Devotions About God’s Armor
The Bible, in Ephesians, says to put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This book is designed to help you do just that and in so doing understand how God uses His armor to protect, strengthen and shield us so we can minister to the people he places in our paths. (book size 4.25 x 7, perfect bound paper back, 192 pages)
Psalm 40:11 – Do not withhold Your mercy from me, O Lord; may Your love and Your truth always protect me.
King David, with all the wealth of his kingdom at his disposal, all the power he had and the large army that he commanded, still understood that he would be consumed by his sinful nature if God’s truth did not protect him. In The Message, the second part of this verse is translated, “Your love and truth is all that keeps me together.”
Gordo stumbled toward his campsite. He watched as his buddies partied around the fire pit, their shadows weaving as high as the tree tops in grotesque shapes. Gordo blinked. It was as if he were being pulled toward them. One woman shrieked, her laughter a distortion to his ears. Gordo tipped the bottle he carried, taking a long drink. The bitter liquid burned all the way down his throat.
Just then, his attention was captured by laughter from another campsite; its tinkle sounded like little bells. He watched these people and noticed the drinks they held in their hands. Pop. Nothing but pop. Their faces seemed softer somehow, genuinely enjoying the companionship around the fire. There was nothing harsh or grotesque about their shadows either. Huh?
Gordo was given a glimpse of the difference between a life steeped in sin and lives filled with the truth of God. While his friends campsite seemed to claw him towards their location, the warmth emanating from this other campsite felt so refreshing, freer somehow. Gordo decided to find out why.
Even the most devout of all the saints in the bible, knew that sin was just around the corner waiting to consume them. They needed the protection of God’s Word, His truth. Do you expect that one hour in church on Sunday morning will protect you as you walk in this world all week? How is that working for you? By week’s end, have you failed miserably, once again, to reflect the Savior’s love to those you come in contact with?
What makes us think that today is any better than in the times of King David? Are we stronger than this man who was considered a man after God’s heart? Even more important, Jesus, in the form of man, sought His Father’s council on a regular basis. Take a few minutes, each day, to place yourself in partnership with God as you walk under his protecting arm, side by side, step by step.
Father, remind me often that, without You, I am a frail sinful mass of humanity. All that I accomplish, all that I produce, is nothing when it is not seasoned with Your truth. Protect my sight with Your truth. Protect my mind and my heart with Your insights so that the enemy cannot gain a foothold. Amen.