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September 14, 2015, 7:41 AM

Ephesians 6:13 (KJV)

"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."  Ephesians 6:13 

As each year broadens our experiences in life, the more I realize that we need every piece of the armour of God.  Our adversary, the devil, will stop at nothing in his attempts to rob us of our salvation and if any part of our spiritual man becomes exposed, he will target it immediately.  Satan is not picky about what or who he uses in his attempts to discourage and defeat us.  Our diligence in maintaining the protection of our spiritual man and making sure that no part is exposed is crucial in our journey through this life toward heaven.

When is the evil day?  It is any day of temptation or severe affliction.

As you read about the various pieces of the armour of God, you will notice that they are all defensive in nature except for one.  The sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God) is the only offensive piece of the armour of God, and it is the only offensive weapon that we need.  As I encounter the expected and unexpected challenges of life, I find that the word of God has the answer for all of them.  In every condition of life, God’s word will guide, nourish, encourage, and strengthen us.  Through this one offensive piece of the armour of God we can secure victory over our adversary and live victoriously every day.  Let’s esteem the word of God more than our necessary food.

Thankfully, God has designed an armour that will protect us from dangers seen and unseen.  It is our job to put it on, keep it on, and use it (every piece).  God would not have created it if we were not going to need it.

Bro. Chris Collier

September 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

Have you ever really thought about what "perfect peace" is? How can we be in perfect peace in a world with all the uncertainty and challenges; the politicians remind us regularly of how bad and risky things are? None of us are permanent residents, but rather travelers to eternity. That brings its own uncertainty and fear. Good things happen to "bad" people and bad things happen to "good" people; the scripture tells us the rain falls on the just and unjust.

But, based on the scripture, there is a case for perfect peace! If your sins have been forgiven and God is in your heart, it is possible to keep your heart stayed on him. We can gain the perspective that we are a servant to the best Master a servant can have. He loved us enough to offer his Son as a sacrifice for our sin. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. He knows us better than we know ourselves (Psalms 139), He knows the future, He loves us and suffers from absolutely no earthly limits.  "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong on the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him" (2 Chr 16:9) . We're instructed to "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).

So today, I want to examine myself to make sure I've brought all the tithes of my heart to him, to make sure He is ruling the throne of my heart, and then to live in the peace that He has as He pours the blessing I can't receive.

Bro. David Cosby

August 25, 2015, 1:06 PM

Healing Power of God

Lately, the great healing power of God has been on my mind.  This subject reminds me of the sick woman who simply touched the hem of Jesus' garment and was immediately made whole:

Matthew 9:20-22 “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.  And the woman was made whole from that hour.”

It is a simple yet difficult place to find one’s self in when we realize we need a Savior, a Healer.  Understanding that we have an underlying need of God in all our life to heal us from Sin will lead us to Jesus.  If only we could all be as bold and humble as this woman, who reached out in faith and touched Jesus, we too can be healed. 

Bro. Terry Clelland

August 18, 2015, 12:44 PM

Romans 13:8

Romans 13:8 states, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."

1 John 4:18 states, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."

The love that is described above is and can only be of God.  For it is impossible to truly know love without him.  This fulfillment is a witness of the creator. Perfect love: a fruit made possible by the Comforter (Holy Ghost), which is a witness of Christ, which is a witness of God.  It is the opposite of the hate that can be observed in this world. To understand this perfect love is to be at peace.

Bro. Terry Clelland

August 10, 2015, 1:39 PM

Isaiah 40: 13-14 (KJV)

Isaiah 40:13-14 states, "Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?  With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?"

When I read and understand these verses, I'm reminded of the majesty of our God.  He is the ultimate authority and in complete control.  To see glimpses of his workings and miracles in our lives is true comfort.  He can make a way for each one of us because he has overcome this world.  We have little control in this life, but we serve a mighty God who delights in us.

As poets, scribes, songwriters have written of his glory one particular verse comes to my mind.  Acts 17:28, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."

Whatever you face today, He is enough.  My God can deliver from sin and relieve any burden. Surrender to Him, He loves you.

Bro. Terry Clelland

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