One reason I love the weekend is because I get to catch up on the things I recorded on the DVR and any email I got during the week, not to mention I can sleep in!! Well, it’s Friday and I’m catching up on email and once again, Joel Osteen’s message hits home for me and of course I’m going to share what he has to say. This is a message I’m sure you’ve heard before, but it bares repeating, especially when you commit to pray for someone. You must pray over yourself before you pray for someone else and putting on the armor of God is a very important part of prayer. Take a moment to read his message. Take care and God bless you in Jesus’ mighty name. – Briggie ^i^
“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:11-12, NLT)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God has equipped us to stand and fight every battle we will face in life. The Bible tells us in Ephesians chapter 6 that we are to put on the whole armor of God—everything that He has equipped us with. The armor tells a lot about how we are to fight our battles. If you study the armor of God, you’ll find that it only mentions things that cover the front of us. It talks about wearing the breastplate of righteousness which covers our chest, our heart. It talks about having our loins girt about with truth; it tells us to put on the helmet of salvation, and to protect our steps with the shoes of peace. Then it mentions the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit.
But notice, interestingly enough, not one piece of that armor covers our back. Why is that? It’s because God never intended for us to be running from the enemy. If you’re running from adversity, then you’re leaving yourself wide open to the enemy. But if you’ll put on the whole armor of God and stand on His Word, you’ll move forward into the victory God has already prepared for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for equipping me to overcome every challenge and obstacle I will ever face in life. I choose to put on the whole armor so that I can stand in victory the way You intend. I bless You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.