Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013 … How Great Is Our God!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 231

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please, Please, PLEASE, before you take in what I’ve written below, watch/listen to a powerful song sung by Chris Tomlin, singing “How Great Is Our God”, which I’m using as the title for my devotional entry today. In all the challenges of life, how many of us believe and rely on the greatness of our God?

Highlight reading study #1 of Isaiah, Chapters 36-37: Go to this link … 

Highlight reading study #2 of Isaiah 37: 9-20: Go to this link

Reference Passage #1: Ephesians 6: 10 and 18 [When we’re embattled, the most powerful battle strategy we have is PRAYER to our great God.] … [NLT] …  
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. … 
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

My Journal for Today: You know, when any of you fellow readers take in the title which I’ve given to my devotional entry for today, I think most – if not all – of you would agree – at least intellectually - that we serve a GREAT GOD. But when we’re faced with the battles of life, just how much do we believe and rely on God’s greatness and His desire to show His greatness to His enemies and the world?

Going back today into the Old Testament history of God’s people and their embattlement, we read in Isaiah, Chapters 36-37, of one of God’s good-guy Kings, … Hezekiah, who was confronted in his day by the Assyrians. The Assyrians were an empire of bullies, led by a king, Sennacherib, who was out to destroy Jerusalem. And they besieged the City of David and had the kingdom of Judah, under Hezekiah, total surrounded and outnumbered. And you can read above in Isaiah, Chapter 37: 9-20, linked above, that Sennacherib sent a letter to Hezekiah mocking God and touting the power of the Assyrians. And so, what was Hezekiah’s primary battle strategy? It was PRAYER. And when you read the remaining historical documentation in Isaiah, Chapter 37, you see how God showed off His greatness in sending His angel to defeat and slaughter 185,000 Assyrians without Hezekiah losing one soldier in battle.

How truly great IS our God?!!

Yes, … but do we REALLY believe that, when we’re confronted and besieged in the battles of life, … we can totally rely on God for His greatness in our spiritual battles by taking our battles to the Lord in prayer. Paul recognized this battle strategy when he wrote about putting on the full armor of God, taking up a well-sharpened and well-practiced sword of the Spirit, … but then, … taking the high ground for battle by praying, … praying, … praying in the Spirit (see Ephesians 6: 10-18).

 However, fellow Christian, when we’re backed up in battle by a world which mocks and hates God and when Satan shows his powerful enmity for God in the world, do we really believe that we serve a God Who is greater and more powerful to overcome our spiritual foes? ….

I wonder!!

My Prayer for Today … Lord, today, I’m taking the high ground in prayer. … Amen

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