Armor of God (Part 5)
on May 25th, 2020
“Everybody Needs a Shield”Read: Ephesians 6:14-16 Shield - do you have one? Especially now in this time of the pandemic, we see images among the medical community of actual face shields.When there is a riot, or major disturbance that is life threatening, we see officers of law enforcement wearing helmets with face shields. The officers may even have a literal shield to protect them from hurled mis...
Armor of God (Part 4)
on May 18th, 2020
C’mon, Get Dressed!Read: Ephesians 6:10-17As best as I can understand this whole concept of being an armored believer, I’ll begin with what I know of how the Roman soldier was clothed.Most soldiers of any rank at all usually had someone to help them put on their armor. It was either a servant or valet, or it could have been a lower enlisted person who was partnered with them.Usually the first piec...
Armor of God (Part 3)
on May 11th, 2020
“Hey, Who Is It We Are Really Fighting?”Read: Ephesians 6:12, 13Let’s review again this principle from 1 Corinthians 15:46 - first the natural, then the spiritual.The “natural” reason for the Roman soldier to be amor-clad was because A, he needed the protection, and B, he was more often than not engaged in warfare and needed effective offensive weapons.The Holy Spirit took this image of the fully ...
Armor of God (Part 2)
on May 4th, 2020
Read: Ephesians 6:10-20The truths that are placed in this portion of Ephesians 6 need to be divided into multiple posts. Don’t worry, we will get to each piece of the armor - I promise!But first, there are some biblical principles that I want us to observe.God uses the natural to reveal the spiritualIn 1 Corinthians 15:46, we read “The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that ...
Armor of God (Part 1)
on April 27th, 2020
Read: Ephesians 6:10-20Recently one of our leaders issued a prayer challenge to all of the staff here at Coastal. To help reinforce the challenge, he quoted the passage from Ephesians 6 about the “Armor of God.”The Lord prompted me to begin a series of devotional posts that would offer some insight into this key part of our lives as Christians. But before we get to chapter 6 regarding the armor, w...
on April 20th, 2020
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:21, “He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”Morning, blessings all. Once again, my heart is full of thanks and praise for the mercy, grace and love that the Father has already lavished upon you and me.This verse from 2 Corinthians was the “Verse of the Day” in the Bible reading plan that I follow from Gate...
God Always Has A Joshua (Part 2)
on April 13th, 2020
Read: Joshua 6:2-5God uses “natural” things to accomplish His purposesThere is an interesting and insightful verse in what we call the Resurrection Chapter - 1 Corinthians 15. In the chapter, Paul is defining the resurrection of humankind. In verse 46, he says, “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.”What I want you to see is the unveiling of a biblical principle...
Agnus Dei, Lamb of God
on April 10th, 2020
Read: Mark 15:15, “Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.”This morning, my devotions took me to the first 25 verses of Mark 15. I was listening to some worship songs as I read this scripture, and the first one I was listening to was “Agnus Dei” by Michael W. Smith. “Agnus Dei” means “Lamb of God.”The Lam...
God Always Has A Joshua (Part 1)
on April 8th, 2020
Read: “Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in.” Joshua 6:1.This chapter of Joshua was part of my devotions recently. As I read this first verse of chapter 6, I immediately thought of the situation that most of us face, and that is being “shut-in.”Jericho quarantines in fearHere was a whole city that was, in a sense, under a total “quarantine....
The God Who Knows Our Needs
on April 6th, 2020
“'Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you...
Walking Through Joshua
on April 1st, 2020
In my devotions lately, I’ve been reading the Book of Joshua. It’s a fascinating book filled with God’s mercy in shaping and dealing with a servant-leader, as well an awesome display of the mighty power of the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and you and me.We’ll begin with one of the most challenging responsibilities issued in the entire Word of God.Joshua's unique responsibility“Now it came about a...
Now About Our Mouths
on March 30th, 2020
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14.As I have been reading the daily scriptures posted in the Gateway Bible Program, I’ve spent several days in Proverbs. And today as I was meditating upon this verse, I began to realize how often our “speech” is mentioned. The words “mouth,” “lips” and “tongue” are men...
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