TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, October 09, 2020:
Any covering worn for protection against offensive weapons; any quality, characteristic, situation, or thing that protects.
Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Every believer can be assured that we are in a spiritual war with Satan and all the demons of his army. The reason for this is that we were all born into this world as sinners because of the actions of Adam and Eve and Satan is the ruler of this sinful world. The goal of Satan is to defeat Christ’s church which is made up of those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior.
Since we were born sinners, we have a penalty to pay for our sins. God sent His Son to this earth to die and pay the penalty for our sins. We as sinners need to ask God for forgiveness, accept Jesus as our Savior and then live for Him until He returns to take us to heaven.
In our own power, we cannot withstand the attacks of Satan. There is no doubt that we need armor to protect us. The scriptures give us a clear picture of the armor that God has provided for us. We face a very real enemy in life who seeks to deceive and distract us from becoming who God wants us to be. So, it is very important that we remain alert, at all times, watching for the deception that Satan will use to weaken our faith in Jesus, our Savior and God our creator.
We need to prepare for spiritual warfare by taking time every day to communicate with God and by making sure that we put on the various armor pieces that God has provided for us. The apostle Paul has outlined for us what God has available for us in Ephesians 6:13-18.
We are to put on the “helmet of salvation” to protect our mind and imagination from Satan’s weapons of doubt and discouragement that he uses to destroy our assurance of salvation. We need to focus our thoughts on the love and power of our Lord that is ours because of our Lord’s victory over sin and His death on the cross.
We need to claim the righteousness of Christ by wearing the “breastplate’ that will protect our heart and our emotions. The “belt of truth” should be wrapped around the core of our being to protect us from deception and so we will not be governed by feelings rather than the truth of God’s Word.
By putting on the “sandals of peace” God will guide our steps and see that our feet are planted firmly in the good news of God’s redemption and His love and saving grace for all the world. It is the good news of God’s redeeming love that brings peace. These “sandals” will also empower us to stand firm against any and all attacks that will come our way by Satan.
We need to put on the “sword of the Spirit” which is the Word of God. There is no greater weapon to combat and defeat Satan. We must keep God’s Word ready and available at all times by reading it and planting it in our hearts. This will allow us to always be ready to deflect and cut down Satan’s lies against the truth of God and give us victory over all his evil ways. The key to defeat Satan’s attacks is to not only know God’s Word but to obey it.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Job 22:26-27.
You will have delight in the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to God. You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
Help me to never be so preoccupied with the anxieties in my life that I lose my focus that I need to be placing on the joy of knowing You. Help me to daily “dress” for battle knowing that You will enable me to be fully victorious over every temptation and evil desire that Satan tries to use to draw me away from You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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