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Tag Archives: Ephesians

  • Helmet of Salvation

    Posted on March 15, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

    The helmet of salvation saves from past sin, empowers to overcome present evil and provides a future hope of Jesus coming back for His bride, the church. Salvation is much more than a moment in time conversion when a person is delivered from darkness into light. It is an ongoing experience of the Lord saving us from ourselves, saving us from sin and saving us from the enemy’s influence. The Spirit convicts us, Jesus saves us and the Father keeps us secure in Him.

    Moreover, our mind is a battleground over what we believe. Unscrupulous spiritual forces seek to create confusion and vain speculation. We are wise to take every thought captive for Christ, so none of our ideas are locked up in a prison camp of lies. Like a magician presenting a false appearance of reality, so Satan seeks to play mind games that create fear or false hope. However,  we wisely renew our mind daily by His cleansing word. Jesus saves us from stinking thinking.

    We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

     

    Does God’s good plan and future hope fill your head? Indeed, these hopeful thoughts breed healthy thinking that leads to wise living. You can be hopeful, because your provision is from the One who gave you the vision. You can be hopeful, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. You can be hopeful, because there is nothing that can separate you from the love of your Heavenly Father. You can be hopeful, because in Christ you have all you need!

     

    Therefore, put on heaven’s helmet of salvation. It may look unusual to a lost world, but your outward devotion reminds them of their inner need for a Savior. Be ever vigilant to protect your mind, since a blow to the head from trashy thoughts leads to bad behavior. Ask the Lord to deliver you from talking yourself into foolish decisions. Submit to Him and to trusted advisors who provide checks and balances in your decision-making. Fill your mind with Christ’s mind!

     

    Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

    1 Corinthians 2:16

     

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, save my thoughts from the influence of evil and fill me with righteous thinking.

    Related Readings: Isaiah 59:17; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

    Post/Tweet today: The Spirit convicts us, Jesus saves us and the Father keeps us secure in Him. #salvation

     

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

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  • Shield of Faith

    Posted on March 14, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

    The shield of faith is the first line of defense against the devil’s fiery arrows. It is forged on the Almighty’s anvil with the Holy Trinity’s alloy. Faith in the Father, Son and Spirit are three metals of faith that cannot be destroyed. The heat of adversity cannot melt them. The cold of relational conflict cannot break them. And the onslaught of suffering cannot bend them. Yes, the shield of faith is a heavenly refuge for the righteous to know and feel the assurance of God, three in one.

    Do you take up your shield of faith, or do you take itfor granted, while it lies on the ground, ineffective? A horizontal shield of faith is no help, but a vertical one marshals heaven’s forces. Your part is to hold onto and hold up your shield of faith; His part is to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. He extinguishes arrows of doubt with His reassuring words in Scripture and His calming presence in prayer. He extinguishes arrows of pride with your humble service.

    The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. Psalm 28:7

     

    Obedience is evidence of faith that is alive and engaged in God’s agenda. We know we are surrounded by spiritual support when we enlist in the Lord’s army. If we become AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) to Christ’s commands, we are exposed to the enemy’s artillery. A solo saint is easy prey for the enemy’s ploys. Therefore, we stay accountable to a community of faith, who shield us from ignorance and foolish decisions. Faith needs support from friends.

     

    Lastly, wait on God to bring reinforcements to your challenging situation. Stay in your trench of trust and the Holy Spirit will renew your spirit and give you peace and hope in the middle of the your adversary’s attacks. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength in your struggles. Take up your shield of faith and take on Satan. His arrows of deceit and discouragement are extinguished by your bold belief in God. Your shield of faith is reliable. It is insured by the Father, Son and Spirit.

     

    This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power. 1 Peter 1:4-5

    Prayer: Heavenly Father,I place my faith and trust in You to extinquish the enemy’s flaming arrows of doubt and discouragement.

    Related Readings: Psalm 115:9-11; Isaiah 31:5; Matthew 5:37; 1 John 5:4; Revelation 12:11

    Post/Tweet today: A horizontal shield of faith is no help, but a vertical one marshals heaven’s forces. #faith

     

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

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  • Power in Peace

    Posted on March 13, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15

    The good news of the gospel is bad news for the devil and his demons. Because Jesus followers have peace with God they are able to stand in the power of God. His peace reigns over a surrendered life which gives His children confidence to conquer evil foes. This quiet conviction is rooted in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The One who overcame death is the One who overcomes Satan. The Prince of Peace gives peace and power for spiritual battle.

    Belief in the gospel keeps your feet of faith dry and warm in spiritual shoes fitted for you by Jesus. The enemy tries to create blisters of doubt on your heels, but when he irritates you, remind him that he has been crushed by Christ. Since Jesus gives you peace with God, you can be at peace with yourself, even with your enemies. Indeed, an adversary who sees you ready for spiritual battle looks for other unprepared victims. Faith footwear causes culprits to flee in fear.

    When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them. Proverbs 16:7

     

    Moreover, make sure to help other friends and family find peace with God, so they are equipped to expose and defeat the enemies schemes. A vague belief in God is insufficient to fight a savvy spiritual foe. It is the power of the gospel that gets the attention of the adversary. When you lead another to trust in Jesus alone for the forgiveness of their sins: peace replaces pride, faith unseats fear and gratitude graduates guilt. The gospel gives us inner stability to overcome external chaos.

     

    Yes, your feet of faith will be soiled by sin requiring washing by Christ’s cleansing grace. So, stay focused on spiritual foot care and footwear, because it is foundational in resisting unrighteousness. Invite the Holy Spirit to fit your feet in peace with His caressing comfort. You are ready to stand firm against an onslaught of lies and deception when the gospel is your reminder of why you lovingly follow Jesus. Confront bad news with the good news of God!

     

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I rest in Your inner peace, so I can calmly confront outer chaos.

    Related Readings: Gensis 3:14-16; Isaiah 52:7; Romans 1:1-17, 10:15; 2 Timothy 1:8

    Post/Tweet today: A vague belief in God is insufficient to fight a savvy spiritual foe. It’s the gospel’s power that gets the adversary’s attention. #gospel

     

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Breastplate of Righteousness

    Posted on March 12, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. Ephesians 6:14

    The most strategic piece of spiritual armor may be the breastplate of righteousness. All other weapons are directly affected by this central defensive device for God. At salvation a new believer is made righteous in Christ, but going forward there  growth in grace that is practical righteousness lived out day by day. Indeed, the breastplate covers vital organs that give life. Likewise, holiness protects the heart of affection, the well  of emotion and the lungs of prayer.

    A holy heart of affection sets its sights on loving God. These warriors of the light are enamored with their Savior’s agenda, not their own. So, when you put on the breastplate of righteousness you invite the Holy Spirit to be your suitor. Nothing else and  no one else is a close competitor in your loyalty to the Lord Jesus. As a #2 pencil is unable to penetrate a steel door, so the fiery darts of the devil fall harmlessly to the ground when encountering Christ’s righteousness in you.

    This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 3:22

     

    Emotions exposed are fair game for the enemy. The devil loves drama, so he can sow seeds of confusion to create a crisis. However, when our emotions are under the influence of righteousness, we do not submit to sideways energy. We keep the bigger picture of what God is doing. Our central focus is Jesus, not our own interests. Under the Holy Spirit’s control we channel our emotions into productive prayers and selfless service. Righteousness avoids wounds.

     

    Satan aimlessly attempts to scratch through your steel plate of righteousness, but to no avail. His taunting and pawing tries to constrict your spiritual breath with fear, but he is rebuffed by your righteous prayers. Yes, you exhale any uncleanliness in humble confession and you inhale by faith the clean air of God’s grace. Your prayers are a result of righteousness and they result in righteousness. Therefore, you can trust the Lord. He has your front and He’s got your back!

     

    Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I am grateful for Your protection by the righteousness I have in Christ.

    Related Readings: Psalm 132:9; Isaiah 59:17; 1 Corinthains 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

    Post/Tweet today: Your prayers are a result of righteousness and they result in righteousness. #prayer

     

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Belt of Truth

    Posted on March 11, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. Ephesians 6:14
    Truth supports the other weapons of spiritual warfare by providing clarity and context. Yes, God’s truth is a reality check that protects from foolish diversions. Wisdom from above gives courage and conviction below to stand firm for what’s right. Moral resolve results in a life girded with the belt of truth. Jesus spoke with authority because He based His teaching on truth as defined by His Heavenly Father. Thus, spiritual armor buckled by the belt of truth is secure.
    First, it is necessary to know and understand truth as taught in Holy Scripture. The Bible is clear: The Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28), The Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39), The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and the The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) are foundational for serious followers of Christ. Paul’s Epistles dig deeper into the why, behind what is true. Yes, Jesus is truth, so to know Him is to know truth. Freedom equals understanding truth.
    We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

    Furthermore, the belt of truth is a reminder to always be truthful, especially when it costs something. You may need to forfeit a financial opportunity, because truthfully, it is not a right fit for you and your family. You may fear your forthright response may jeopardize a friendship, but better to be clear in the beginning, so there are no surprises in the end. Honesty is heaven’s mandate. Therefore, tell the truth, so all the facts are apparent to everyone. Truth tellers eventually earn respect.
    Lastly, speak the truth in love. Direct language laced with grace solicits a grateful and rational response. The spirit of our words is as important as their accuracy. How we say what we say prepares the listener for the truth. So,we need to ask the Lord for an extra measure of humility and grace, especially if we are gifted in wisdom and discernment.. The belt of truth clarifies our beliefs, so we know who we are in Christ and how we are able to stand firm by faith. Truth protects.
    I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17
    Prayer: Heavenly Father by faith I buckle the belt of Your truth around my heart, mind and soul.
    Related Readings: Isaiah 11:5; Proverbs 16:21, 24; John 1:14, 7:28; Philippians 1:9
    Post/Tweet today: Direct language laced with grace solicits a grateful and rational response. #graciouswords

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry
    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Satanic Schemes

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11

    Busyness is a compelling strategy of Satan’s. He knows if he can lead believers in Jesus to be perpetually busy for Jesus, prayer is postponed. A schedule with no time for solitude is not sustainable over time. So, the devil and his demons get in the head of sincere Christians and have them heading in 14 different directions. A chronically active servant of Christ is spiritually impotent compared to a focused, contemplative child of God. Too B U S Y is Being Under Satan’s Yoke!

    Pride is another preferred tactic of the devil. He wants us to think we can out smart the Lord. So he whispers in our mind, “What has God really said?” “Aren’t you an exception to Christ’s expectations?” Pride dismisses prayer as impractical and wills its way into getting its way. The enemy understands that God distances Himself from the proud, but He is drawn to the humble. Thus, we deflate our ego by deflecting praise of man back to God. We glory in the glory of God!

    Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:10-11

    Fear is a favorite scheme of Satan. He knows that fear and faith cannot coexist, so a fear-based believer is stuck in a scary cycle of infant belief. Just as a child fears the dark and is frantic, so an immature faith is paralyzed and threatened. Fear immobilizes your confidence, but intimacy with your Heavenly Father flushes out fear and replaces it with faith. The dark side of the devil’s domain has no dominion over you. Worship and praise the name of Jesus and Satan flees in fear!

    Lastly, call the devil’s bluff with your bold belief in God’s grace and protection. He cannot do anything that your Heavenly Father doesn’t first allow. However, don’t test the Lord by dabbling with temptation and giving Satan a foothold in your faith. What you tolerate in moderation the enemy will escalate to excess. So, fear God and fear of the enemy will evaporate. Be diligent to feast on God’s word and fast from the devil’s delicacies. Above all else, rest in the palm of your Heavenly Father’s hand;there you are safe from satanic schemes. In Christ, you overcome evil!

    The word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:14

     

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I rest in the palm of Your hand and I trust in Your protection.

    Related Readings: Genesis 3:1; Job 1:12; John 10:28-30; Ephesians 4:27; 1 Timothy 4:1

    Post/Tweet today: Be diligent to feast on God’s word and fast from the devil’s delicacies. #scripture

     

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Building Up Your Marriage

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Tracie Miles

    Tracie Miles

    "However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." Ephesians 5:33 (NIV)

    When I married my husband over 23 years ago, I fully intended to unconditionally love, respect and admire him. I had great intentions of being the perfect wife, offering kind words, a romantic kiss and dinner on the table every evening.

    But then careers took off, bills increased, children were born, laundry piles grew, and life became chaotic. Along the way I subconsciously created a measuring stick of expectations for whether my husband actually deserved my love and respect.

    When marriage didn't meet the unrealistic expectations I had before the wedding, and real life kicked in, it became easy to fall into the habit of tearing down my husband and marriage.

    It seemed the longer we were together, the easier it was to see each other's flaws, and mercilessly criticize them. This eventually led to short tempers, less tolerance, and a lack of marital bliss. Not what I dreamed my marriage would be when I said "I do."

    Maybe you can relate? Have you noticed too that as a result of these frustrations, the gifts of unconditional love, respect and admiration that we fully intended to offer become gifts we withhold?

    A few years ago I picked up a book written for wives. I was hoping to rekindle some passion in my marriage. Little did I know God would use truths shared in that book to get my attention and help me make some inward changes.

    As I read, God convicted my heart about things I had said to my husband just days earlier. Critical comments that rolled off my tongue so easily, I now regretted deeply. Although I had fully intended to be my husband's biggest encourager, I had become one of his worst critics.

    God helped me see the powerful influence I have on my husband and marriage when choosing words that build up. Words that encourage instead of discourage. Words that heal, not wound.

    As women, we can build up or tear down our husbands every day, merely by the respect we give, the words we choose, and the amount of faith in him we convey.

    Respect and admiration are two of the most powerful tools a wife has to influence her husband. Realizing I had fallen short in giving those two precious gifts to my man, I asked God to help me control my tongue. I asked Him to fill my heart and mouth with words that would make my husband feel admired, respected and loved, regardless of whether I felt he deserved it.

    I knew I'd need God's help to follow through on my renewed intentions, so I asked for a gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit when critical thoughts crept into my mind. God helped me avoid the temptation to say them out loud.

    Within just a few weeks, I saw a change — in me, in my husband's demeanor, and in our relationship. A change that rekindled unconditional love, respect and admiration within my heart, thoughts and actions toward my husband. A change that reflected what I set out to give him all along.

    Through our words of respect, and admiration, we can help our husbands become the great men God created them to be, and in turn, have we can have the marriages we fully intended to build. It will take patience, humbleness and grace, but it'll produce love, happiness and togetherness.

    Dear Lord, help tame my tongue and focus on building up my man. Help me break free of the habit to criticize, even when warranted. Open my eyes to the positive, not the negative. Draw us closer, and help us both nurture a strong and loving marriage. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:
    Tracie Miles' new book Stressed Less Living: Finding God's Peace In Your Chaotic World can help you have a less stressed marriage.

    Capture His Heart and Capture Her Heart by Lysa TerKeurst are great wedding presents for the newlyweds in your life! Or purchase a set for you and your husband.

    Reflect and Respond:
    Think about how important your husband's love is to you and consider how much your respect means to him.

    If your marriage seems strained right now, think about conversations with your husband lately. Have your comments been encouraging and uplifting, or discouraging and destructive?

    Power Verses:
    Genesis 2:24, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." (NIV 1984)

    James 3:5b-6a, "Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body." (NIV 1984)

    © 2013 by Tracie Miles. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
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    Matthews, NC 28105
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  • Spiritual Struggle

    Posted on March 7, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    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. Ephesians 6:12

    Spiritual struggle is a normal process in the life of a saint. There is pressure from unholy, unseen forces that force their agenda of doubt, lies and temptation onto God fearers. Unrighteous influences do not rest until they make believers in Jesus restless in their faith. Evil authorities of darkness look for ways to create fear in the face of uncertainty. Demons laugh when they can pit good people against one another. They try to confuse Christians stuck in their spiritual struggle.

    Our spiritual struggle is meant to move us closer to Christ. He sympathizes with our challenges, because He was tempted as we are, yet without sin. The Lord is our holy advocate who defeats unholy spiritual forces for His namesake. Yes, Jesus has broken the devil’s power over life and death. Like a roaring lion, Satan still tries to intimidate and manipulate us into a fearful panic, but Christ is King. He has tamed the toothless tyrant. Thus, our Savior is with us as we struggle.

    Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:31

    In your search for spiritual reality and stability avoid false teachers and spiritists who call up the dead, for they are dead wrong. The occult, astrology and horoscopes are a spiritual sham that only feed fanciful living. Your heart hungers for help, but you are wise to protect it from spiritual junk food. Satisfy your soul’s appetite with healthy routines. Engage in a Bible believing church, daily meditate on Scripture in prayer and meet regularly in a small caring community of Christians.

    If you struggle alone in your spiritual quest you will miss God’s best. However, when you have a safe environment to share with other struggling saints, you will see Jesus in them. The Holy Spirit works through other submitted followers of God to give you comfort when you are hurting and wisdom when you are unsure. Like an army’s squad of twelve, surround yourself with loyal comrades who watch your back. Prayers of righteous friends frustrate the devil and his demons. Your struggles subside as you feel peace from prayer support and when your hope is in Christ!

    I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Romans 15:30

     

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I need You to stabilize my faith as I struggle with doubt and confusion.

    Related Readings: Leviticus 20:6; Isaiah 8:19; Luke 4:34; Mark 5:9; Romans 8:37-39

    Post/Tweet today: Unrighteous influences do not rest until they make believers in Jesus restless in their faith. #temptation

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

     

     


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  • Father of Lies

    Posted on March 6, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11

    Satan is the original liar. Jesus branded him the “father of lies.” Yes, he is ever planning and scheming  how he can bring down devoted followers of Christ. Apathetic believers do not concern hell, but those with a fiery faith become targets of the tempter. Like an illusionist the devil and his demons play mind games on their prey. They paint pictures with an allure of reality, but when played out become foolish ploys. Only fools chase the false promises of evil spirits.

    Moreover, the father of lies leads us to live in confusion and doubt. His goal is for us to reject  God’s existence. The pinnacle of pride is to think we are the center of the universe and we have no need to acknowledge a Creator. But, if we do believe in God, then “Lucifer the liar” wants us to think we become equal to God. If we believe this absurdity, we become an idol and fall into temptation in the process. Like a camouflaged snake he waits to subtly strike with a lie.

    You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

     

    Another weapon in Satan’s arsenal of lies is to educate fools into believing he is a myth. He is like a stealth bomber, sneaking up  and destroying unsuspecting victims. A modern culture that rejects the reality of evil personified by the devil and his demons is an unprotected target of hell’s fury. Yes, lying is the native tongue of your enemy, but truth is the language of your Lord Jesus. So, be teachable to the Father of Truth, and He will set you free from the deceptions of the devil.

    Lastly, be careful to not exchange the truth for a lie. The truth is, because you are loved and forgiven by your heavenly Father, you can love and forgive. The truth is you are beautifully and uniquely created in the image of God. The truth is Christ died and rose from the dead to forgive your sins and give you abundant life. The truth is humility qualifies you to grow in grace. The truth is greatness comes by becoming a servant. The truth is Jesus has defeated the devil...period!

    Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

    Prayer: Heavenly Father by Your Spirit give me a discerning heart that resists the devil with truth.

    Related Readings: Isaiah 14:12-15; Romans 1:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:23-25; 1 Peter 5:8-9

    Post/Tweet today: Lying is the native tongue of our enemy, but truth is the language of our Lord Jesus. #truth

     

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • God’s Full Armor

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11

    God’s armor is required for followers of Jesus to defeat the enemies of Jesus. Spiritual surprise attacks increase for those serious students of Scripture who decrease their status for the sake of the gospel. The devil is determined to deter disciples of Christ who wage spiritual warfare on their knees in prayer. However, the armor issued by heaven has never lost a battle. Like wooden arrows striking titanium, Satan’s schemes are no match for God’s defensive gear. He’s a loser.

    Have you, by faith, put on the full armor of God? Or are you exposed to suffering wounds by wearing half the world’s armor and half heaven’s protection? Indeed, the armor of the world: financial security, status and autonomy all seek placement in your spiritual protection. However, these are pseudo protectors of your mind, body, soul and spirit. Temporal trusts facilitate a false sense of security, but only trust in the Lord’s protection provides eternal security. You stand firm in Him.

    But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. Luke 11:22

    Spiritual battles require spiritual resources. Furthermore there are evils forces behind our fractured relationships and the conflicting desires within our heart. Beyond the surface of our struggles are demonic spirits with evil intent. Therefore, we intentionally and prayerfully put on the full armor of God, so we are equipped to engage the enemy. We speak the name of Jesus and fluster Satan’s foray to get us to doubt. “In Jesus'name,” fuels our faith and frustrates the devil.

    Lastly, God’s defense for you is an armor of light. Yes, His protection exposes and expunges the devil’s deeds done in darkness. The light of the Lord’s armor shines on your path, so you are able to confidently take your next steps in His will. You are a child of the light, thus, walk in the light as He is in the light. Awaken to Almighty God’s ability to resource you with His weapons of righteousness. Disrobe any worldly armor and cover your whole being in the full armor of God.

    So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

    Prayer: Heavenly Father by faith I put on Your full armor so I can stand firm in You.

    Related Readings: Psalm 35:1-3; Jeremiah 46:3-5; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

    Post/Tweet today: When we speak and act in Jesus' name, it fuels our faith and frustrates the devil. #jesusname

     

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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