This devotional is a week’s devotionals in one post. I wanted to prepare the week’s devotionals in advance because I will be traveling next week to celebrate a wonderful occasion… my sister’s college graduation. I am so proud of her determination to go back to school after taking 8 years off. Even so, I didn’t want to neglect having a devotional posted for everyone for an entire week because we all need to take time to be with the Lord.
It is important that we put on the Armor of God daily. There is no doubt that trials and tribulations will come up in our lives but we don’t have to be afraid because God has provided us with the protection we need to persevere. God has given each of us hope and the courage we need to make it through any trial because He has armed us with the perfect combination of tools to strike the enemy down.
Ephesians 6:13-17: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Monday, May 23 – Belt of Truth
A life with Jesus is the only truth we need. He is our Savior. In His death, we are forgiven and in His resurrection we are saved. We have nothing to fear because Jesus has broken the chains that bind us to death. Death has no stronghold over us; we have escaped death in Christ Jesus. We need to put on the Belt of Truth every day.
John 14:6: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
Tuesday, May 24 – Breastplate of Righteousness
God has commanded us to live righteous lives because it protects us. When we are faced with making a decision, we know that we have to side with the answer that is right and just. We have a clear method of weighing our options by asking the Lord for guidance and direction. God will direct us to the correct answer, the answer that pleases Him. We can protect our hearts from wrongdoing by living in righteousness. We need to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness every day.
John 3:21: “But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Wednesday, May 25 – Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
Peace keeps us grounded and stable. When life starts to get complicated and messy, we can turn to the Bible to remind ourselves that God has already done the heavy lifting for us. He has forgiven us of our past, present, and future sins and He has given us life everlasting. We have been given the gift of peace but sometimes we forget that we have it. It is in the gospel that we can regain our confidence in Jesus. We need to put on the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace every day.
John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Thursday, May 26 – Shield of Faith
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that the shield protects us from “all the flaming darts of the evil one”. The enemy tries to wear us down with trial after trial. He wants our faith to be shaken. He wants us to feel unstable and weak. But, when we pick up the Shield of Faith, we are able to protect ourselves from doubting the strength we have in the Lord. We may not be strong enough to defeat the enemy but God is. We need to put on the Shield of Faith every day.
James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Friday, May 27 – Helmet of Salvation
In battle, it is important to keep a clear head and to focus on defeating the enemy. It is for this very reason that the enemy seeks to confuse us but, if we put on the Helmet of Salvation, the enemy isn’t able to penetrate our minds with distractions and doubt. When we keep our focus on God, His power and might are evident. God is worthy of our love and praise. There should never be a question in our minds of God’s undying love for us because He has given us all the gift of salvation. We are forgiven and we are His. We need to put on the Helmet of Salvation every day.
Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Saturday, May 28 – Sword of the Spirit
God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to reside within us, to be our beacon of hope and to be our encouragement. The Holy Spirit is our guide in our daily walk with God and helps us to make the right choices. The enemy, on the other hand, wants us to make poor decisions so our righteousness and connection to God is weakened. The Sword of the Spirit helps us to defend ourselves. We are able to see through the temptation and lies to regain our foundation in the Lord. We want the Holy Spirit to be our guide through life. We need to put on the Sword of the Spirit every day.
Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
We are able to withstand any attack that the enemy may throw at us because we have confidence in the Lord to protect His precious children. We know that God will never leave us and allow us to be defeated by the enemy. God has provided us with everything we need to triumph over darkness so that our shining light will be evident to anyone we meet. If we put on the Armor of God every day, we can overcome any trial because we have prepared our hearts, our souls, and our minds for battle.
2 Timothy 3:13-17: “While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
Thank you, Lord, for giving us the tools to withstand the enemy’s attacks. Thank you for Your love and protection. Thank you for forgiving our sins so that we can live all eternity with You. Thank you for the Holy Spirit to direct us to living righteous lives always. Thank you for the Bible so that we can be reminded daily that You are a wonderful Father who has provided us with absolutely everything we need to withstand life’s trials. Amen. – Katie Ann
From time to time, we wake up in the morning and we realize that we were dreaming. Quite often the dreams we have are full of scenarios and people that are too fantastic to happen in real life. We may think to ourselves that there is no possible way that a dream that exciting could possibly be true and, in most cases, that is true but can’t we say the same of real life though? If you were to travel back in time to 10 years ago, would you be able to convince your past self what kind of life you are leading now? The best thing about the future is the mystery. Even though we think we would want to know the future, it is much more exciting to experience the growth and progress one day at a time because then we can see God’s helping hand in our lives. God can take a tiny seed and grow it into an enormous tree. Much the same, God can take the life of one person and grow it into greatness.
Ephesians 3:20: “Now glory be to God, by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
We need to sort out which dreams are too fantastic and which dreams are possible with God’s help. The Bible says that we can tell a mountain to move and God will move it. We shouldn’t be so concerned with HOW God will make things happen because, if something is meant to happen, our faith will put it into action. Just remember that God’s definition of time isn’t the same as ours. Whereas we may feel like our answers, our happy endings, aren’t coming quickly enough, we can have faith knowing that God is putting things into action behind the scenes and He will reveal the finished product at exactly right time. God can do wonders in our lives. God has the power to transform us into a new creation. God can throw away the binds that hold us back and break the chains that keep us where we are comfortable but not working to our full potential. We have to have the courage to believe that God can make dreams a reality because anything is possible with God.
I found a wonderful quote from Robert H Schuller that perfectly sums up how God wants us to view our future. God wants us to be excited to make our dreams a reality. God wants us to throw away the fear that clouds our judgement and embrace the possibilities.
Are you disappointed, discouraged and discontented with your present level of success? Are you secretly dissatisfied with your present status? Do you want to become a better and more beautiful person than you are today? Would you like to be able to really learn how to be proud of yourself and still not lose genuine humility? Then start dreaming! It’s possible! You can become the person you have always wanted to be!
Thank you, God, for helping us to pursue our dreams. We pray that you will help to take away the fear and doubt that keep us from achieving our dreams. Thank you for having a plan for our lives. Thank you for always wanting the best for us. Thank you for giving us the patience to allow You to work in our lives at Your perfect pace. Thank you for Your perfect timing. Thank you for working so hard to help us find our happy ending, whatever and wherever it may be. Amen. – Katie Ann