Battle Ready - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Battle Ready

 

February 25

 

Read Ephesians 6:10-18 (ESV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…

 

Reflect

Who does Paul list as our real enemies?

 

It sure seems like the world is becoming more and more hostile towards Christianity every day. But this shouldn’t surprise us. In John 15:18, Jesus Himself said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” Since the beginning, there has been a spiritual battle going on between Satan and God. Thankfully, we know who wins! In Christ, the victory is already won!

 

But as we wait for Jesus’ return and final triumph, we are engaged in this battle. Paul points out that we are not fighting other humans, even though it certainly seems like it. We are fighting spiritual forces, therefore, we need spiritual equipment. Thankfully, God did not enlist us for service and then leave us unequipped.

 

First, we can’t forget to tie on our belt of truth. We live a world that is saying there is no objective truth. The world is trying to redefine reality and Satan is the father of those lies (John 8:44). It’s worth noting that we slip our “sword of the Spirit” (which is the Word of God) into our belt of truth when we aren’t wielding it. We have to remember that God’s Word is true and we can trust it. The sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon that God gave us but it is a powerful one. God’s Word is much more powerful than any lie that Satan tries to employ against us. 

 

We also have a breastplate of righteousness to protect our hearts. In Christ, we are righteous before God only because of Jesus’s righteousness. When we seek to live holy lives and obey God’s Word, we are strengthened in our righteousness and our hearts are protected from our accuser.

 

Satan is firing off lies at a rapid rate so we need to take up our shield of faith and our helmet of salvation so that we will not be vulnerable to his attack. He likes to aim for our heads, so make sure to protect and renew your mind!

 

Finally, we need our shoes so that we can stand when under attack and also so that we can go forward and share the Gospel of peace with others. We may be at war with Satan but we can be at peace with God and with each other.

 

Friends, He has given us everything we need to fight. We just have to remember to “put it on” and “take it up.” Then, we’ll be battle ready!

 

Pray

Father, thank You for giving me everything I need to experience victory in You. Strengthen me for the fight and continue to train me for battle. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Lord Jesus I have read Your Word and now, all I ask is that I can always be battle-ready.
Keep yout eye on the prize, the reward will be amzing.
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Oh yeah y’all! I, also, truly believe that is the God’s truth for all of our lives! Amen 🙏🏼 forever ♾
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God is awesome!!! Amen 🙏
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God is gracious
Outstanding devotional. Many thanks!
Great read god bless
Laverne, please always be sure to remember the battle belongs to the lord Always. Y B I C. 2 chronicles 20:15
Heavenly Father I/we Praise and Thank You for Your Mercy's and Grace made New each morning. Father I Pray You wrap me/us in You Love Healing Refuge, Arms, Hands, Bosom too keep us safe. As Father You lead the way. Putting on me/us Your Full body of armor. I Thank You for being The Love, Light, Hope, Faith that lives within me/us. For Jesus You have already Won the battle and I Praise You for being Our Battle Fighter. Father You are The True Promise keeper never failing always Faithful in every way. Jesus You are The Joy of my/our Strength with that Strength I/we will do all things through Christ You Father now until the day You call us Home. I will Rise for You Jesus each new day I Praise and Glorify Your name as I Pray You will allow all to see Your Light shinning bright within me/us. Thank You Lord in Jesus name Amen Isaiah 58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
*THANKYOUJESUS*
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We are praying with you for your son. Also praying for the medical staff to have the wisdom on the best treatment for him. I also pray for you as it is hard to see our loved ones struggle with their health - may you feel the amazing peace & strength from God today!
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Hallelujah! We are covered.
Praise God for this scripture and message today. Each day with everything happening in the world, this scripture is NEEDED as a reminder. God is in control and Christ has won the battle. Thank you for the daily reminders to us.
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Will pray for healing Jehovah Roffe Lord God my healer. Comfort and peace for you and family. Jehovah Shalom Lord God my peace. What is his name?
Thanks Pastor Nat...never saw the sword is in the belt of truth before. Also when I put on the armor of God every morning I finish and say the Glory of the Lord will be my rear guard. In line with Isaiah 58:8. Blessings, Jim
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Great teaching. We must correctly identify the enemy. Satan and his demons. God gives us the armor. And He has won! Praise God.
This is so very powerful. It has blessed my soul.. Cod is a good God. He loves me and I love Him because of His love. God bless you Sir and Back to the Bible.
Encouraging message
Praying for you.
Please pray for my 35 year old son who has covid and is in hospital. He now has renal failure and had to undergo a big operation to relieve pressure in his leg and now has no feeling in his ankle or foot. Pray God touches him today and for the doctors to have insight as how to best treat him. Thank you
Heavenly Father, without You, I am nothing, unable to do anything. Father, with You, ALL things are possible. On Christ this solid ground I stand, I am able to stand firm, faithful, confident, and strong. The armor of God is the only thing I need to be victorious in battle against darkness, evil, the enemy. Thank You Father for loving me so much even when I do not deserve it. Because of Your love Your Son Jesus and His sacrifice anything the enemy has for me I can go through it with You by my side I have the victory. Glory. Hallelujah. Thank You Father. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
You are lifted up in prayer...
So much needed to hear His Word which stregthen me and gives me comfort and peace. Please prayers needed. I will be having my gallbladder removed this morning. God is my healer in Him I trust.
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Thank you, Father. Amen.
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
“Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might”. The ability to win in our trials of life is Jesus. He gives us life both physical and spiritual when we are born and born again. He is the truth of all things, everything was made by him and for him. He is righteous for everything he does and wants us to do is right for he is the ultimate judge. He is the way because he is the only way to eternal life. And he is the word of God and when we learn more about him our faith will grow in him and the Holy Spirit will give us the ability to trust his word. If God is for us who can be (win) against us? No one, not even Satan! All praise to you Lord Jesus. Amen
Help me fight LORD in these trying days I love you Lord Thanks in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.