Putting on Armor Daily…

Pray – Your word is truth and truth sets me free to function without restriction in the boundaries of your love and truth.  I am set free from doubt and insecurity; you said it, it is so.

Repent-   I repent for the times I allow the thought that I am inadequate to color the requests you make of me.  I am a daughter of the King; made in His image; given His righteousness and able to accomplish what He gives me to do.  I repent also for allowing feelings and emotions to determine my actions rather than following what I know from your Word.

Ask –   May my action be determined by your Word; your promises are true.

Yes – Thank you for forgiveness and for the truth that enables me to move forward encouraging others by your Word.

Now help us take on the day beginning and ending with prayer:

Putting on Armor daily follows a series of steps:

  1. Rise with prayer and song.
  2.  Put on the uniform; belt or girdle of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace and helmet of salvation.
  3.  Pick up the shield of faith and the sword of God’s Word.
  4.  Pray, repent, ask, and say Yes! Thank you.

The belt of truth – we are strengthened by truth and use the truth found in God’s Word to stand strong. The belt surrounds the inner core of our being; that area that enables us to stand upright.  It gives us the strength to endure any force that may come against us.

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The breastplate of righteousness – a gift from God through Christ.  He gives us His righteousness and we rest secure that our most vulnerable places are protected.  The belt supports the breastplate and we do not have to carry the weight of it in our own strength for that would be our righteousness, weak and incapable.  Our heart is protected by God and His righteousness; right living leaves no room for accusations of wrong living, something  that can become a source of guilt leading to depression and from there to death.

The shoes of peace –  are a gift from God; His peace allows us to stand firm when needed and dig in when necessary to advance.  The turmoil and doubt that abound in the circumstances do not cause anxiety in the inner parts of our being and have little to no effect on our actions in the situation.  This sets the believer apart from the norm.  The shoes of peace keep the believer stable; not blown about by external conditions.

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The helmet of salvation – begins with belief and faith that what God says is so. Salvation includes blessings, status and identity – a transformed being drawing from the spiritual blessings available upon request.  It protects the mind from external attacks for it is founded and rooted in the love of Christ. Salvation continues active in our daily walk.

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The shield of faith – indicates action.  Pick it up and advance, protected from the fire-studded arrows of accusation and doubt.

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The sword of the Spirit is truth; God’s Word, a dagger sharper than any two-edged sword.  It defends and leads an attack against evil perpetrated by deception.

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The final piece is prayer – activation of the rest of the armor.  It is communication with the Commander and more powerful than realized when praying God’s Word.  Note the defense and routing of the enemy used by Jesus.

“If you continue in my Word; then you are truly disciples of Mine.”

Pray – Jesus, you say, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete…”  “You shall know the truth and it shall set you free.”  John later repeats, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.”  Implant in me your truth as I search your Word.

Repent – Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I desire to walk continually in your truth.

Ask – Do not withhold Your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me.

Yes! – Father, this moment I am choosing the way of truth.  I want to set my heart on your laws.  Help me to choose the way of truth the rest of my days.

Reference:  3 John 1:4, Psalm 119:30; 26:2-3; 40:11; Ephesians, John 15:11, John 8:32

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The Voice of the Lord…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 29

 

A Psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters.

 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.

 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

 

 

We wrap our whole being around the Lord God for he is worthy of it. He gave us life, he provides for that life all that it needs for the duration of life. For that alone all creation gives him praise. Can we join with the rest of creation and give him praise, honor and glory? Open our eyes that we may see your glory. Fill our heart with praise for you alone, O God.

 

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.” – Jesus quoting the Old Testament – Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3 ” He humbled you, allowing you to become hungry, and then filled you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever know, to make you understand that a person does not live on food alone but on everything that comes from the mouth of Adonai.” There is a hunger for this bread in our land today. There is a remnant seeking for more of God than is being revealed in our churches. This hunger will be fed, God promises that. It is not the watered down gospel being presented today; it is the full Word of God as it has been handed down from above. The Word of God does not return empty, it accomplishes what it set out to do. It gives life, spiritual life that supersedes physical life and makes life here more abundant. Have we tasted this bread? Have we tasted this life? Once we have we will want no other.

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

 

 

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Why meet?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Hebrews 10:25   not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 

A Biblical reason to meet with fellow believers. The why of “church”.

 

1 Corinthians 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

 

A Biblical plan for what meetings with fellow believers should include.

 

1Corinthians 14:12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

 

A Biblical purpose for the meetings with fellow believers.

 

Colossians 3:12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Col 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Col 3:14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Col 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Col 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

A Biblical pattern for ‘church life’ with fellow believers.

 

What does ‘church’ as in the meeting of believers look like? What is its purpose? Why do believers meet? How do they relate to one another? The scriptures are plain in answering those questions.

Why – Hebrews states we are to meet to be active in

encouraging one another.

What – 1 Corinthians 14:12 states we are to

strive to excel in building up the church.

How – 1 Corinthians 14:26 states we each have something to contribute to the meetings:

each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

Who – Colossians 3:12-17 states this pattern for relating to one another and meeting with one another is for all believers –

as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, and is to include the following:

Evidence of the fruit of the Spirit – – This shows up in our attitudes as we relate to one another

compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Methods to settle differences – When differences arise or if one is offended there is a scriptural manner to deal with the difference by

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Jesus states

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Treatment of one another -How we treat each other demonstrates to the nonbelieving world that we are truly disciples of Christ

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.

Actions – this is to include teaching, admonishing in wisdom.

  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,

It also includes a form of worship -worship will include singing, leading the body into an attitude of praise and thanksgiving

singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

In what spirit should this be done? With thanksgiving –

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Now the question is; When we meet is this what we see? Can this be accomplished in the “way we do ‘church'”?

Our churches are esteemed ineffective when:

  1. The laws of the land are created contrary to God’s Word
  2. A town of 40,000 has 4,000 attending church
  3. The general tone or attitude on the street is self-oriented

We can say in this place the ‘church’ is ineffective and that is not due to a lack of ability – perhaps we have “harnessed” the Holy Spirit? This is also known as quenching the Spirit. Whose will do we follow? Our own? Mankind’s? Or God’s? Who do we trust to do the work? Where is our faith?

 

The church, speaking here of the body of believers, must rise up as an army of believers and begin to act like scripture paints the believing church, the bride of Christ. In that place it will begin to have an impact on those around it as it did in the early days of the church. God added to the church daily. The church was dispersed and each believer grew in the word, sharing what they had received with those around them.

 

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Words…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 37:1-9a

As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD.

 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz.

 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.

 It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.'”

 When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah,

 Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me.

Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.'”

The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish.

 Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “He has set out to fight against you.”

 

Words disturb. Words hurt. Words frighten. But the Words of God bring peace, hope and understanding. Much is done with words. May we use words to heal hurts, bring peace, and give hope. May we not be found using words to bring fear, distrust, or dismay. The arm of the Lord is not shortened. God is still the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

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Where is our trust…

 

 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 36:1-10

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.

And the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem, with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.

And there came out to him Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder.

And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours?

 Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me?

Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

 But if you say to me, “We trust in the LORD our God,” is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar”?

 Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them.

 How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

 Moreover, is it without the LORD that I have come up against this land to destroy it? The LORD said to me, Go up against this land and destroy it.'”

 

 

The world notices when we turn our backs on our God. It makes us appear weak and vulnerable. They begin to flex their collective muscles for they know of God also. Those who rely only on their own strength, the strength of ‘Egypt’ will find no strength in comparison with what we have when we rely on God. We can see this being played out in our world today. Let us turn to the One who can defeat any enemy, especially the enemy of our very souls. Let us rely on His strength.

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A cry for justice and safety…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 16:1-5

  Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, from Sela, by way of the desert, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.

  Like fleeing birds,

like a scattered nest,

so are the daughters of Moab

at the fords of the Arnon.

  “Give counsel;

 grant justice;

 make your shade like night

 at the height of noon;

shelter the outcasts;

do not reveal the fugitive;

  let the outcasts of Moab

sojourn among you;

be a shelter to them

 from the destroyer.

 When the oppressor is no more,

 and destruction has ceased,

 and he who tramples underfoot

 has vanished from the land,

  then a throne will be established in steadfast love,

and on it will sit in faithfulness

in the tent of David

 one who judges

 and seeks justice

and is swift to do righteousness.”

What does humanity cry for?  It cries for justice, peace and safety from the oppressor.  It cries for righteousness, a way of living that demonstrates love for one another.  And where will this be found?  Is there any place upon this earth that is free of oppression, free of destruction?  Only in Christ is this found.  There is a place in the spirit that transcends the physical and outlasts the temporal. Only in Christ, sent by God to establish a kingdom ruled by love, faithfulness and right living.  A place of justice where there is no oppression and no destruction.  This is a promise we can hold onto.  In Christ we are found in that safe place with a promise of good not evil, of eternity with God that starts now.

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Peace, rest and singing…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 14:1-8

 For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.

  And the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the LORD’s land as male and female slaves. They will take captive those who were their captors, and rule over those who oppressed them.

  When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve,

  you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:

 

“How the oppressor has ceased,

the insolent fury ceased!

  The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,

the scepter of rulers,

 that struck the peoples in wrath

with unceasing blows,

that ruled the nations in anger

with unrelenting persecution.

 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;

they break forth into singing.

 The cypresses rejoice at you,

the cedars of Lebanon, saying,

‘Since you were laid low,

 no woodcutter comes up against us.’

There is peace, rest and singing when oppression ceases.

There is peace, rest and singing when a sin-oppressed soul is set free.

There is peace, rest and singing when Christ enters our life.

Peace, rest, and singing follow those who trust in the Lord.

“… The whole earth is at rest and quiet;

they break forth into singing….”

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