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Nov 30, 2015

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Circumspect.

For some reason this word came to my mind this morning. What does it mean? I know it’s in Scripture somewhere. Ok, yes. It comes from the King James version, in Ephesians 5:15 – “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Or in a more familiar version it’s translated as, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

The meaning of “circumspect” seems to be something like, as much as the Father enables us, to look around the corners – to look beyond the veil – beyond the physical surroundings that we see day in and day out, reaching out to grasp the spiritual realities behind it all. Paying attention not just to the situations we’re in, but to what God is doing in those situations. And paying attention to what the enemy is attempting to accomplish in those things, in order to see clearly how we can stand firmly against him, not giving him a foothold.

Ephesians 4:26-27
“In your anger do not sin” (from Psalm 4:4). Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

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