“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11 NKJV) Have you ever noticed that God lets us experience desires that are contrary to His will? Sometimes our seemingly harmless wishes turn out to be contrary to God’s will, and it never goes well when we try to push His to match our wants. Many two-year-olds face this scenario almost daily. They are eager to explore the world, and experience good things. They want cookies, and doughnuts, and candy. They don’t understand basic nutrition or safety. They see no…
Paul did not want the church at Ephesus to think that living for God was a piece of cake; he wanted them to know the truth of the matter – they are in a fight to the finish. He told them in order to win the battle they must put on the whole armor of God. The Message version of the Bible puts it this way, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them through your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon” (Ephesians 6:13-17).
Prayer: I know that it’s a fight to the finish and that’s what I intend to do. Lord, I put on the armor so that I can withstand the enemy of my soul. You are my protection. Amen!
Devotion by Kaye Singleton
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way;” (Exodus 13:21 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). Walking around with your head in the clouds is not always negative! Oh, how I want to spend my day walking under the cloud of God’s direction. The cloud of His presence can provide protection from the heat of difficult circumstances or bring a refreshing rain to my soul. Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being my pillar of cloud everywhere I go! Devotion by Julie Long