Ephesians 6:12-13 – 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Too often we forget just how strong a force we wrestle with every day. We regularly fight battles against forces stronger than any earthly power. Each temptation is a fierce confrontation requiring the best weapons, protection, and spiritual support.
Such a formidable battle should not be waged lightly. Only the best spiritual armor will help us resist the strength of the devil. There is none better than the armor of God. Nothing else offers us complete and total protection. Nothing else offers us the strength to withstand. Today, put on the whole armor of God. Avail yourself of its protection and guidance, for it is the only way we can overcome.
1 Peter 2:21 – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
According to an old saying, you must walk a mile in a person’s shoes before you can truly understand them. The saying may be old, but the concept is sound. In order to truly know someone, you must know their experiences, trials, perspective, and personality. You must do, think, and see as they do.
The same principle applies to our spiritual lives. Many wish to know and understand the nature of Christ. They search high and low, hoping to finally understand His character, and despite learning about Him, they never fully know Him. The only way we can know Christ, is to do the things that He did, walk in His footsteps, and mirror His example.
If we follow the pattern of Christ, walk a mile in His proverbial shoes, we will know Christ. Not only will we know Christ and His character, but we will become like Him, righteous and holy. Wait no longer. Copy Him. Walk in His way and in His example. He beckons you to follow.
Further Reading – 1 John 2:6 – He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.
John 13:15 – For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
John 16:13 – Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…
GPS has been one of the greatest advancements in personal transportation. You simply input your destination’s address into the device, and detailed step-by-step instructions lead you there. It’s almost impossible to get lost. Some devices even aid you in other ways, providing detours, traffic advice, and speed limit information. These tools make driving, especially for long distances, much easier.
The Holy Spirit is kind of like our spiritual GPS. It leads us and guides, showing us right from wrong. He gives us support during temptation and helps us discern between good and evil. In Him, we have step-by-step, detailed instructions telling us exactly how to walk in His light. Why, then, do we choose to disregard His wisdom in favor of our own? There is no logical reason. When we disregard the Holy Spirit’s guiding in favor of our own wisdom, we are sure to lose our way.
Brothers and sisters, let’s take advantage of this wonderful gift given to us. We don’t need to struggle to find the right path in our strength when we have the guiding truth of the Spirit of God. Heed His instruction instead and you’ll never go astray.
Further Reading – John 14:26 – But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
It is up to us to maintain a holy, healthy dwelling for the Holy Spirit. But, we cannot do it in our own strength. Our flesh is weak, we are deeply rooted in sin, and we are reluctant to change. However, our unchanged bodies are no place for the Spirit of God. How can we, who are comfortable in our sin, somehow become a fit body temple?
Before our bodies can be changed, our minds must be changed into the likeness of Christ. We must surrender our will to the Lord and allow Him to put His character in us. This new mind does not desire the things that defiled us before. Instead, it longs to walk closer with the Master. Once our minds have been changed to desire a holy, healthy body-temple, it becomes a matter of obedience. The Spirit of God has already promised to lead us into the right way, it is up to us to trust Him and obey.
Do not become discouraged by a less than ideal body-temple. Your current state does not have to be permanent; change is possible. Now is the time to decide whether to change or to stay the same. The Lord longs to make us all into holy temples of God. All we have to do is surrender.
Further Reading – Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – 19 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Because we are not our own, it is not up to us to decide how to treat our bodies. Our Saviour paid with His life to redeem us, and we are His. In addition to that, we have quite a high calling. Our bodies are temples, dwelling places for the Spirit of God. As a result, the stewardship of our bodies is a great responsibility.
If we want the Holy Spirit to inhabit our body-temples, we have to make a fit habitation for Him. The unholy, unhealthy habits we frequently entertain prevent His presence from abiding with us. The Spirit of God will not dwell in a temple rundown with poor eating habits or a lack of exercise. A body-temple that gives place to stimulants and other harmful substances does not leave much room for God’s Spirit, and cherished sins and grudges crowd Him as well. The Spirit of God cannot coexist with harmful habits and sin.
The Lord has entrusted the care of our body-temples to us. As stewards, it is our task to make sure our bodies are fit dwelling places for the Spirit of our Lord, and every poor habit or sin we refuse to leave, drives a wedge between us and the Holy Spirit. If we want Him to abide with us, we cannot stay in our current state. We must become new creatures in Christ.
Further Reading – 1 Corinthians 6:15 – 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ…
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1 Corinthians 10:21 – Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
It is not possible to be part of the Lord’s number and a partaker with the devil at the same time. The Lord commands His people to serve Him with all of their hearts and minds. Partial devotion simply will not do. It impossible to do this when a part of us insists on drinking of the devil’s cup. The devil does not want our split attentions either. Each side demands our full affections; we must choose one or the other.
We can no longer dabble in both sides. We cannot serve two masters; we cannot drink of two cups. Instead, we must choose. Who will you choose?
Further Reading – Luke 16:13 – No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Our God is a perfect example of forgiveness. He tirelessly forgives the trespasses we commit, despite the pain it causes Him every time we sin. He forgives those who blaspheme and curse His name. He even forgave those who betrayed and killed Him. His free forgiveness is available to anyone.
We are called to forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ as God has forgiven us. The same mercy, grace, and plentiful forgiveness we take advantage of every day should be shown to those around us. There is no reason why we should not forgive. No wrong against us can ever be as great as the misdeeds the Lord has forgiven.
When wronged, choose to forgive. Forgive as He forgave the Pharisees and those that betrayed and killed Him. Forgive as freely as He forgives our sins each and every day. Forgive as Christ forgave.
Further Reading – Matthew 18:21-35
Matthew 6:15 – 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
1 Peter 4:10 – 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
All who have received God’s gift are called to give as freely as they have received. Our kindness and love to one another should be as free as the mercy and pardon Christ gives to us. Our heavenly blessings are not intended to be exclusive. They are intended to be shared non-discriminately and liberally. As a people who have received much from the hand of God, it is only right we give as willingly to our fellow brethren. This is the mark of a good steward of God’s manifold grace. This is the mark of a child of the King.
Further Reading – Matthew 10:8 – 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
1 Peter 1:3, 4 – 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you
Thanks to the Lord’s mercy, His children are granted status as an heir to eternity’s greatest inheritance. This inheritance cannot fade, be corrupted, or be defiled, and no power on earth can ever take it away. It is this inheritance Jesus went to prepare and reserve for heirs of the Kingdom. It is this inheritance that should be sought above all else, and it is this inheritance that endures forever. Seek it first, last, and everything in between, and do not fail to claim God’s gift reserved in heaven for you.
Further Reading – John 14:1-3, Titus 3:3-7
Once a patch of ground has had all the grass and weeds removed from it, something must be planted or put there almost immediately. If it is left alone, the weeds and grass will soon return, usually thicker and higher. The same is true of our habits. If you rid yourself of a bad habit, take up a good one in its place. Do not simply leave a portion of your time and attentions unoccupied. The tempter takes advantage of this unclaimed time and will replace it with a habit or thought that may even be worse than the original. Always be sure something good takes the place of the habits you may discard. Idle, unoccupied time really is the devil’s workshop.