Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me. I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways. Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Friends….This is from my pastor/friend David N…I thought it was a perfect continuation to the 2 part article from the past 2 days. Note that in his morning quiet time David uses the S.O.A.P. method (study, observe, apply, pray). 😊
7-9-18 Eph 6:13-18 The only weapons that will work
Eph. 6:13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. NLT
We are in a battle with a smarter and more powerful enemy, but we have the resources/weapons that assure us that we can be victorious. If we are not alert and prepared to use our weapons we will still be defeated, so we must practice using all we have before we think we need it.
First, we need truth. We cannot go by our feelings, we must work hard to replace the “wisdom of the world” with “the wisdom that comes down from above” (Jas 3:13-18). The “world’s best thinking” is what has got us into this mess. It takes time to renew our minds with God’s Word, but we can and we must.
Second we must understand that only God’s righteousness can protect our hearts. We are unable to withstand the devil’s attacks by our own righteousness, because he will point out our guilt, shame and inadequacy every time.
Third, we must do all we can to avoid warfare in the first place by being peacemakers. A major emphasis of Ephesians is that we are one new man in Christ, and no longer defined as Jew or Gentile, slave or free, etc. Instead of “us v them” we must seek to live in peace with every other member of the body of Christ. We must run toward it.
Fourth, the faith that believes God – His warnings, His promises. Faith to trust that His weapons are not only enough, but indispensible.
Fifth is the assurance of salvation provided by the perfect life, death and resurrection and intercession of Christ. Our confidence is in Him, not in us.
Sixth, is our only offensive weapon, the Word of God. The shield of Faith is claiming who we are in Christ. That is defensive. It protects us. This use of the Word is what we use on offense against the devil. Jesus did it when He was tempted (Luke 4) and so must we. We must know and be prepared to use/quote great amounts of God’s Word!
Seventh, and most important, is prayer. Prayer in the spirit, claims the Word of God, at all times for all people. Only God has they power to protect us and defeat the devil. Prayer calls on Him for everything.
Almighty God, You defeated the devil at the cross. Thank You that we are in Christ, and He is in us, and we have everything we need in Him. Thank You for allowing me to learn much of Your Word over the years, but I realize unless I quote it out loud, I am more likely to ignore forget it or ignore it. Today, I particularly see You want me/us to run toward our “enemies” and try to be peacemakers. When we don’t, Satan wins every time. Use me to be a peacemaker and to help all believers use these weapons of our warfare. (2 Cor 10:4-5) Amen.