ArmorMy Princess,

I know there will be times you feel as if there is no fight left inside of you. I will rescue my girl in your moments of weakness and you will feel my spirit rise up inside your soul. I will put a new passion in your heart to win any battle. In my power you will find the strength to face every spiritual giant. It is time, my daughter, to get dressed for battle and fight for your friends and family who are to weak to fight for themselves. Now, clothe yourself in my truth by reading my word and put on every piece of my armor by praying and obeying. You may be young, but you are mighty with me on your side–so step out in faith and take your appointed position in life!

Your King Who fights for youTherefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness and the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:13-14 (NIV)


The God Who Doesn’t Leave

Jeremiah 26–29

God’s Story

Early in his ministry, probably about 608 BC, Jeremiah stands in the courtyard of the temple, telling God’s people of the coming doom. The priests and false prophets seize Jeremiah, wanting to kill him for speaking against Jerusalem and the temple. But the officials recognize that he is speaking for God—so they spare his life.

God instructs Jeremiah to make a yoke and speak to the envoys of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon who had come to Jerusalem to meet with King Zedekiah, probably in 593 BC. If they don’t submit to the yoke of Babylon’s king, they will be removed from their lands and perish. Jeremiah gives the same message to Zedekiah. He has dismal news for the priests too: The treasures of God’s temple will be taken to Babylon.

Soon after this, Hananiah, a false prophet, confronts Jeremiah, saying that within two years God will return to Jerusalem those who were exiled to Babylon in 597 BC. Hananiah is misleading the people. God says that Hananiah will die within the year. He does.

Jeremiah writes a letter to the exiles in Babylon. They are to build houses, settle down, create families and be a blessing to the Babylonians. But the God who is writing their story will end their captivity in 70 years. And then he will lead them home.

The King’s Heart

Every child sacrifice, every sexual act of “worship,” every bit of incense burned to an idol was a statement: “We are choosing other gods—anything but you.”

Even though God’s exiled people fully deserved their captivity, our good God gave them hope.

“‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:10-11).

Over and over, God told his people how much he loved them. But love’s depth is tested in hard times. And our good God proved his love runs the deepest. God stood in his people’s darkest hour, when their sin was at its ugliest, when they spat in his face, and he boldly proclaimed, “I’m not going to leave you, still.”


Jeremiah 26:17-19 records that some of Judah’s elders remembered that in King Hezekiah’s time, a century earlier, Micah had prophesied judgment against Jerusalem and the temple—and because the people repented, God didn’t bring the promised devastation. God had been calling his people to himself for a long time.

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In God We Trust…or Do We?

The appeal came from Rev. M.R. Watson. He addressed his letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, dated it November 13, 1861, and made this appeal:

 Dear Sir:

You are about to submit your annual report to the Congress respecting the affairs of the national finances.  One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked.   I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.

The Reverend went on to request that God’s name be permanently affixed to American currency.  Radical request, wouldn’t you agree?  That the government remind the populace, via the imprinted message, to trust not in the coin but in the Creator?

Yet, appropriate request, don’t you think? The tendency of the heart is to worship what we make.  What better place to place God’s name than on a coin?

The Secretary of the Treasury agreed.  He instructed the creation of a God-centered motto.  On November 20, 1861, he wrote, “No nation can be strong except in the strength of God.”  It took some time.  The words endured some tweaking, but in 1864, In God We Trust first appeared on the two-cent coin.

The next time you look at a coin, consider the words and ask yourself this question, “Do we still?”  Do we still trust in God?  Do we, as a nation, trust God to protect, provide, guide, and direct us?

It’s hard to give an unqualified yes.  We seem to trust in everything except God:  weapons, Wall Street, education…but God?

Yet, it’s not too late to change.  To all nations God gives this promise:  “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  (2 Chron.7:14).

What a promise.  The healing of the land begins with the prayers of the people.  Do we desire God’s favor and blessing?  Then let us pray.

Will you join us in a concerted prayer for the USA?  Let’s each pray daily for the 40 days prior to the presidential election.  Add your name to the growing list of prayer warriors.  Download the prayer.  Let’s ask God to heal our land.  Let’s agree with the motto our forefathers selected.  In God We Trust.

Taken from  http://www.treasury.gov

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