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Whom Do I Shoot?

Alan SmithAlan Smith

A story is told about a new soldier who was on sentry duty at the main gate. His orders were clear. No car was to enter unless it had a special sticker on the windshield. A big Army car came up with a general seated in the back.

The sentry said, “Halt, who goes there?”

The chauffeur, a corporal, said, “General Wheeler.”

“I’m sorry, I can’t let you through. You’ve got to have a sticker on the windshield.”

The general said, “Drive on!”

The sentry said, “Hold it! You really can’t come through. I have orders to shoot if you try driving in without a sticker.”

The general repeated, “I’m telling you, son, drive on!”

The sentry walked up to the rear window and said, “General, I’m new at this. Do I shoot you or the driver?”

In the heat of battle, armies frequently experience casualties due to “friendly fire,” and the church suffers in the same way. In our zeal, we set our crosshairs on one another, and sometimes Satan has a way of making top leaders forget that the rules apply to them as well as the followers.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. (Ephesians 6:10-12 NKJV)

May you be strengthened today in the spiritual warfare that Satan is waging against you in so many different ways.

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Alan Smith