Keep Your Armor On – Greg Laurie Daily Devotion – August 15/16, 2020

Weekend, August 15, 2020

Keep Your Armor On

“Therefore 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 nkjv).

When there’s an emergency and a police officer arrives on the scene, sometimes he or she will call for backup.

We need to do the same thing in the spiritual battle. We need to call for backup, and that backup is the Lord himself.

We cannot overcome the Devil in our own strength. The Book of Acts records a time when some men identified as the sons of Sceva tried to cast out a demon. (By the way, the Bible never validates exorcists. It validates casting demons out of people, but there’s no real biblical office of an exorcist or the specific gifting of an exorcist.)

These sons of Sceva tried to cast a demon out of someone because they had seen the apostle Paul do it. And they thought they could do it as well, like there was some magic formula. So, they said to a demon-possessed man, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches” (Acts 19:13 nkjv).

But the demon in the man answered, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” (verse 15 nkjv). Here’s what happened next: “Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded” (verse 16 nkjv).

That’s what happens when you try to take on the Devil in your own strength. So, don’t go there.

The Devil is a powerful fallen angel, and we’re no match for him on our own. We must recognize this is a spiritual battle, and it must be fought with spiritual weapons. And we need to put on the full armor of God and never take it off, because we’ll be in this battle until the final day.

The spiritual battle ends when we get to Heaven, not before. So, keep your armor on.

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall – Experiencing LIFE Today – August 15, 2020

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only. — Samuel Butler

There are days where I don’t look, feel, or even smell righteous. I am the one who looks in the mirror and sees the wrinkles, the extra pounds, and the thousand other areas that need improving. I know my areas of temptation, my anger, and my tendency to be self-centered. Because of what I see and because of what I feel about me sometimes, I have trouble believing I’m “in Christ”… not because I don’t know Him, but because I know me.

Thankfully, my identity is not based on appearances, feelings, or behavior. Neither is yours! It is all about what God says about you. His Word is the true mirror that shows you who you are in Him. Just a few reflections:

The Word knows us from the inside out. The world, of course, teaches us to look at the external. For example, when the Jews were in need of a king, Samuel went looking and he found some impressive specimens. But God knew better:

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Sure, your old heart was wicked and dead. But now, when the Lord looks at your heart, He sees the new heart given in Christ, a heart that has been made pure and alive. That’s why the mirror of the Word, and not the mirror on the wall, tells you who you are.

Jesus, I embrace Your mirror of truth today! In faith, I hold on to the truth about who I am in You, regardless of appearances and feelings. Bring specific truths to my mind today that I might be a living reflection of You to the world. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.

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Daily Disciples – August 15

August 15

Today’s Reading: Psalms 91Romans 15:1-13

Today’sThoughts: Under the Shelter of His Wings

And He shall cover you with His feathers. And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your a shield and buckler. – Psalm 91:4

Some summers ago, our family purchased a 6-week old male cockatiel. But it was around a month ago that I started noticing behavioral changes in Mercy as he began to softly sing songs, slowly rocking back and forth, while hiding in dark, quiet and soft places (like our sock drawer). He seemed to be nesting. Was Mercy having an identity crises or was our male bird “a girl”? One day, the mystery was solved as Mercy laid an egg.  She actually laid a total of 3 eggs during 1 week period of time. But with the first egg, Mercy took on the role of a mother. She would stay in the corner of the cage to protect the eggs. She did not want to get her eggs dirty so she would not leave any droppings while in the cage. Mercy waited until we lifted her off the eggs and got her out of the cage. She stopped chirping to not give away her position. Our little bird suddenly and instinctively changed. It was amazing.

After watching how Mercy sheltered her eggs, I began to understand why God uses a bird’s wings to describe Himself to us. Mercy would skillfully gather her rolling eggs and gently sit on them. However, her little body was not big enough to cover all three eggs. So, she would then tilt her body slightly forward and gracefully expand her wings to keep the three eggs protected from injury and to keep the eggs very warm. She was completely determined and resolved to stay in this position to keep the eggs under her wings. Mercy would even sleep in this position as her head would fall forward and rest on the floor of the cage. Only if I lifted her off the eggs to eat, drink and exercise, would Mercy leave her eggs.

If this little bird would do all this for empty, unfertilized eggs, how much more does our Heavenly Father protect and comfort us? The Lord’s biggest difficulty with us must be that His little eggs have feet to get up and leave the nest! I suddenly realized that He honors our unwillingness to not stay under the shelter of His wings. It is not best for us but we have a choice.

How many of us need to return to His nest? Do you need to find a place of rest and warmth by the counsel and comfort of His Spirit? God is faithful and during this difficult season in our economy, know that He never leaves you nor forsakes you. Rest in His nest as you open His Word and seek Him for wisdom and discernment. He will provide for us and protect us. It is God’s heart desire to gather us as chicks.

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