“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11). We are encouraged to be strong in the Lord and through the power of His might, and we are told to put on the whole armor of God. We do not wear armor as they did in Paul’s day, however, we need protection from Satan. Literally, through prayer, we are to put on each piece. The Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God are to be put on every day. Put on the whole armor of God so that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
“And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, and he passed on, but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.” (1 Samuel 9:27). Samuel is preparing to anoint Saul King over Israel. After sending the servant on by Samuel tells Saul to “Stand still a while, that I may shew thee the Word of the Lord.” There are times in our lives when we are praying or reading the Bible or even worshipping at church with other believers, that we miss hearing God. Things around and even within us clamor for our attention. We are not still before Him and therefore, we miss hearing the Word of God. Take a moment to be still before the Lord. Let Him speak to your heart, listen and be obedient.
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10). We don’t often think of God rejoicing, but He does, and in this passage, He rejoices over one that was lost and is now found. Are there problems in your life caused by your sin? Repent and turn back to God today. Zephaniah 3:17 says “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Let God rejoice over you.
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8). 400 years before Christ, the prophet Micah had the right idea of what it is to love God and your neighbor. First, to walk humbly with God means to love Him and to be obedient to Him. Secondly, we must show mercy and be just to all mankind. It reminds you of the words of Christ “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39). Do what the Lord requires of you; do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16). There are times in our lives that we need God’s mercy and moments when His grace is sufficient to cover all. When these times come, we should come boldly to the throne of grace. Don’t hesitate or be afraid, come with confidence that God is going to supply all you need. No greater sacrifice has ever been made than when God so loved the world He gave His only Son to die for the sin of man and freely give him eternal life in heaven. That is why it is called GRACE: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:3) This verse tells us that we are to praise the Lord all day long. Within each day there are those times when it is not easy to praise the Lord. Problems and trials always come and we become frustrated, depressed, and even angry. It is exactly in these moments when we need to praise the Lord. God uses these times to mold us and make us more like His son Jesus. God never promised that the Christian life would be an easy life. But, He did promise to be with us through this life. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). So, whether your day is going smooth or it has become frustrating, remember God is right there with you. Praise the Lord.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Many Christians live a defeated life. They have allowed sin and fear to rule in their lives and because of this, they cannot be used for God. But notice what this verse says; we have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of the finished work of Christ, we have victory over the law, sin, and death. What a wonderful reason to be thankful to God. Take a moment today and thank God for the victory we have in Jesus. Be victorious today in Christ Jesus.