Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 13, 2018

Unprotected Back

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (NIV)

As we reread the full armor of God we must notice, unlike the armor of the knights of the mid-ages, there is no protection for our backs.  We are told to stand firm.  There is no option of turning our backs and fleeing.  God has enabled us to be victorious because He already defeated Satan and we can do our part on this earth.  When temptations come, we are not to flee and run because they will just continue to come until they break us down.  We are to stand with the full armor of God and defeat each temptation that comes our way.  Let us learn to stand firm, wearing the full armor of God, and grow in the strength of God, becoming more and more one in Him.

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November 10, 2018

Flaming Arrows

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

The flaming arrows of the evil one applies to our temptations to give into and enjoy things that separate us from God.  We are bombarded with these flaming arrows constantly through the media, billboards and those who live in those indulgences.  They can be as simple and “innocent” as over indulging in food not nutritional and harmful the our body which houses the Holy Spirit to holding unforgiveness or anger in our hearts.  Anything not  covered in the love of God is a flaming arrow.  Flaming because we are so tempted and it burns into our desire.  To take on the shield of faith we must change our desires to God and the things of God.  We must agree with the Psalm 42:1 and really want to seek after God and become one in Him.  Let us remember the arrows of temptation are flaming in effort to burn deep within our hearts.  Let’s choose to have God, through His Holy Spirit burn deeply in our hearts.  Remember, choice comes before feeling.

November 9, 2018

Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

Faith is believing God to be true to His word. God is love and love doesn’t lie.  God promised to be with us always and never leave us (that doesn’t mean we don’t leave God.).  We either choose to believe God and all He has said and promised or we choose not to believe.  We can’t halfway believe.  Faith is a total trust in the word of God and the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave us an example of the shield of faith when he was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days.  At the end of His fasting time Satan came to tempt Him.  Jesus was weak from hunger and thirst.  Temptation must have been very strong to end His misery.  Yet, in His physical weakness Jesus quoted scripture, the words of God, to Satan and defeated the temptations Satan offered.  In order to be able to hold the shield of faith, we must be familiar with the promises and words of God.  This take study, meditation and yes, memorization of the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  It’s the words in the Holy Bible that have the power to defeat the enemy.  Let us learn to hold up the shield of faith, knowing the word of God so well that the faith it brings has absolutely no doubts in God’s powerful word.

November 8, 2018

Shoes of Peace

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Ephesians 6:15 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (NIV)

There are many different types of shoes.  We need the right shoes for the task we are doing.  A football player wears shoes much different than a distance runner.  As we walk out this life we must be sure we have shoes that give us a good, strong foundation that is solid and protective.  God had provided this for us through the gift of His Holy Spirit Who fills us with peace far beyond our comprehension.  When we take His Son, Jesus, into our heart, mind and life He fills us with His Holy Spirit and the peace is there for us.  We access this peace through faith and trust in Him.  Knowing He is with us in and through all situations gives us a peace that enables us to walk through any situation.  Many times in my walk I’ve been astonished at the peace I had when those around me thought I should be really upset and worried.  Let us be sure we allow the Holy Spirit to bathe us in His peace each and every day and walk with the shoes of His peace wherever He leads.

November 7, 2018

Covering Our Heart

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Ephesians 6:14 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, (NIV)

The breastplate covers our chest, our heart.  It is the righteousness of Jesus that covers our hearts.  God looks at our hearts and when we have received His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord in our minds, lives and hearts He fills us with His righteousness.  This is what God sees when He looks at us.  But our heart aren’t protected unless we put on the breastplate of His righteousness.  We do this every day by giving ourselves and the day to the glory of God.  With our willingness to listen to and let the Holy Spirit lead us throughout the day, we will continue in the righteousness of Jesus and serve God, bringing Him glory through what we say and do.  Let us not miss one day without covering our hearts with the breastplate of the righteousness of Jesus so lovingly given to us through His savrifice.

November 5, 2018

Put It On

Filed under: armor,devotion,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Ephesians 6:13 13 Therefore 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. (NIV)

The next word we read in this verse is “put.” Put is a verb, a word of action.  We don’t automatically wear the armor of God.  It is up to us to PUT it on ourselves.  God provides it for us but we are the ones who must put it on and wear it.  We must be careful to put on each and every piece of it.  Armor is not complete if only partial.  We must put it on each and every day.  This is not automatic.  This takes thought and effort.  This takes some time.  The amount of time depends on our experience at putting the armor of God on ourselves.  We don’t sleep in the armor so this is why we must put it on each day.  I’ve learned the days I forget to put on the armor I am left to defend myself from temptations in my own strength.  This leads to failure because in my flesh I am unable to resist the temptations that entice me.  Let’s not wait until we find ourselves in a struggle.  Let’s learn to start each and every day not only dressing for our various tasks but dressing by putting on the armor of God so we can stand firm for the glory of God.

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