Dress for Success

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Ephesians 6:11 says, Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

A friend once told me to physically go through the motions of putting on the armor of God every morning. So I did just that for quite a period of time. I acted out putting on each piece to remind myself Satan’s schemes against me are real. It helped me to remember I need God’s protection at every moment.

The Good News Translation of this verse says, “Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks.

Satan is our real enemy. He walks through people, circumstances, trials, and temptations as an attempt to destroy us at every turn. And boy-oh-boy, is he ever tricky! But when I am wearing the armor of God, I can take my stand against Satan - the dirty, rotten liar - and His attacks are warded off with God’s truth in Scripture.

If possible, stand up right now and put on the armor - God’s armor. And beloved of God, stand against the Devil every day! It won’t be long till the fight will be over. We win in the power of Jesus’ name!

And there you go!

Transformation

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Romans 12:2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Letting God transform your mind is no small thing. It requires ridding yourself of your own thoughts and taking EVERY thought captive. Literally surrendering EVERY thought to Christ, and then taking on Christ’s thoughts as revealed in God’s Word.

It’s a process to know, understand, then DO God’s will. Renewing your mind is not easy, but so worth it. With a transformed mind comes unspeakable joy and the glory of God. Oh the half has never yet been told!

Renew our minds please, Father, that we may be transformed to do only Your will in Your time and in Your way!

And there you go.

Beautiful Feet?

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Romans 10:15 says, And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Now, I don’t know about you, but are feet really beautiful?

My granddaughter, Adali, has beautiful chubby baby feet! I’m sure you’d think so, too. And I’ve seen women with long lean feet that are truly lovely. But I’m not sure I’d call most feet…beautiful. However, just having feet to walk on is certainly a blessing! And more importantly, God says they are beautiful when they bring good news!

The good news Paul is talking about in this scripture is the gospel. The wonderful news of what the Son of God has done for all the world. This news proclaims that though you are a sinner, the Savior, Jesus Christ, has died as your substitute on the cross and will live in you forever through His Holy Spirit. You only need to confess your sin to Him and turn away from it, believing that He died and rose again for you. Then, He will live His life through you, so you too can have beautiful feet to share His good news with others! So please start walking with Him today in your first steps of faith!

And there you go!

Jesus Came

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Philippians 2:8 says, “rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness”

Jesus humbled himself and came to die on the cross to save us from our sins. Today let’s think about the identity of Jesus. Fully God and fully man, he grew in his mother’s womb. All that power and majesty enclosed in such a small, dark, damp space, just to be born and die for all of us. Wow! And how did he do this, you may ask? Because he knew who he was.

Christine Caine tells a story about her daughter, Catherine Barbie. Every night from birth on, her daddy prayed over her and said, “Catherine Barbie, you are intelligent. You are beautiful. You can be anything you want to be.” On her first day of kindergarten, a boy took her teddy bear and said, “You are dumb and ugly.” Catherine Barbie squared back her shoulders and proclaimed “No, I’m not. Because my daddy says I am smart and beautiful.” Oh yes, Jesus did what he did because his daddy was with him and told him who he was. No one could convince him otherwise because his daddy said.

Do you know that your heavenly daddy, God Almighty, says that about you, too? If you are his, your identity is in Christ. You are smart and beautiful and loved. No matter what anyone else says or does to you.

And there you go!

Emptying Yourself

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Philippians 2:7-8 says, “Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!”

What kind of love could have left heaven, the throne of God, and the adoration of angels to come to a world that would reject him, knowing he would be beaten, crucified, and ridiculed so those of us who caused His death with our sin could be saved?

Jesus emptied himself. Took on flesh. Squeezed His very being into an infant. Was born in a stable with stench and animals. And shepherds - of all people - were the audience to the greatest act of all history. This very moment divides our calendar in two - BC & AD.

He preached to people who had trouble understanding his words. He died for those who came against Him in sin. And because he emptied himself in all of that, his name is and will be forevermore magnified and glorified!

I must become less, and He must become more. When I empty myself, it allows for the filling of his Holy Spirit to shine through my life with the glory of Jesus! I pray for us, like Jesus, to empty ourselves today.

And there you go.