The Armour of God

This devotional was started today, June 27, 2020. I wanted to share this devotional from the internet with you.

Devotional

Put On The Whole Armour Of God.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Let’s examine Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬. The first word in this passage is, “Put”. When you “put” on the entire armor of God, you’re intentionally dressing yourself with every part of His Word. Choose to put on the whole armor of God. Don’t cherry-pick His Word. Don’t self-select the parts of the Bible that you choose to obey. Digest His entire Word. God requires your participation. You have to make the choice to put on the armor of God. 

Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬ declares, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Actively put on God’s armor so that the enemy will not take you off guard. You can’t defeat the enemy in your own armor — your flesh. You can’t defeat the enemy in your own strength. You can’t defeat the enemy with your carnal intellect. Only God’s armor can keep you and protect you from the snares and traps of the enemy. Only God’s Word can defeat and destroy the enemy’s tactics. 

Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭AMPC‬‬ declares, “Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.” God supplies your armor. God is the One who gives you strength, courage, tenacity and the boldness to fight the enemy. 

Action:

Are there gaps in your armor? Are you trying to defeat the enemy in your own strength? Choose to surrender to God daily. Read the entire chapter of Ephesians 6. Pray and ask God to equip you for your assignment.

The Armor of God — Eph 6:10-20

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. 

Getting To Know Jesus

    I have known Jesus for a long time now. I have gotten to know Jesus more in the past four years. 

I’ve mentioned that I had a kidney transplant thirty-two years ago. Thanks to my donor, who is my mother, who is now seventy-six years young/old. Thanks to outstanding doctors, I had learned about Glomerulonephritis in 2016. I realized how blessed I have been with the kidney lasting as long as it did before finding out that I was losing the kidney. I’ve learned that kidney transplants do not last more than twenty years. 

I praised God for the doctors, the nurses, friends, and family, and my belief in God began to grow stronger. In 2016, I did not know that I would have another three years with the kidney before having to start dialysis in April 2019. I chose to do hemodialysis this time, when I had done peritoneal dialysis in November 1987 – March 12, 1988. 

I was able to have my transplanted kidney for 31 years before starting dialysis again. The past four years of getting to know Jesus has had its ups and downs, and yet I love Jesus despite the downs I have had. With my downtime, which is usually an emotional breakdown of some kind, I understand what and why my nervous breakdown happened, then I come back to Jesus ready to learn how to be a better person.

           Getting to know Jesus today is a job I have to work on every day of my life. He was a man on earth in his time who worshipped his heavenly Father as we all should. God does exist, or we wouldn’t live ourselves. God created this world for man and woman to have dominion over the animals of the seas, air, and ground, and because of sinning, we are now born into sin, to become followers of God in the church we choose. For the past twenty-one years, I have been a Seventh-day Adventist by choice. No one forced me to believe that the Seventh-day Adventism is the right church. 

It says so in the Bible, what the seventh day is. In Gen 2:2, the seventh day shows that God rested from creating the world and things in the world. Hebrews 4:4 states that what God spoke was created, and he took the seventh day to rest after he saw what he had created. Lastly, in Exodus, 16:26 states that the Israelites are to gather manna for six days, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there not be any manna to collect. 

I have always known that Sunday starts the week as day 1, while Saturday marks day seven. When Jesus was crucified on the cross for my sins, everyone’s sins. Because he rose from the grave on the third day, Sunday, he has given me the understanding that he will raise all in their graves when he comes back to bring his children – brothers and sisters – home. No one except Jesus and his angels is in heaven. Your dead loved ones are not in heaven, and I am not bluntly saying this to be mean. It says in the Bible. Read John 11:1-57. It may be a lot of reading, but it does explain the state of the death of Lazarus and what Jesus did by bringing Lazarus back from the dead because he was showing others that God is real and can heal people in all ways He wishes. The state of the deceased can be found in several verses in the Bible. If God can raise the dead from their graves, I know I hope eternal life. 

That is how I got to know Jesus in the past four years. He is my friend when times are tough, good, and doing great.

Biblical Justice Day II

Justice and Freedom

Contrary to how some people feel, the aim of Biblical justice is freedom. Freedom can be defined as a release from illegitimate bondage in order to make the choice to exercise responsibility in actualizing and maximizing all that you were created to be. Biblical justice encourages freedom through affirming accountability, equality and responsibility by linking the spiritual to the social realm. That is, freedom and biblical justice must be founded upon spiritual truth from our vertical relationship with God and expressed in our horizontal relationship with each other. In other words, biblical justice is all about loving God and loving others. 

Jesus links our attitude towards God (the spiritual) with our attitude towards others (the social). Love is not merely a feeling, but rather, an action. Love is compassionately and righteously pursuing the well-being of another. So since loving others is all about pursuing their best interest, then we should seek to free any person from oppression and inequity. We see this in Jesus’ earthly ministry. He preached the kingdom (the spiritual), but He also addressed people’s physical needs (the social).

As we fight for biblical justice and freedom, we need a balanced approach. We must confront sin and spread the gospel. But equally important, we must also stand against injustices, whether they be racial, socio-economical, political or criminal. If the gospel has changed your life, then praise God. If you are doing well and God has blessed you, then praise God. But understand, God doesn’t grant us freedom solely for ourselves. He wants to use us to help others gain their freedom. This is where biblical justice comes into play, and this is why God tells us to fight for the weak, speak up for those without a voice, and defend the rights of the oppressed and marginalized.

How is your love for God and love for others connected?  My love for God is greater than I’ve felt before today. I share what I understand when I don’t have anxiety. I share my story and testimonies as often as I can when I am in the right frame of mine online in blogs and diaries I have online. It is my way to spread the Word of God without cramming it down throats of others. I can’t go to other countries to Spread God’s word, so I go online from home or wherever the internet is available to me and go from there. Today is one of those days where I am home after dialysis treatment.

Bible verses; Ps. 82:3, 4 — Defend the weak and fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver then from the hand of the wicked. — A favorite verse of mine.

Matthew 27:37-40 and Luke 4:18-20

I’ve been dealing with some anxiety and stress because of what is happening in the world today. It — stress — has come about because I want to be one of those people who can change the world by myself. I can’t change the world. I am only one human being who struggles with anxiety, panic, and occasional depression. With that said, I have to say that I know I can’t change the world. I can change the way the way I react to situations that are in my life around me. We, as the human kind God made us, we are dealing with a lot of judicial rights and wrongs. We know what is right and wrong. We follow the world or we don’t. We don’t want to follow the world. We need to follow Jesus. Jesus has follow his Heavenly Father from start to finish. He was crucified because people didn’t want to hear the Word of God or believe he was the Messiah. Sad. Jesus died for them, me, you, and now we are believers in God or not.

My Time With God

 One of the things I love to do on a daily or regular basis is delving into Bible scriptures, do devotions, and get on the phone to have worship with my boyfriend KB. I have been taking time to read devotions at Bible and do lessons throughout the week. My way of spending time with God is my way, my time. My love for God cannot be a mystery. I do not want it to be. I want people to know that I love God, and why He is so important to me. This past week has proven that I need God in some areas of my life I have going on outside of dialysis. I have to learn more about temptations and how to allow God to help me steer away from temptations that can cause me to distract me from what God wants me to do. As far as my faith goes in, my love of God, I would never say that my faith is right while yours is not. I didn’t understand God’s plan for me until 2016 when I learned that my transplanted kidney was slowing down, and dialysis was something I needed to look into once again. I did not expect my kidney to hang on for three more years — until April 2019, before needing to have dialysis treatment for the second time in my lifetime. From 2016 to 2019, I have realized God’s plan for me. I believe God exists, and Jesus died on the cross for all of us. Please understand that my love for God goes deep down. I have my days where I feel I can do things without God’s help, but I always find that it is only a feeling. I cannot do much without God’s guidance. When I go my own way, I end up an emotional mess, feeling drained, and I wonder how I get myself in predicaments where I give myself, what people call a V8, a little smack on my forehead in “why did I do that?”, “Why did I say that?” and what was that all about?” I have plenty of those days out of the year.

 As I sit here writing/sharing what I am writing right now, I am doing so because I enjoy writing, and I find that writing helps me express myself better than I can verbally. Would you think that I write my thoughts and prayers in letter format to Jesus silly? No, it’s not at all.

 At times I find the Holy Spirit working with/in me. I have heard the sermons, been to church personally, and have read, reach my entire being shivers with chills, and then I feel warm as if a glow is visible, I would see colors blend in a way I would understand. Does that help? My time with God is exceptional.

Verse of the Day

 Isaiah 25:8 KJV
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Scripture of the Day

Romans 5:6-8
New King James Version

Christ in Our Place ] For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Read at Bible Gateway
Read all of Romans 5

Amazing Facts Verse of the Day

VERSE OF THE DAY
Apr 10, 2020

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 

Revelation 12:10

MEMORIZE THIS VERSECover the verse text and, using just the first letters of each word, try to recite the entire passage. 

Amazing Facts: An Amazing Fact Devotional

GOOD EYESIGHT

April 10, 2020 

Average reading time is about 3 and a half minutes

An Amazing Fact: Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind. In fact, many bats have exceptionally good eyesight designed for low levels of light.

Bats are nocturnal creatures and can be found all over the world, from Canada to warm tropical climates. To get around in the dark, many bats rely on a sophisticated form of sonar known as echolocation. With this detection method, bats emit short pulses of high-frequency sounds that are usually well above the threshold of human hearing. The sound waves spread out in front of the bat, striking any objects in its flight path and bouncing back in the form of an echo. By using this God-given radar, bats are able to discern the direction, distance, speed, and in some instances, the size and density of the objects around them. 

Jesus surprised His disciples when they discovered the Lord’s ability to see things beyond what they could see. Philip invited Nathanael to meet Jesus. Though skeptical, he went and met Christ, who said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” (John 1:47). Nathaniel asked, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you when you were under the fig tree, I saw you” (v. 48). 

God is not blind. He does not lose track of us. Jesus still sees us in the secret places of our lives. Even in the darkest night, when we cry out to our heavenly Father, the Lord sees us … even in the dark. 


KEY BIBLE TEXTS 
“If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.”
Psalms 139:11

Amazing Facts Bible Verse of the Day

Thank you for taking the time to read what I share. I am not here to shove religion down your throat. I am here to share what God wants me to share. This is my mission from home.

Apr 09, 2020

Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. 

Isaiah 44:8MEMORIZE THIS VERSECover the verse text and, using just the first letters of each word, try to recite the entire passage.