Thursday, March 24, 2011
Last month I was diagnosed with an incurable disease. It's been a tough month I must admit. My husband's cousin is married to a wonderful lady in California and out of the blue she called me to share and encourage me in my illness.
Carolina had been suffering and in constant pain for 8 months. She has been unable to work. She shared with me that over the Thanksgiving weekend last year the Lord instantly healed her in a church service she attended.
The doctors had done all they could do and she was miserable and not able to get any relief.
Through this illness God made himself real to her and she sought him by praying and reading the bible.
She shared with me how the Lord showed her she needed to keep a positive attitude and speak God's word into her situation. She put on the armor of God every morning before she even got out of bed.
God has used many people to speak encouragement into my life. I'm believing that the Lord is healing me and He will bring it to pass.
What God did for Carolina he will do for you and me.
Be sure and Suit up!
Hope you enjoy this devotion!
Love & hugs,
From Our Daily Bread
March 19, 2011 — by Bill Crowder
Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. —Ephesians 6:13
When I played American football as a kid, one thing that took some getting used to was all the equipment we had to wear. Running effectively in a helmet, shoulder pads, and a variety of other protective items can feel awkward and clumsy at first. But over time the protective gear becomes like a familiar friend that provides welcome protection against serious injury. When a football player suits up, he knows that his equipment is designed to protect him in battle against a dangerous opponent.
As followers of Christ, we also face a dangerous foe—a spiritual enemy who seeks our downfall and destruction. Fortunately, our Lord has provided us with protection, and He challenges us to suit up for spiritual battle.
In Ephesians 6:13, we read, “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Paul then describes our armor—helmet, breastplate, shield, sword, belt, and shoes. These pieces of spiritual equipment are effective only if we put them on and use them—even if they might feel uncomfortable at first.
Faithfulness in the Word (v.17), in prayer (v.18), and in witness (vv.19-20) are critical to making our armor feel like a part of us.
So suit up! The battle is on!
Be not weary, Christian warrior,
Buckle on thine armor tight;
Be ye strong and face the battle
In the power of His might. —Iler
God’s armor is tailor-made for you, but you must put it on.
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