Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013 … God’s Strength and His Armor In Battle

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 233

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Twelve Minutes of Viewing that could change your life … with the Ellerslie Mission Society presenting the power of the Gospel to give us God’s full armor in battle. … Then listen – with this link  to this encouraging song, sung by Steven Curtis Chapman, singing his lyrics in His Strength Is Perfect, also reminding us that the only way we can fight the battles of life is by wearing God’s full armor and by carrying His Spirit Sword.

Highlight meditation passage – Joshua 7: 10-12 [NLT]:  
10 But the LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this? 11 Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen the things that I commanded to be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them; they have also lied about it and hidden the things among their belongings. 12 That is why the Israelites are running from their enemies in defeat. For now Israel has been set apart for destruction. I will not remain with you any longer unless you destroy the things among you that were set apart for destruction.
Highlight reading study #1 of Joshua, Chapters 7: Go to this link … 

Reference Passage #1: Ephesians 6: 10-18 – Go to this link [Putting on God’s full armor to stand in our daily battles.] … [NLT] …

My Journal for Today: Today Os Hillman’s devotional takes me back to Joshua, Chapter 7 today, where God’s people, having crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land, and having taken Jericho in their first battle, now encountered a “small-time” enemy at Ai. This battle should’ve been an easy one for the Israelites; but as you read in Chapter 7 of Joshua’s book, the Amorites there soundly defeated God’s chosen peoples in battle.

 And you may recall why. Yes, it was because of the disobedience of only ONE of the leaders of God’s army. His name was Achan; and in rebellion and disobedience, he was not willing to obey God’s commands. And therein is the message reminder for yours truly, as a soldier in God’s army – and perhaps for you as well.

When we go into battle today in the daily spiritual battles of life; and you know we will; we must be surrendered to God’s will totally so that we can put on His full armor and carry His well sharpened and practiced Sword of the Spirit (see Paul’s description of the armor in Ephesians 6: 10-18 linked above). Because, as the videos to which I’ve linked you today depict, we can be victors in battle rather than victims … IF and only IF … we’re humbly willing to be surrendered soldiers to our Commander in Chief (i.e., God’s Spirit), who will daily give us His strength to cover our weaknesses (as Steven Curtis Chapman sings in the song to which I’ve linked you today).

What about it, fellow soldier? Are you wearing God’s full armor today? Are you carrying a well-practiced and sharpened Spirit Sword? Because if you are, as I am, we can cover each other’s back as we do battle together today and we’ll take that high ground of prayer to hold it in Name of our King Jesus!


My Prayer for Today … Today, Lord, my co-warrior and I, reading here with me, are wearing Your armor and carrying Your Sword, Holy Spirit; and we’re here today to take the high ground of prayer in Your Name. … Amen

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