“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.” Ephesians 6:13
We hear the term “stand your ground” used from time to time today. Basically standing your ground means not backing down in the face of controversy. In today’s scripture we read those same words used to encourage and instruct God’s people when dealing with evil that comes into our lives.
The verses, just after this one (Ephesians 6:14-18), describe how Christians should prepare for the battles that will be encountered. We must protect ourselves by being wrapped in God’s truth and righteousness. We must be always ready to let His peace shine through our lives and be faithful to the Lord. We must have His salvation and His Word in our hearts and heads, and lastly, we must PRAY.
It is interesting that verse 13 concludes with a reminder that when we have done all of this, we are to just stand. Standing alone sometimes takes a lot of courage, but with God as our support we will not fail. He doesn’t ask us to fight alone, He is always with us. He doesn’t ask us to do more than we are capable of, He will fight for us. God only asks that we show up, that we try and that we trust in His power.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that God has our backs when we stand our ground for Him.
Thanks be to our Almighty God!
Now in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons…” Genesis 1:14
Fall is a beautiful time of the year. Leaves are changing colors, temperatures are beginning to cool off, fall mornings are nice and crisp. Children and adults alike enjoy seeing pumpkins, gourds and other seasonal decoration start to appear. Our minds are turned to hayrides, football games, bonfires and other fall activities. God surely knew best when He gave us different seasons to enjoy.
During all the seasons of our lives we should praise God for His goodness and His perfect timing. What a blessing to know that whether it is fall, winter, spring or summer our God is with us and always will be.
He is a great and awesome God!
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b
This scripture is found in a section in the NIV Bible subtitled The Prayer of Faith. In the verses just before this one, some questions are asked, “Is any one in trouble? Is any one happy? Is anyone sick? The remedy for all of these is to pray. When we converse with God and bring our concerns and joys to Him (and that is what prayer is), we are opening up to all the power, might and love that can be imagined. God has all the answers. He has all the healing, all the hope and is all that we need. He deserves all of our praise.
He promises in verse 16 that when we pray believing and trusting in Him, our prayers will get results. They will be powerful and effective!
What an awesome thought, that God Himself, listens to us. He sees our hearts and knows our motives and responds in love to our needs.
Thank you God for being so good!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
This is familiar scripture for many, but it bears repeating until everyone in the world has heard it and understands that it was meant for all people. This is a personal and individualized promise from God to you. Try repeating it and insert your name in place of world! It makes it very personal and that is the good news.
It doesn’t matter where you have been or what you have done, no sin is too big or too bad for God to forgive. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our wicked place and bear all our wrongs so that we would have forgiveness and reconciliation. Receiving this salvation is simply asking for forgiveness, accepting the forgiveness, turning away from a sinful life and letting Jesus rule in your heart. (Romans 8:2-4, Romans 10:9-12)
This love from God is more than we can understand or ever pay back. It is beyond anything we can comprehend. 1 John 3:1 says it like this, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Thank you Father for your love!
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
There is a saying that is seen quite often lately that goes something like this: “Even though they carry it well, doesn’t mean the load is not heavy.” There is a lot of truth to this statement. There are those among us that suffer from things we may not see or ever know about. A childhood trauma, an illness that shows very little outward symptoms or a phobia are just a few of the things that can interrupt a person’s life and cause pain and suffering, both physically and emotionally.
There are people, that although they are suffering everyday, don’t complain. They get up each morning and put one foot in front of the other and move forward as best they can. To the general public, they appear to have it all together. They don’t look sick or depressed or stressed. The outside looks fine. But thank goodness, God sees the heart and He knows our thoughts and He feels our pain.
So for all you that suffer silently and give it your best everyday, God bless you. Please know that God loves you, that He cares for you more than you can even imagine and He is always there to give you new strength and hope.
When others don’t see or understand, God always does and He invites you to give all your cares (worries, sickness, pain) to Him. Why? Because He loves you.
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, …” Proverbs 17:6
If you are blessed to be a grandparent, congratulations, and Happy Grandparent’s Day! Being a grandparent is an awesome and delightful experience. It is a privilege that some will never enjoy. It is life changing; and it is a blessing that is indescribable! Most grandparents that I know will do almost anything, within reason, for their precious little ones.
It doesn’t stop when these little ones grow up either. Grandparents may purchase that first car for them, support them in all kinds of activities, or help them open their first bank account. Grandparents seem to always understand and have an ear to listen. Grandparents proudly tell about their grandchildren’s accomplishments throughout life. Their successes in school and work, their triumphs, the good decisions they make and the good people they turn out to be can all be bragging points for grandparents. The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is truly special.
Being a grandparent is not only a blessing from God, but also a great responsibility. Today’s children are exposed to more stress, trauma, tough decisions, bad environments and evil than any generation before them. So what can we as Christian grandparents do to help our future generations deal with the world? The answer is found in Psalms 145:4, “One generation will commend your works to another…”
Our job (responsibility) as grandparents is not only to spoil these precious ones, but more importantly to teach them about God and His love. We should share our faith with them. We should set an example so they learn to pray, to listen to and read God’s word, to apply it to their lives as they grow and to always to know that they are loved by an almighty and caring God that calls them His own.
Good news!! God keeps His promises!! His word is true, trustworthy and unchangeable! You can depend on it to be right all the time.
Speaking of Abraham’s faith Paul says this, “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” Romans4:20-21. You see God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of many descendants. This might not seem like a big thing to some, but it was a very big thing for Abraham and his wife Sarah. God had made this promise to Abraham while he and Sarah were still young and in the childbearing years, but as time went on, Sarah did not have any children. In fact she was around 90 years old and Abraham was about 100 when they finally did have a child, Isaac. Although in the human mind it seemed all but impossible for them to have an offspring, Abraham continued to believe that God’s promise was true and trustworthy and that He would never change His mind and take it back.
What does this have to do with us today? We, like Abraham, can still trust the Word of God. It is still true, trustworthy and unchangeable. When we read our Bible and hear a promise from God we can know for sure that it is real. We, just like Abraham, must be faithful and believe that what God has promised He will do.
If we are in a seemingly impossible situation, read Luke 1:37, and BELIEVE IT!
If we think our old way of life can never change, read 2 Corinthians 5:17, and BELIEVE IT!
If danger is near, run to God and read Psalm 91:1-2 and BELIEVE IT!
If we think that we have sinned too much for God to forgive us, read John 3:16, Acts 16:31 or Titus 2:11-12 and BELIEVE IT!
God is so good and wants all the best for you and me. Just believe Him.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
What makes you happy? What brings joy to your life? There are many different answers to these questions. Some may say a satisfying and successful career, others my name things like family, friends, good health or a comfortable living. All of these answers are true and there is no reason one would not strive to attain them all. But even if a person does not possess any of the above mentioned blessings, he or she can still be happy.
True happiness comes from knowing the Lord. Walking daily with the Him, communing through prayer and reading and applying His word to our lives brings joy, peace and contentment. Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit talked about in Galatians 5:22. Jesus instructs us in John 15:10-11 to obey God so our joy will be complete. (Paraphrased)
God doesn’t want us to suffer through a life full of burdens and sadness, He wants to fill us with joy. Things will go wrong in this life, but we still have reason to rejoice and praise God. God loves us. He forgive us of our sins and gives eternal life with Him when we accept His salvation through Jesus Christ.
“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad , you righteous; sing all of you who are upright in heart.” Psalm 32:11
Words of peace, encouragement and assurance are the good news from East Point C.P. Church today. There are many disturbing and even frightening things happening in the world but God gives His children hope and help to deal with this life.
Proverbs 18:10 reminds us that we can call on the name of the Lord and find safety; “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Chapters 3, 4 and 5 of Psalms all talk about God’s care and protection.
Zephaniah 3:17 assures us of God’s peace when it says “he will quiet you with His love.”
Assurance that God will help us fight when we must is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. Paul says to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Being grounded in God’s word and trusting completely in His power will give us victory over evil. Further on in that same section of scripture we are told that when we have done all that we can, “to stand”. Stay faithful to God, even if we can’t see the victory. God will not leave us and will continue to strengthen us.
Finally in Matthew 6:13b, in the prayer that Jesus taught, we are are told to pray for deliverance from the evil one. Jesus knows that life is hard and sometimes unsettling and downright dangerous at times, but He hears our prayers and will always answer when we call upon Him.
Have you noticed that everybody is the world is different? Of course you have, it is a silly question. There are male and female, young and old, short and tall, thin and not so thin. There are also people of different races and ethnic backgrounds, different cultures and languages. We have different personalities, talents and abilities; and may have different opinions and that’s ok. God has made each person uniquely different and special. Psalm 139:14 praises Him for this very special blessing when it reads, “… I am fearfully and wonderfully made”.
Even though we are each created differently, it is wonderful to know that God loves us all the same and sent Jesus to be the Savior for all people. We are reminded of this in John 3:16, 1 John 2:2, 2 Corinthians 5:15, and Hebrews 10:10. If Jesus sees us as unique and special enough to give His life for, we should also look at our brothers and sisters in Christ with this same love and appreciation.
We read too in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 that Christians make up the body of Christ and just like our human body, each part has a different purpose. A hand cannot do what an eye does, but it is still an important part of the body. So it is with the family of God. We each have a unique and special job to do. Each one is important in the work of the church and each one is important to God.
God in His infinite love and knowledge has created a varied and special human race. He loves you just as you are and has given each person abilities and talents to use for His glory.