by Ernest Easley

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Series: Shields Up for the New Year
Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 28:7

Now with a new-year before us, take God's word and turn once again to the 28th Psalm as we pick up where we left off last time thinking about Shields Up for the New Year!

There's just something exciting about a new start, isn't there? I'm a Dallas Cowboy fan and I'm can tell you that I've been looking forward to the new start of next season for most of THIS season.

So whether it's in sports or in business or in church or simply in life, the anticipation of a new season or a new year, rekindles our hopes and dreams. So, what about this new-year for you? What do you hope to accomplish? Perhaps, for you, it's graduation! You have this year engraved on your class ring and you've been looking forward to it for several years.

Or perhaps, for you, it's marriage! Your wedding day is taking place this year!

Maybe, for you, it's retirement. You've worked and saved and saved and worked and this is going to be the year you finally retire! So, what do you anticipate coming your way this new year?

Promotion or Demotion?
Advancements or Set Backs?
Sickness or Health?
Investments up or down?
Employment or Unemployment?
Three Steps Forward or Two Steps Backwards?

Well, we may not know the answer to those kind of things as we move into this new year, but one thing we can know for certain: we have an enemy who is out to destroy us and those we love! The spiritual warfare we experienced last year will carry over into this new-year and we better be ready for it!

C.S. Lewis said, ''There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.''

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6.12, ''For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.''

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