Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 30 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 4: The Armor of God!) 

By admin On January 22nd, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 30

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In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 4: “The Armor of God!”

To read Part 1, click here… February 1st (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?!)

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“In every thing give thanks:

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1st Thessalonians 5:18

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For the most part, Christians have been taught that the Book of Revelation is all about God’s wrath on the people of the world!

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“Revelation, Chapter 4, through Chapter 22 has nothing to do with Christians, because Christians are not appointed to wrath”, say the advocates of this theory. 

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The popular theory today is that true Christians will be removed from the earth, prior to all this happening, via the Rapture!

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And so, this, “day of wrath” will be for Jews, or so they say…

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Global Warning – Judgment – Christ Coming by Julian Osley – Wikimedia – Share Alike License

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REVELATION FOR CLEANSING

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But listen to Revelation… “I beheld…a great multitude…of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood…before the Lamb, clothed with white robes…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of thehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avvakum_by_Myasoyedov.jpeg Lamb.” Revelation 7:9, 13, 14

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Now does this above passage sound as if it is speaking only of 144,000 Jews? No, it is speaking of, “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,” Revelation 7:9

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And furthermore, this great multitude of all nations kindreds, people and tongues have “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb!”

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And so, let’s get rid of this notion that the coming Great Tribulation is only for the purpose of God’s wrath!

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It is for the spiritual purification of God’s people!

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Burning at the Stake – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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KEPT FROM THAT HOUR

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Now the Bible does say that, “Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10

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OK, so it says in this above verse that those faithful ones will be kept from that hour. 

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But it says nothing here about RAPTURING them out of the world, prior to this great time of trouble!

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Girl with a Bible (Faith of Our Fathers) – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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HIDDEN IN THE TIME OF TROUBLE!

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Quite the opposite!

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For those who wish to escape the great trials which are now beginning to come upon the whole earth, the following passage is of great instruction… “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” Zephaniah 2:3

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Here is where God’s faithfully dedicated people will be during the coming tempest: hidden!

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Here is how God’s people will be kept from that hour of temptation: HIDDEN!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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HOW ARE WE TO HIDE?

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Well, the Bible answers this question!

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By seeking, righteousness, seek meekness”!

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And this above passage from Zephaniah 2:3 says, that by so-doing, “it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.”

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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LIKE A COMPUTER GAME! 

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But one very important concept that we must keep in mind is found in the following passage… “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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This above passage is so critically important to remember as we go about our day!

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Because, so many of us forget that all things which we encounter, are allowed by God for our Christian perfection!

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Yes, even the bad stuff!

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Just think of a children’s computer game, in which the main character must walk up a pathway filled with various dangers and pitfalls.  

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Computer game – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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HAVING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD

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And just like that computer game, each and every daily situation which arises requires us to have our Christian armor on!

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And with God’s, “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God”, we can battle against every, “every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2nd Corinthians 10:5

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And with, “the shield of faith,” (Ephesians 6:16), we can put to rest all fears, and overcome all assaults which Satan brings upon Christians in everyday life! 

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And by having on our feet, the shoes of the preparation of the Gospel of peace, we can be instantly ready to give an answer to every person who might be ready to hear about the joys of Salvation!

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Christian and Apollyon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“BY WISE COUNSEL, THOU SHALL MAKE THY WAR!”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

Proverbs 24:6

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Yes, the Lord brings (or allows) many situations to come upon us daily!

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And these many trials require us to bring to remembrance God’s, precious promises“, which come to our aid, in times of trouble, both great and small!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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ALL THINGS…FOR OUR GOOD!

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Now this is an abbreviated study into this concept of giving thanks for all things!

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Yes, an entire Book could be written on this subject!

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And so, I must put on the armor of God, and begin to walk that faith-walk which is right now coming daily upon all God’s people!

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And if I don’t delay, but become fully engaged right now, then this coming Time of Trouble will actually become a time of joy, as God’s people walk by faith, having previously done all our homework!

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE…August 14th (In Every Thing, Give Thanks!?! Part 5: God’s Foreknowledge)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully grasp this concept of giving thanks in both the good as well as the bad things that happen. Help me to understand that nothing can happen to me, either good or bad, unless you allow it to happen…for my benefit…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath”, or you can also read… February 1st (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE… “THE ARMOR OF GOD”

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“PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD”…

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 I didn’t understand all that Ephesians 6 was talking about. “What does it mean to put on ‘the breast plate of righteousness'”? This was very puzzling to me… “How does a person just put something like that on?” This was a concept above my comprehension.

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“And how does a person ‘put on the helmet of salvation'”, I thought to myself… “especially while Satan is condemning and accusing every moment?”

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And how do you put on the shoes, ‘with the gospel of peace’? I couldn’t understand these concepts. I was too new in the faith.

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ONE CONCEPT THAT DID MAKE SENSE… But there was one thing I could understand. I knew what it meant to take thesword of the spirit, which is the word of God”. Now that I got! Read the Bible! That’s a simple concept! Yeah! 

      

Well, this began a long love affair with the word of God. And by studying the Bible for myself, I came to understand what it meant to ‘put on the breastplate of righteousness’. And by hiding the, ‘Word in my heart’ (Psalm 119:11), I began to comprehend what it meant to ‘put on the helmet of salvation’.  To put on the, preparation of the gospel of peace’‘the shield of faith’. 

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I already knew well what the fiery darts of the devil meant. But these other truths didn’t come all at once.       

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The sketch above is Orion the Soldier and the Dragon of Revelation 12. They begin to rise in the east in the fall and gradually move westward, finally sinking in the west in the spring. Find Orion first. Look for his 3-star belt. Then find the 4 bright stars of his shoulders and feet. Then locate the Dragon’s mouth (AKA Hyades).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Orion the Soldier (Armor of God)

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 31 (How To Put Time In A Bottle!)”

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