Daily Devotional

April 22, 2014 – Be Courageous, Be Strong

Be Courageous, Be Strong

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (I Cor. 16:13-14)

Paul gives five military commands as it were, snapped out like a drill sergeant would do it. Phillips translation separates verses 13-14 into a paragraph of their own, giving it a sub-heading that says, “A little sermon in a nutshell!”  He translates the verses as follows: “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, live ...

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April 21, 2014 – Praying Always

The Whole Armor of God—Praying Always

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:18)

As Christians we are in a life and death struggle with Satan and his legions.  He wants us to fall through his illusions and lies (I Pet. 5:8; John 8:44; 2 Cor. 2:11).  He disguises himself as an angel of light when in reality he is an angel of darkness (2 ...

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April 17, 2014 – The Sword of the Spirit

The Whole Armor of God—The Sword of the Spirit

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”

(Eph. 6:17)

 

Paul has been discussing the necessity of laying aside our old man of sin and pursuing a life of imitating our Lord throughout the Book of Ephesians.  However, he warns there will be forces that will try to undermine our efforts to do the Lord’s will.  This amounts to nothing less ...

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April 16, 2014 – Helmet of Salvation

The Whole Armor of God—Helmet of Salvation

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”      (Eph. 6:17)

This war confronting every child of God is not a war with flesh and blood but with supernatural evil powers.  Even though it is people who attack us in some way it is really something deeper and more sinister than meets the eye.  Paul said that before our conversion we were following “the prince of ...

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April 15, 2014 – The Whole Armor of God – cont.

The Whole Armor of God

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Eph. 6:16)

Since becoming a Christian you have found that you entered a battleground and not a playground.  This war is against the deadly hosts of spiritual wickedness.  It is between light and darkness, life and death, and heaven and hell and no one is exempt from this war.  We are blessed in that ...

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April 14, 2014 – The Whole Armor of God cont.

The Whole Armor of God

“And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15)

There are battles raging everyday all over the world. As well as the physical conflicts and wars there are spiritual battles also raging.  If you are a Christian and are struggling today, then you are certainly not on your own! Read that great passage of equipping ourselves with the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-18.  We do not face the ...

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April 11, 2014 – The Whole Armor of God

The Whole Armor of God

“Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Eph. 6:14)

The Christian’s armor includes the breastplate of righteousness.  The reason Paul speaks of “righteousness” is because Satan is the enemy of all righteousness, and thus those who are his servants also oppose righteousness.  Paul rebuked Elymas the magician and called him a “son of the devil,” indicating not only his character, but the one whom he serves. ...

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April 10, 2014 – The Whole Armor of God

The Whole Armor of God

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph. 6:11)

Phillips translation renders this verse as follows: “Put on God’s complete armor so that you can successfully resist all the devil’s methods of attack.”   The word “schemes” refers to the methods and trickery of the devil.  We must remember that he is called “the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (Rev. 12:9).  ...

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April 9, 2014 – Prepare for Battle

Prepare For the Battle

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:10-11)

We are called, every day, to the battle stations of life, because our enemy, Satan, never ceases his attack! He is always on the attack; and if he should happen to notice that someone is struggling and hurting under ...

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April 8, 2014 – Be Ready For Conflict

Be Ready For Conflict

“Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour. Be firm in the faith and resist him, knowing that other believers throughout the world are going through the same kind of suffering”      (I Peter 5:8-9 GWT).

Now that you have become a Christian one of the first things you realize is that you are involved in a spiritual warfare.  The ...

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