Saturday, September 29, 2018

September 29

Even though the world around us may be in chaos, we have been given the weapon of peace. Paul calls them shoes. The Roman soldier wore shoes with three inch spikes on the bottom, and grieves that shielded his legs from the top of his knee to the top of his feet. I’m sure it must have been hard walking in shoes with three inch spikes, and it is hard for us to walk in peace. The devil is not always the one who disturbs our peace; sometimes we cause our own havoc by stepping out of the will of God. This is why it’s important to live a life of repentance.

The supernatural peace of God is something I walk in daily and have had it for a good portion of my life. I’m able to deal with difficult people and difficult situations in a very calm manner without realizing the magnitude of my experience. One example was when my husband was sick with a contagious disease that had no cure. I dealt with trying to live a normal life for three years until the effects of the illness took his life. This situation would have shattered most people. I never flinched. The supernatural peace of God, helped me to walk through this unscathed. 

The devil is not effective when trying to destroy you if you walk in the peace that passes all understanding. I’ve been in a hurricane and watched as the wind pushed the palm all the way to the ground only to see it bounce back up, and stand tall and straight again. Be like a palm tree! 

How do you get this kind of peace? Have faith in God and trust that He will never leave you or forsake you.

and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15

Friday, September 28, 2018

September 28

Why do we need to armor-up spiritually? I know you’ve heard this many times, but we are not alone on this earth. Satan and one third of the angels were cast out of heaven and now reside between here and the stars in the form of spirits. We know there are a lot of them because Jesus cast out legions of them from just one man, which is anywhere between 3000 and 6000! In Hebrews it says they are innumerable. They are not here to be our friend, even though they disguise themselves to be. They wreak havoc on us by having weak, and vulnerable people do their bidding. Yet another reason to have compassion on hateful and vicious people, they are being toyed with by the enemy who doesn’t want them to know Jesus because they are a useful tool. This enemy is more dangerous than any other enemy because they are invisible. To combat this spiritual enemy, we need spiritual armor. Paul describes this armor like what he saw on a Roman soldier. 

If you are one who goes through the motions of putting on the whole armor of God, you must know what each piece represents. I will cover two of them today. This is found in Ephesians 6:10-20.

The belt of truth: We must know the truth of the gospel! How can you know the truth? Open up the word of God and read it! This is the one piece of weaponry that you can physically see. Without this one piece of armor, you will be completely naked in your fight against the enemy. It is what holds our armor together.

The breastplate of righteousness: This part of the armor, on a Roman soldier, was the shiniest, most visible part, and it covered all of his torso, front and back. It was for the protection of his vital organs, especially the heart! Righteousness is opposite of sinfulness. We are not righteous within ourselves, but are righteous because of Jesus. We put on His righteousness to stop the penetrating darts and lies that the enemy throws at us from soiling our hearts and minds. Ask forgiveness daily.

So far armoring-up means: read your bible, and be free from sin.

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:14

Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 27

Our dogs are quite noisy when someone comes to the door. It’s insane the amount of yapping they do. A lot of little dogs are like that. I’ve noticed that when I go to someone’s door when the owner is not home, the dog may still bark, but it’s not over the top. Most of the time you hear them barking more quietly, probably hiding in another room. Their bravery and strength is not because of themselves, but because of their human, and they feel powerful having them near. This is a good picture of our strength in the Lord. When the evil one comes knocking on your door, and Jesus is home, you can stand strong and go after him with all your might, because it is Jesus who gives you the bravery to defend yourself. If Jesus is not home, and you open the door, the enemy will tear you to shreds! Opening the door to the enemy is allowing willful sin into your life; he is just waiting for you to step outside without Jesus so he can make you pay the price, and he’s itching to tell everyone what you have done. DO NOT open the door without Jesus!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10

For the next several days, I will be covering spiritual warfare and going over our armor piece by piece. This is good stuff y’all! I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September 26

I once had a job that I absolutely loved. This was a management position where I counseled and trained others. There were also office duties, which was not what I signed on for, so I reorganized the office, downsized the paperwork, eliminated, cleaned, got files transferred to the computer, and brought everything up to date. Now that the office part of my job was easier, I could spend more time with people, which was the main thrust of my position. This job captured my heart, unlike any other. I was able to keep all the plates spinning in the air with only a few wobbly moments. After a year, something changed and I began to feel unappreciated and targeted. I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t about me. Even though emotionally, things had gotten harder, I still worked diligently as unto the Lord. This is the key; even if your boss doesn’t have the same qualities as Jesus, you are to serve them well as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that the good you do will be paid back by Him. If this is happening to you, and you are able, look for another job, life is too short to live being tormented by an employer. Ephesians 6:5-9

rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Ephesians 6:7-8

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 25

If you watch the news and the headlines, you will see that there are some pretty heinous parents out there. Most of the time, if someone is watching closely, children are taken away from a bad parent so that no harm comes to them. When children of bad parents read the command to obey their parents, they wonder how it can be that they should follow this teaching. Upon further clarity of the scripture, and reading it in its context, is says “in the Lord!” When you were a child, if your parents didn’t obey the Lord, who reigns supreme over them, you are not to follow them into sin. You must obey the Lord and His precepts, over and above anything your parents might have told you. 

A good example of a biblical character disobeying his bad parent is when Saul told Jonathan to bring him David so he could kill him. Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Then Saul threw a spear at him to strike him. Jonathan then left in anger. 

If you have good and decent parents that are following the Lord, and teaching you to do the same, then you better follow this commandment. However, if a parent is leading you into sin, you must follow the Lord for He is over and above your parents. 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4

Monday, September 24, 2018

September 24

This is where the hornets nest gets stirred! Remember that I’m just the messenger, or as my teacher might say, “I’m just delivering the mail.” I’m not responsible for its content. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the sandwich method, but the bread is like compliments or the positive reinforcement, and the meat is the constructive criticism, or hard teaching. Paul does this under the instruction of the Holy Spirit, and I think we miss it because whoever divides the Bible into topics, leaves this verse in the former section in some translations. As followers of Christ, we are to accept the will of one another and count others more significant than ourselves (vs 21.) God says this before He tells the wife to accept the will of her husband. 

What’s more telling is that He compares the husband to Jesus, because He’s the head of the church. Most women would tell you that if their husbands would love like Jesus, then they would have no trouble submitting to him, and husbands would have no trouble being like Jesus if their wives would adore them the way we adore Jesus. Just as we are a part of the body of Christ, we become one, with Him being the head, when we joined together as husband and wife, we became one, and should treat each other as our own flesh. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church (vs 29.) Ephesians 5:21-33

This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However,   let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she  respects her husband. Ephesians 5:32-33

Sunday, September 23, 2018

September 23

Did you know that God wants to hear us sing? I’m not sure anyone wants to hear me sing, but God does! There is a lot of us who can’t carry a tune in a bucket, and yet He still wants us to sing to Him. The dogs might be howling, but the Lord is delighted. Not only does He want us to sing to Him individually, but He also wants us to come together to sing to Him. Can you imagine what it would look like if life was a musical, and we addressed one another with hymns and songs? The unbelieving public would think we were a bunch of fruit loops! Heck, so would the believers! What’s new about that? This goes along with what I wrote yesterday about not getting drunk. People who are drunk sing filthy songs and praise the god of wine. Well, God wants us to be more devoted to singing psalms and spiritual songs that raise Him up instead. 

I picture people in the old west around a piano with their booze in their hand laughing and singing. Why can’t we do the same thing when we are having fun, but instead of being drunk on alcohol, be filled with the Holy Spirit, addressing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs? If we would include God in our fun and fellowship, I believe He would make it memorable.

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians 5:10-20