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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. –Ephesians 6:16 (NLT)
In the Christian life we battle against rulers and authorities (the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by Satan, who is a vicious fighter). To withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armor. Paul is not only giving this counsel to the church, the body of Christ, but to all individuals within the church. The whole body needs to be armed. As you do battle against the “mighty powers of darkness,” fight in the strength of the church, whose power comes from the Holy Spirit.
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 Christian everywhere.
O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. –Isaiah 33:2 (NRSV)
Eduardo Conde (Aveiro, Portugal) titled his story “REMAIN STANDING;” here is a portion of Eduardo’s story:
“Two years ago, after two days of almost cyclone-force winds, I traveled to an activity at one of our churches. . . . I came upon a section where many of the trees were bent over at forty-five-degree angles or had completely fallen. Only a few remained upright. . . . I later found out that the wind had not been blowing from its usual direction, and the trees could not resist the force.
“Then I thought of my Christian life. I have found myself in a similar situation several times, surprised by the wind’s direction and unprepared to face the storm. Growing in faith and in our relationship with God means becoming aware of our frailty and our need for Jesus Christ’s saving grace. Christ helps us remain standing even in unexpected situations.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In my weakness, Christ is my strength
Prayer: Gracious God, give us awareness of our frailty and certainty of your providence through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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