Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 18...

Morning Meditation:

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand...Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the sword of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-17)

Without a growing, and eventually thorough knowledge of God’s word, we will be defenseless against the spiritual forces of evil that surround us, and seek to take us down at every turn.
It is more that gathering biblical data, God’s word must be the standard and breath our lives. We are called to live by it from the heart. It instructs us in all we do and keeps us on that path. It creates a shield about us, and becomes a spiritual sword when spoken out of our mouths.
When Jesus was driven into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, he responded in the same way each time. “It is written” secured Him the victory in each instance of His testing. Jesus was saying, in effect, “this is God’s standard and I will not budge from it.” When the enemy saw Jesus’ determination to adhere to God’s word, he knew that the battle was lost. “He left Him for a season.”
When the devil sees you embrace the word of God with every fiber of you being, he will run from you just as he did from Jesus. James exhorts us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) Let this serve as a blueprint for activating the sword in your life.

To Consider:

Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Are you constantly filled with the Spirit and joy in your relationship with God and in His service? (Acts 2:1-4; 4:31; Eph. 5:15-20; Phil. 4:4)

Evening Reading:

Psalm 119:137-144
צ Tsadhe
137 You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are right. 138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. 139 My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words. 140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. 141 Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true. 143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. 144 Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.

1 comment:

Barb Papageorgiou said...

I just realized I read today's reading yesterday, so I blogged according. Sorry. But putting on the Armor of God is dressing our spiritual body. You won't go out naked in the natural, so why do it with your spiritual body. God has a dress code for a purpose. So let us dress accordingly.