Armor Of God - Helmet Of Salvation

by Monday, February 27, 2012

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 
Ephesians 6:11-17 (NIV)

The helmet is our assurance of salvation. It guards our minds from any attacks of any forms of the enemy. But when we lose focus of who we are in Christ, we are taking out the helmet of salvation because we are not assured of our salvation.

Unknowingly, some of us have been holding the helmet of salvation in our hands without wearing it. When we feel condemnation because of a sin we have committed - which doesn't come from God at all, we begin to feel unworthy. We feel that it's not right for us to step into God's presence because we have done something wrong.

But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
Romans 4:5 (NLT)

However, we are not righteous because of the works that we do; we are righteous through our faith in Jesus Christ. God wants us to come before his throne of grace, confessing our sins, for He is just and willing to forgive us.

The helmet of salvation is not there for you to hold it in your hands; it is meant for you to wear it. Wear this helmet and be assured of your salvation through the finished work of Christ today!

Jesus, let me never lose focus of who I am in You. Thankful for Your finished work on the cross. Let me draw closer even more than before.

Child Of His Kingdom

by Tuesday, February 21, 2012

“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”
Luke 15:31-32 (NLT)

The son who stayed by his side was angry as the lost son came back and the father gave him the best robe to wear and killed a fattened calf upon his return. The father didn't even kill a goat of for him to celebrate with his friend. The older brother thought he was showing favouritism towards the younger son.

Little did the older brother realise that whatever the father had was his, until the father mentioned it to him.

Today, God wants to tell his princes and princesses of His Kingdom, “Sons and daughters of the Most High, whatever I have in my kingdom are yours.”

When you envy someone for receiving more blessings than you and you feel angry with God because you have been waiting so long for him to bless you, question yourself, “Did you firstly ask before you wait, or have you simply been waiting for something to happen without asking God?”

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
Luke 12:31 (NLT)

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
1 John 2:15 (NLT)

If you have been asking, good for you. Now ask yourself if you have been asking things that He has. I cannot give you your phone charger if I don't have it myself. Similarly, Jesus does not belong to this world, so if you are asking Him for worldly blessings, how can he give it to you when He doesn't even belong to the world?

Jesus says that He will give us everything we need when we seek His kingdom first. He knows best what we need, so don't be angry when you didn't ask receive what you have asked for.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7 (NLT)

We may be tired of having to constantly ask for things from our parents when we know they will never give it to us. However, let this never be your attitude towards God. Don't stop asking and give up; keep on asking, seeking and knocking, for
He sees the desperation and your faith.

Take heart! For you are children of His Kingdom!

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Ephesians 1:4-6 (NIV)

Holy Spirit Come

by Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Holy Spirit cried out in my heart 3 times, “You're pushing me away from your life.” I didn't get what He meant at first, but I found myself crying as He told me what He meant.

“The spirit of condemnation is in your life. Because you let him in, you're birthing other spirits like anger bitterness, etc. Not letting him out is as good as pushing me away. Jesus did not condemn you; it's the lie of the enemy.”

I can't believe that I have been pushing my best friend away from my life. Instead of making my best friend happy, I have been making him sad because of what I've done.

“Jesus paid everything at the cross, so since you already placed your faith in Him, you're counted righteous. Rebuke those spirits so that I can fully step into your life.”

I don't know about you who are reading this now. It may be the spirit of rejection, fear, depression, hatred, bitterness and lust - whatever that is not of God, if you permit them to stay in you, you are bringing destruction to your life - sometimes even the people around you could be negatively affected.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.”
Matthew 6:24 (NLT)

We can only have one master, and whatever we allow to have dominion over our lives, that is our master. And for me, that's condemnation. Somehow I felt really ashamed that I've allowed it to come into my life, but one thing I know, “God wants to encounter me once again and bring restoration into my life. He wants to set me free.”
Holy Spirit, I want your full control over my life. Come and make me whole again. Use my weakness as a testimony for Your power. I really need you.

In My weakness, I'll Boast

by Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

Three different times Paul begged with the Lord to take away that thorn that was placed in his flesh, and each time this was His simple reply, “Boast in Your weakness.”

Sometimes when we are placed in similar situations, for instance, trials, we may feel that those situations are like thorns poked into our flesh. We thought that those situations are only bringing more suffering and harm, and we beg God to take those situations away from our lives.

But sometimes, God just wants us to boast in our weakness and rely on Him. Instead of desiring to get out of that situation, He wants us to boast in our weakness so that his power may rest on us.

Sometimes the shame that we thought is present stops us from boasting in our weakness. We are afraid at how God looks at us, that He may laugh at us or look at us differently after we boast in our weakness. However, He long beforehand knew what our weaknesses were. If you are not boasting in your weakness, formality is a wall blocking you from growing into an intimate relationship with God.

Take for example, if you have a close friend, and he is the only friend you can trust, won’t you confide and tell him the situations in your life so that he can maybe work out a solution for you or encourage you a little? What more when Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24)! You don’t need to be afraid that he’ll go around boasting to his angels about your weakness. Break the wall of formality and boast gladly about your weakness so that His power will rest upon you.

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
1 Corinthians 12:26 (NIV)

Also, when God tells you to confide in your leaders regarding this matter, your first reaction may be, “So embarrassing! I rather not say it out.” Since you and your leader also belong to the body of Christ, God has placed them as strength to the body. Boast and trust that the person you’re confiding in will not take it for bad intentions, for the body of Christ are supposed to encourage and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NLT)

Only when I am weak, then I am strong. Not boasting in my weakness is as good as saying, “I have no weakness,” which is actually not true. It is only when I boast and admit that I am weak, then Christ’s power can rest on me.

I rather suffer more for Christ, so that I can rely on Him and let his power rest on me. May I only boast in the Lord…

Who Can Stand Against?

by Saturday, February 11, 2012

As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the LORD destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.

On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”

So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.
Joshua 10:11-13 (NLT)

The Lord was fighting for Joshua's army. The hailstorm killed more of the enemy than Joshua's army killed by the sword.

But one factor stopped them from continuing to fight that battle: the sun was setting. It means that they have to stop fighting and the Amorites will have ample rest to fight the battle the next day.

But Joshua knew this:
If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Romans 8:31 (NLT)

Since God was fighting for them by sending a hailstorm to kill those Amorites, why can't God stop the sun? If God is for them in the battle, who can stand against them, let alone the sun?

Whatever situations that we may be facing today, let us begin to look in the perspective of Joshua, “Since my God is for me, who could ever be against me?”

We can do anything
We can do all things
Our God is with us
Who can stand against?


by Monday, February 06, 2012

On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”
Joshua 10:12 (NLT)

Last Saturday (which was like 2 days ago...) my youth Pastor Jeremy Seaward delivered an awesome word titled Sun stand still. The word taught me to have the Sun stand still faith like Joshua. Stated in Joshua 10:12, when Joshua spoke an audacious prayer in front of the people of Israel, for the Sun to stand still over Gibeon, the sun really stood still and the Lord gave victory to the Israelite army.

Halfway through while the Pastor was still speaking, my thoughts were wrestling against each other. While one side told me to believe and trust in God, the other told me to focus on my current situation and tell myself, “It's impossible.”

As I prayed for God's power to be over my situation, I totally broke down. I wept and I cried out to God, “Father, help me overcome my unbelief!” I didn't know how many times I said that. Through my prayer, all I knew was that I couldn't stop crying out the name of Jesus. He challenged me to have that Sun stand still faith, that no matter how much I was facing and going through, I need to recognise who God is.

As I uncontrollably wept, I heard these words ringing non-stop in my ears, “Treasures in jars of clay.” I didn't know what it meant initially, but I just decided to check out the bible, and this verse stood out:

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)

God spoke to me that I'm like a light being placed in a clay jar, but unless that clay jar is totally broken, that light cannot be emitted. To let that light give out its full potential, my jar need to be broken till it’s beyond repair.

I hear that reassuring voice of God telling me, “Joy, it’s okay to cry. You held your emotions for so long. It's time to let it all out. Lean on my strong arms and cry out.”

Just want to encourage all of you reading this now not to be afraid of being broken. Only when you're fully broken, you can learn to rely fully in His power.

I rely on You Father. You're all that I need. Though I'm nothing, use my life for Your glory. Glorify Your Son through my life... Thank You Jesus for You hear the cry of the broken. I lean on You today.

One language to explain the Holy Spirit best is the language of the heart and tears.
Pastor Philip Mantofa

You're Worth It All

by Thursday, February 02, 2012

A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
John 12:2-8 (NLT)

I gave Jesus a few minutes of my time. I hastily finished my devotions and prayed to God just because I need to continue on with my studies. If I feel that giving Jesus a few minutes of my time is enough so long as I did spend time with Him, I don't think I'm giving Jesus my all.

The world tells us: Study is everything. It determines your future. If you don't study, you have no future. The world tells you that you should spend your time studying. The father of all lies tells you that it's a waste giving your time to Jesus. He hates you taking your time aside- even 1 second of your time for Jesus.

Are you having the Judas's thinking that your time should be given to engage in other things than to give them to Jesus? Are you selling your time to things that will not last?

My prayer for everyone reading this today is that we will not consider or compromise other things above Jesus. My prayer is that we won't be feeling guilty just because we have spent too much time with Jesus that we begin to feel regretful. I don't want to count the amount of offerings I am giving to Jesus; I don't want my left hand to know what my right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3). All I desire, is for myself to have the mindset of Mary: to pour out everything I have to Jesus.

Mary knew that Jesus was worth that amount of perfume; Jesus was more worth than a year's wages. In fact, Jesus is worth even more than that- He paid a debt He didn't owe!

I don't want to care about the amount that I am giving to Jesus. Even though Jesus deserved more than that, all I know is that I will give everything to Jesus, because He is worth it all. Give Jesus everything today. Surrender and open your hearts to the King.

No matter what the cost, O Lord, everything is worth pouring out. You are worth it all Jesus. Take all of me.
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