Daily Devotions for Tuesday: by turtle30c
Ephesians 6:13-19 KJV
(13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
(14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
(15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
(18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
(19) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
What is God’s protection like? That is my thoughts this morning. I have been so frustrated lately because I really thought when I began this study I be going in a different direction. It is not that this direction is not fine or royal street of gold, but I had hope to find guarantees of no trouble in this life. Anyone that knows my writing knows I know that last statement further from the truth, I understand that God takes us through trials and does not always remove the trouble. The first time you get a busted in the school yard is the first time you understand it hurts to fight. Yet you learn that sometimes the punch has to be received and given for a mutual understanding of who has the best punch. Sometimes with the establishment of who has the best fist, friendship is formed. It sounds stupid really. Yet no one can argue that calm way God dissolves some battles and other battles took the sword. The batttle where Israel goes singing toward the enemy camp is perhaps the highlighted battle of peaceful battle, because it scared the enemy away without trouble. Yet the favorite battle of Goliath only is highlighted because a little boy took his toy slingshot to kill the giant that had killed lions and bears before and yet he was offered the best armor in the kingdom of Israel.
Only protection I think I ever want is God’s protection, yet even so sometimes you find people surrounding you to protect you and that can be God’s protection too. That can be the armor of the Holy Spirit. Yet true armor of God is the helmet of Salvation and the path one takes being lit by salvation of God’s word which also shield the feet from thorns and thistles. Yet God’s protection might be eternal salvation, but real battle, God is only going to go through it with you and direct your path. It takes a shield of faith and breastplate of righteousness, to keep the protection from the fiery darts of the enemy. Yet learning to deal with those darts is half the battle. To throw up the shield of faith every time that enemy attacks. Because of our human state we tend to take a dart or two because our mouth is faster then our hand that holds that shield, yet the breastplate guards the heart or we would possibly loose our salvation. In one hand is the shield and other hand is the sword of the Spirit, yet our private parts are protected by truth.
What then is truth, is God our protector, or does the enemy overcome and take us or both. God is not going to allow evil to stand in a believers life. God is not going to allow enemy to rise for no reason. God allows evil for the time to teach us, but not to destroy us. If the enemy arises only to one day to be destroyed, trust that means he coming after the saints of God while he can in hopes to destroy all, only to find the armor of God on God’s people. He knows better then try and train God’s people, because he does not want them to know how to defeat his left hook/punch. Yet God’s people shield needs not their hands in battle, but the word of truth to defeat the enemy. Yet if taken by the enemy life Joseph< the son of Isaac, was, also had hope of one day being a ruler over the enemy. If a ruler over the enemy is the promise then the hope must be in place. The sheaves and eleven stars bowed to Joseph, was all the hope he had of a better tomorrow. Yet it carried him no doubt through time of misery of slavery and jail. Though he achieved good positions and rank even in jail, it was still not promise. All he could do was hope and one day King of Egypt sent for him because of hearing of his ability to interpret dreams. Soon there after Joseph was given the signet ring of power to store and preserve the needed food supply for the famine that was coming. Only hope given to Joseph, yet it came to pass as his brothers came in search of food. Joseph wept. Yet with his tears of joy he knew God’s promise had come to pass.
There a point that even through tragedy comes salvation. Comes the hope of faith. Comes the hope of deliverance. The godly road does not mean there are no rocks or brambles to go through along with mud puddles and hills to climb. Does not mean bruises do not occur, it means God’s protection in the storm is ability to get through, knowing tomorrow something better is coming. Eternal salvation is like that. It does not protect us from all the elements of this world, but it does give the hope of eternal life with God and Jesus. The protection of God maybe the lions den, and it might be facing the beating with a shield of hope. In the promise.
God’s protection did not mean one would not get bruised, but that one would live to see another day if we follow His footsteps. Moses lost the earthly promise because of disobedience, but gain eternal life. Abraham had to go through two warring women, in order to trust God for the promise. God did not protect Abraham from that.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the blessings of promise of both eternal and dreams of a better tomorrow by following in your footsteps. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Genesis 37:7 KJV
(7) For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
Daily God’s Promises: 1 Peter 3:12-14 KJV
(12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
(13) And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
(14) But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;