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Put on the armor of Light!

Scripture reading for June 9th: Proverbs 11-13, Psalm 8, Romans 13

Romans 13: 11-14 “Besides this you know that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now that when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

Paul encouraged believers who had given their bodies to God as a living sacrifice and their minds to think God’s thoughts to now apply these truths in practical ways. It is easy to acknowledge spiritual truth and then not apply it. We must know who we are–now children of Light living in God’s glory and made to bring Him honor. We must cast off the works of darkness that marked our old way of living and now cloth ourselves with the armor of Light! We are told to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus is our righteousness, our sanctification and the assurance of our resurrection and full salvation. Our new living in Christ Jesus serves as a guide to those who are our neighbors, believers and unbelievers! Amen!

Psalm 8:3-5 “When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”

Prayer: Father God, when I see the vastness and intricacy of Your amazing creation, I wonder, along with the psalmist, ‘what is man that Your are mindful of him?” But in Christ Jesus You have shown me my true identity as Your child and my calling to love You and love my neighbors through obedience to Your Word. Clothe me afresh today with My Lord Jesus Christ and the armor of Light!

Proverbs 12:26 “One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

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Singing with overflowing Love!

Scripture reading for March 9th:  Numbers 15-18, Psalm 113, Colossians 3

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 3:12-16 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  Let the Word of Christ dwell in your richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Paul lists many character and behavior traits of Christ Jesus that should now be “put on” by His disciples.  Christ-followers have a desire and spirit-given ability to be like Him.  Forgiveness and love are not accessories but staples of Christian character.  They produce peace and thankfulness.  As Christ’s Word indwells us, our hearts begin to sing songs of worship and adoration to God!  What a blessed way to live!

Numbers 15:40-41 “So you shall remember and do all My commandments, and be holy to your God.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God:  I am the Lord your God.”  

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, help me today to put on the clothing of Christ Jesus, my Lord.  I want to allow His Word to dwell in me and sing praises to His Name forevermore!

Psalm 113:2 “Blessed be the Name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!”

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A heavenly make-over!

Scripture reading for September 26th: Ephesians 4:17-32

“You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)

After salvation, pastors and teachers begin to help new believers with what I call a “heavenly make-over.”  God works through the Holy Spirit on our inner man and we must change our thinking and attitudes in order to put on the new man.  This happens through sound doctrinal teaching of the word of God.  We must put on the attitude of a disciple and humbly receive the Word.  We also must put off the old man, recognizing its corruption.  God wants to form us into the image and character of His Son but we must cooperate and make choices to allow this transformation to take place.

Paul, in his calling of pastor and teacher, goes on to detail what sort of changes need to be made.  The new believer must cease lying and begin telling the truth.  When angry, one must not let the sun go down on his anger because this gives the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27) If you give him an inch, he will take a mile!  If you have a problem stealing, go to work and become a giver to those who are needy.  These practical changes seem like common sense to those who have walked with Christ.  The world system is “normal” to the unsaved and newly converted.

This make-over will affect other areas of your life and attitudes.  Our speech will change from vulgar and critical to loving and encouraging.  Building up each other will be the new way instead of tearing each other down.  We will develop a new sensitivity to the Holy Spirit who lives in us.  The Holy Spirit will help us by letting us know when we need to make changes.  We will feel His grief!  (Ephesians 4:30) We will sweep out all bitterness, slander, and malice towards others and clothe ourselves with Christ’s kindness and compassion.  Forgiveness will be the rule when wronged, instead of revenge.  How thankful I am for this heavenly make-over!  I need touch-ups regularly and continued training in sensitivity to the nudging of the Holy Spirit!

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