5 Days to Slay Your Dragon by Daniel Kolenda on YouVersion read by Brian and Andi Hale
What’s Your Dragon?
Everyone battles a dragon at some point in their life. Sometimes the demonic spirit produces great evils that take millions of lives. Racism, false religion, persecution, corruption, and terrorism are a few of the dragons my generation is currently battling.
In reality most of the dragons we face are not the type that exist outside of us. Most of the dragons that threaten us are ones we have incubated, nurtured, and raised in our own hearts. Lust, pride, greed, selfishness in all its forms, hatred, the abandonment of responsibility, lack of self-discipline—these are the kind of dragons that usually destroy us. It is these “small” internal dragons that become the huge external ones mentioned earlier.
The small battles we face are part of a much bigger war. Understanding where we fit in God’s strategy will help us to take our individual assignments more seriously. Also, understanding what our enemy is trying to accomplish will help us recognize his devices and resist him with wisdom. My prayer is that through this devotional you will be equipped to slay every dragon you encounter—not only in the world but also in your life.
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.Colossians 3:5-10
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.
Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.”Matthew 12:43-45