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By Wally Fry

The Armor of God-Hold Up Your Shield

Originally posted in 2014

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Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.


 

The entire text for this devotional series can be found in Ephesians Chapter 6.

Roman soldiers carried a couple of shields, often. This particular shield probably refers to the large, almost body sized, shield they would carry to protect themselves when an enemy would launch flaming arrows into the air as part of their attack. A soldier could almost literally hide under or behind this shield and be safe.

What are the fiery darts of the wicked? Well, those represent the temptations Satan fires at believers daily. What is the faith about which Paul speaks? It’s not “The Faith,” as in true Christian faith as a system of belief. Here, Paul refers to our own personal faith in God and His strength and ability to protect us.

Our personal faith in God’s word and his promises are what protect us from the temptations Satan launches at us. We have to understand that the promise of pleasure temporarily that Satan offers is far exceeded by the promise of life and joy eternally which God offers.

Jesus Paid It All and You Really Don’t Want to Pay Your Own Way (Part 5)

My Wednesday post at The Recovering Legalist

Blessings and enjoy!

The Recovering Legalist

A guest post by Wally Fry

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Let’s get serious for a few moments now. Based on the standard of the law, we are all guilty of breaking it. I am; you are, every single one of us is. Someday we will all stand before God and the only possible verdict is a resounding GUILTY! This however, is not armed robbery, and the penalty is not simply imprisonment. What, then is the penalty? God’s Word tells us the answer to that question:

Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death………

That’s right, the penalty prescribed in God’s Law for violation of that law is the death penalty. The penalty is not penance, or purgatory, or a monetary fine or any sort of good works to make up for what we have done. The penalty for our sin is death. What does this mean? Well, after the first sin, it meant physical…

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You Hear my Prayers

He sure does hear our prayers, big or small. Of course, He can’t hear them if we don’t pray them.

Blessings and enjoy!

The Lord makes Everything Grow!

Merciful Father , when I think about the prayers of the holy ones piercing through the heavenly realms

I feel guarded by you and showered by your goodness as you cover me in all of life’s whims

Almighty God by my prayers you protect me and surround me with your celestial armies in the heavens above

Do not forsake thee O’God Please hear my cry with your ears of compassion, mercy and of love

Heavenly Father, may the heavens receive our prayers to be poured out from golden bowls of incense

I stand with you in humble and contrite submission without pretense begging you for more of your presence

Loving Master, may you never forget the cry of your children and please lend your ear to their mourning

Remind us constantly of your promise that we shall live and not die and that joy comes in the morning

My Jehovah-Jireh…

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The Armor of God-Put on Your Shoes

Originally posted in 2014

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Ephesians 6:15

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 


Read Ephesians Chapter 6 for the entire text for this series.

Obviously, A Roman soldier had to have protection for his feet. All transport in that day was by foot, and a barefooted soldier would soon be out of commission. Additionally, a Roman soldier’s foot wear would often be impregnated on the soles  with nails or studs to provide additional grip and traction as they walked and fought.  Without proper footwear, a soldier would certainly stumble and fall along the way.

A soldier’s shoes provided him an anchor point as the waded into combat; what is our anchor point? Well, our salvation in Jesus Christ of course!

This one is quite simple, really. The Preparation of the Gospel of Peace is the knowledge that we are at peace with God through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, and that He is on our side.

Are you saved? Do you have full assurance of your salvation? Are you at peace with and reconciled to God? If you do, then you need not fear stumbling and falling as you go into combat with The Enemy. If we have that, all we need to do is stand, and we can have victory.

Ponder This

Every cable TV station now has a full line up of it’s own “original series.” Which is great for actors, because more are probably working that ever before. But what about all of the poor restaurants and clubs? Where are they getting their wait staff now?

 

 

The Armor of God-Don Your Breastplate

Originally posted in 2014

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Ephesians 6:14

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;


 

Again, if you want to read the entire devotional passage on the Armor of God, read Ephesians 6:10-18.

Today we are discussing the breastplate of righteousness. A Roman soldier going into battle would wear a breastplate made of primarily leather pieces put together which would cover most of him other than arms, legs and head. Obviously, this was designed to protect the soldier’s vital organs from injury.

What is the breastplate of righteousness Paul refers to here? We will briefly discuss what it is not, then a couple of ideas on what it is.

It is not a breastplate constructed from any self-righteousness we might come up with.  This would be a shield composed of some “holier than thou” attitude we sometimes assume when dealing with the world around us.  The truth is, we are all lousy and have absolutely no righteousness of our own.  If that is the best we can come up with, that we are somehow better than others, then defeat at the hands of Satan is just around the corner.

It could be a reference to the imputed righteousness we all possess the instant we are saved by the Grace of God. This would be a breastplate constructed from the knowledge we are 100 percent forgiven by God and declared righteous in His eyes at the moment of salvation.  One of Satan’s favorite tactics is to make us doubt the goodness of God and our status with Him.  The assurance of our salvation would certainly be protection when that attack comes from the Evil One.

It could, and likely is, a reference to the daily righteousness we have from living in daily obedience to God’s Word. If we strive to learn and obey the Word of God daily, then we will be able to stand before both men and God daily knowing we are protected from any condemnation from either.

As before, however, this requires action on our parts. We must know what God wills for us in order to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness. Again, prayer, reading, studying and meditating are they keys. In this case, it also requires a willingness to take what we have learned and put it into action in our daily lives.

what is the seed you sow?

What are we sowing? Great thoughts here from Julie

Blessings and enjoy!

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but
by the seeds that you plant.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson


(the tender cap of an emerging toadstool / Julie Cook / 2017)

If you have sown the seeds of discord…
If you have sown the seeds of hate…
If you have sown the seeds of the raging inferno…
If you have sown the seeds of vile speech…
If you have sown the seeds of dissent…
If you have sown the seeds of an ungracious spirit…
If you have sown the seeds of intolerance…
If you have sown the seeds of protest…
If you have sown the seeds of opposition…
If you have sown the seeds of pushing back…
if you have sown the seeds of violence…
If you have sown the seeds of resistance
If you have sown the seeds of revolution
If you have sown the seeds of civil…

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