Armor of God

The Apostle Paul wrote about the Armor of God in his letter the Ephesians. We must be ever-vigilant against the schemes of the devil. Today is a call to put on the full armor of God.

Have you spent time in prayer today? If not, why not?
Where is your armor a little thin? Ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to give you guidance and strengthen you in those areas.
What word or phrase from the Scripture stands out for you? Write down its significance for you and how you can apply it to your life.

Scripture for reflection:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:10-18

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.– 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.. -Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  -Matthew 26: 41, Mark 14:38 (ESV)

The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  -Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. – Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

God With Us

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. His birth represents the birth  of love itself into the world. This is the love through which all creation was put into place, a love without beginning nor end, a love so unchanging and complete it is beyond all emotions or moods, a love which paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might be reconciled to God, through our faith. This is the love of God.

This Christmas, let us take time to remember with gratitude of  the miracle of Immanuel, God with us.

 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  -Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)

For God so loved the world, he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. -John 3:16 (ESV)

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. -John 15:16 (ESV)

In his the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:9-10 (ESV)
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. – John 4:16 (ESV)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 7 (ESV)