A reminder for today
Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17)
This is my last entry for 2016. Wow, the year is over. Shall we reflect on the year and look back, nope I think lets rather look ahead. Yes, I know there is much to be grateful for in the year behind us, but that should form the foundation of what is yet to come. The year ahead is where I think we should put our focus on. Yesterday I had our security company here to fix some of the alarm issues from the previous system. You see here in South Africa you have to put in an alarm system with armed response, because our country has become a haven for all kinds of bad people. But lets not get me started on that.
One of the guys that was here is a born again Christian and a fascinating person. He was in the special forces, then became a chef and finally ended up as an alarm technician. What struck me is how he declared his faith and had no issue of talking about Jesus and what Jesus has done for him. I was just a stranger to him and yet he had no trouble telling me how Jesus works in his life. What was just amazing is when he spoke about his time as one of the response teams and how Jesus protected him so that he did not need to fire one shot, the criminals just surrendered with no fight when they saw these huge men of light that protected him. Now this is where I got goose bumps in our conversation. He went on to tell me how a gypsy feared him when he came to fix her alarm and how he single handedly took on 15 men when they tried to rob a store. And all this time I keep telling you that we are worshiping and awesome and powerful God and here walks this unbelievable testimony of our God. So my faith got a huge boost yesterday. One thing he did mention is that we should wear our Armour every day. So, today I make my first new year resolution and that is to wear my Armour every day against the enemy.
First—Put on the Armor of God
The Helmet of Salvation
Thank you, Lord, for my salvation. I receive it in a new and fresh way from You, and I declare that nothing can separate me now from the love of Christ and the place I shall ever have in Your kingdom.
The Breast plate of Righteousness
And yes, Lord, I wear Your righteousness today against all condemnation and corruption. Fit me with Your holiness and purity — defend me from all assaults against my heart.
The Belt of Truth Lord, I put on the belt of truth.
I choose a lifestyle of honesty and integrity. Show me the truths I so desperately need today. Expose the lies that I am not even aware that I believe.
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
I do choose to live for the gospel at any moment. Show me where You are working and lead me to it. Do not let me become slack in my walk.
The Shield of Faith
Jesus, I lift the confidence that You are good against every lie and every assault of the enemy. You have good in store for me. Nothing is coming today that can overcome me because You are with me.
The Sword of the Spirit
Holy Spirit, show me specifically today the truths of the Word of God that I will need to counter the snares of the enemy. Bring them to mind throughout the day.
Finally, Holy Spirit , I agree to walk in step with You in everything — in all prayer as my spirit communes with You throughout the day.
Have an awesome day dear friend of Jesus and I hope that you have an amazing new year and that you and your family will be blessed in the year ahead.