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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
These who are not “flesh and blood” are demons over whom Satan has control. They are not mere fantasies-they are very real. We face a powerful army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, these beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from him and back to sin. Although we are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns, because Satan is constantly battling against all who are on the Lord’s side. We need supernatural power to defeat Satan, and God has provided this by giving us his Holy Spirit within us and his armor surrounding us. If you feel discouraged, remember Jesus’ words to Peter “Upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18).
How can anyone pray at all times? One way is to make quick, brief prayers your habitual response to every situation you meet throughout the day. Another way is to order your life around God’s desires and teachings so that your very life becomes a prayer. You don’t have to isolate yourself from other people and from daily work in order to pray constantly. You can make prayer your life and your life a prayer while living in a world that needs God’s powerful influence. We also should pray for all believers in Christ; so pray for the Christians you know and for the church around the world. (NLT)
Ephesians 6:10-18 – A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.
Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
Faith Ford (Herefordshire, England) titled her story “THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD;” here is a portion of Faith’s story:
“Life had become so busy that I had stopped reading the Bible reference in my devotional time with The Upper Room. But doing so left me unsatisfied. I soon felt I was thirsting for the word of God and returned to reading the suggested Bible passage as well as the quoted verse more carefully in my devotional time. . . .
“Only together with scripture can the writer’s personal thoughts bring us closer to our God, who wishes to communicate love to us fully. I have begun to realize that the busier we are the more important it is to put aside time to be with God. We can find strength, protection, guidance, and peace in Bible study and prayer.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Reading the Bible alongside the stories of other believers is a double blessing.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, encourage us to read your word and to share your love with others. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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