Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 February 16

inally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Today’s Morsel:  If someone were to ask you how much you love the Lord, what would you tell them?  How strong would you say that you are in the Lord?  Do you get offended easily when someone says something that you do not like?  Solomon said that if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small (Proverbs 24:10).  Just what is this armor that Paul calls for the Christian to put on?  It’s not something materialistic he’s calling for us to put on.  But rather it is character.  Notice the items:  Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God.  It starts with the word and ends with the word.  The word is truth.  Character is living according to truth and doing what is right.  It’s living in peace with those around you.  It is having faith in God and your abilities to make right choices and right decisions.  And it is what saves us from destroying ourselves and losing the salvation that Jesus gives to us. True character is always based on the word of God.

Sing: I'm a soldier, in God’s army, and I'm marching, I'm claiming victory, I will not give up, I will not turn around, I'm a soldier marching heaven bound.

Thought For Today: Character still counts, so put it on.

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