, obeying his word and fulfilling his will.
"You're one day closer to eternity than ever before. Is that fact good news for you today?"