Full Armor

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

–Ephesians 6:11
Reading the Bible is so important. 

Knowing God’s truth is so important. 

Understanding the battle we are in as Christians is so important. 

Hiding God’s word in our hearts is so important. 

When was the last time you read something in the Bible?

Why not start again—today?

Beside the Sea

Many people gathered around Jesus when He was teaching.

Different places, different people.

Yet, they gathered around Him.

There were, of course, a great number of people who agreed with the things He said.

Surely there were some that didn’t.

Even so, people came to hear what He was saying.

There was a day when Jesus sat in a boat on water and the crowd gathered on land just to hear Him.

They were interested in hearing His thoughts.

The subjects He spoke about during His time on Earth are recorded in the scriptures.

We can read in our own language what Jesus had to say.

Are we gathered around the Bible each day to see what He has to say to us?

 

Again He began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.

—Mark 4:1

 

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The Word

I have my great uncle’s Bible, published in 1896. 

For him, it was a guiding light, I am sure. 

Though tattered and worn, I cherish it, knowing that through the ages, God’s word in scripture has been alive for all people, proclaiming His love for eternity. 

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

—Hebrews 4:12
  

The Unfolding

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The banana tree in my back yard was getting ready to unfold a new leaf.

A sizable water droplet clung delicately to it, reflecting sunlight and its surroundings with crisp detail.

The leaves look so very different when they are completely unfolded and spread out.

My tree has several happy looking leaves.

If I had never owned a banana tree, I am doubting that I would have been able to identify a photo like the one that I took of this newly emerging leaf.

At the proper time, it would unfold and then it could be understood and recognized for what it was.

When we read the Bible, we “unfold” it.

It gives us understanding.

It gives us comfort.

It gives us direction.

It gives us light.

If we do not unfold the Bible, we may not recognize it for what it is—

God’s words to us.

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The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

—Psalm 119:130

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Equipped for Every Good Work

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As I walked by the building, there were pegs on the wall placed in position to hang tools and useful things.

A shovel, a rope and a ladle…

To place needed items where they can be easily accessed is always a good idea.

I enjoy camping from time to time.

Before I go, I make a list of necessary items that I expect to need when I arrive at the site.

It is very important to have everything on the list at my disposal.

If I don’t have what I need, the trip will not be as successful as I had hoped.

What do I need every day in order to be prepared?

If I have been consistent in reading the Bible, I will have God’s words stored in my mind.

It would be a really good idea to have a Bible placed where I could get to it easily.

As I am starting my day, prayer will allow me time to communicate with God, receiving guidance for the hours ahead.

Throughout the day, these “tools”—God’s word and prayer—-will be what I need.

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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

—2 Timothy 3:16-17

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A New Day

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The rain poured down for several minutes while we were preparing dinner.

Our family had decided to work together to make the evening meal.

When I had finished eating, I could tell that it was no longer as dark outside as it had been.

An orange glow was in the sky, making the grass a vivid, emerald color.

Taking my camera with me, I ventured out into the street to see the sunset after such a long rain.

Reaching the open space away from the trees, I was enveloped in color.

Looking all around me, I didn’t want to miss any part of the spherical canvas that was ablaze with light.

I took several pictures, focusing on different parts of the sky.

The rain was gone.

Although night was approaching, the setting sun sent a silent invitation to tomorrow’s dawn.

A new day.

 

In the New Testament, we find the account of the birth of John the Baptist.

God had planned for him to go ahead of Jesus, preparing the way for Him in speaking to the people.

When John was born, his father, Zechariah, prophesied about him:

“You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his way.  You will make his people know that they can be saved through the forgiveness of their sins. A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.

—Luke 1:76-78

 

A new day.

A new forever.

Jesus was coming, destined to pay for our sins on the cross so that we could be saved from destruction.

The day of Jesus’ birth did occur, and the new day dawned, just as God intended.

We live in the new day right now.

This very moment—

 

Because God is loving and merciful.

 

 

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