Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 2, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Ephesians chapter 6

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Christians have been called to a battleground not a playground. To ensure victory God provides us with His armor. We must put it on in prayer, and we must put it on in faith. We must be strong in the Lord and we must stand against the schemes of the devil. Our fight is against a spiritual enemy, not flesh and blood. There are six pieces of armor, and the first one is the “belt of truth.” Christ followers must be characterized by honesty and integrity. We must be honest with God, ourselves, and others. Second, we are to put on the “breastplate of righteousness.” Righteousness is our position since the day we were saved. We are in Christ and His righteousness has been imputed to us. Righteousness should also be our practice. Our hearts must be pure and our conduct godly. Third, we put on the “Gospel shoes.” Keep a Gospel focus and always be ready to share your faith. Pray that God leads you to someone today that you can share Christ with. Also, take up the “shield of faith.” Faith protects us from a the fiery darts of the enemy. Next, put on the “helmet of salvation.” Seek to have the mind of Christ. Know that Jesus is coming again. Then take up the “sword of the Spirit.” The Word of God is a sword! The Holy Spirit is its author! Be filled with the Word of God and led by the Spirit of God. Paul concludes the instructions of putting on God’s armor with this charge, “praying at all times in the Spirit with all prayer… make supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel.”

Prayer: “Dear Father, we take up your armor today in faith, knowing that the battle is the Lord’s. Thank You for protecting us and for defeating our enemies. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: August 13, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 2 Corinthians chapter 11

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
Paul loved the church at Corinth and wanted to see them flourish. His concern was that false teachers would lead them astray. Some people picture the devil as a red, hideous creature with a long tail and a pitchfork in His hand. However, Satan appears in a much more appealing way. He comes as an angel of light. He is a deceiver. First he blinds, then he binds. We are not unaware of the devil’s tactics. He wants to divide God’s church and stunt spiritual growth. He is a liar and the father of all lies. The devil will try anything to keep you from believing Jesus. His desire is to hold people in unbelief. Our weapons against the devil are prayer and the Word of God. As we grow in Christ we will be able to discern what is true and what is false. We must pray and share God’s Word in such a way that no one is led astray.

Prayer: “Dear Jesus, make us strong in You, and protect us from our enemy the devil. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: August 12, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 2 Corinthians chapter 10

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:4)
God gives us mighty weapons to accomplish His work. His weapons are sufficient for victory. Believers fight a spiritual battle, and face a spiritual enemy, that requires spiritual weapons. We have been given the weapons of prayer and the Word of God. God provides His armor; the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the Gospel shoes, the sword of the Spirit, and the shield of faith. With God’s armor we can stand against the devil. We do not fight for victory, we fight from it. The victory is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Therefore, as God’s people we never have to be intimidated. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believes.” (Romans 1:16)
We are not a frail, weak, defenseless army. We are soldiers of the cross! Jesus said, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus is building and blessing His church, and has promised us victory. God said of you that you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. That means you are super victorious! Everything the Word of God says about you is true, and everything God’s Word has promised you is yours! Amen!

Prayer: “Father, You have been so good to us. Thank You. We have victory in You. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron