Daily Devotional, Year 2 – May 15 (The World’s Most Powerful Weapon)

By admin On April 3rd, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – May 15

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The World’s Most Powerful Weapon

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Well, if you asked the question, “What is the world’s most powerful weapon?”, the general consensus would probably say, “The atomic bomb”.

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But there is a weapon which far exceeds the atomic bomb.

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DIFFERENT WEAPONS

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgListen to the following passage from Paul… “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” 2nd Corinthians 10:3, 4

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So here the Bible speaks of a much more powerful arsenal than any of the weapons which mankind has invented!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

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POWER TO PURIFY HEART

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So what is it, that Paul speaks of?

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Listen as he continues… “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts 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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So now it is revealed that the weapons of our warfare are able to completely subdue the carnal nature within our hearts, and bring every thought to the obedience of Christ.

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WEAPONS IN RIGHT AND LEFT HAND

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But here’s another verse from 2nd Corinthians about our weapons… “By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor (weapons) of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,” 2nd Corinthians 6:7

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Now here it speaks of weapons in the plural.

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SWORD & SHIELD

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So what weapons does the Christian hold in his right hand and in his left?

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Listen… “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked….and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:” Ephesians 6:16, 17

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So here we see that the “shield of faith”, and the “sword of the Spirit, the Word of God”, are the weapons of choice for the Christian soldier.

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SUN & MOON STOOD STILL

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But how can we possibly think that these weapons are more powerful than an atomic bomb? Well, listen to this next verse… “Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.” Joshua 10:12, 13

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So, by faith, Joshua commanded the Sun and Moon to stand still, and that’s exactly what happened! Both the Sun and the Moon stood still for 24 hours, until God’s people got the victory over their enemies!

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Now can an atomic bomb do that? Even if all the world’s atomic bombs were exploded at once, it would not cause the Earth or the Sun, or the Moon to stand still.

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UNLIMITED POWER

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http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Transfiguration_bloch.jpgAnd so, having such weapons at our disposal, what can Christians not do? Certainly, the Christian can do more than we dare think or imagine!

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Listen… “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20

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This above passage lets us know that the Power that works in us can do far more than we ask or think. So why do we remain in such a semi-diseased spiritual condition?

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STORY OF JONATHAN

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Do you remember the account of when Jonathan and his armor-bearer attacked an entire army?

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Listen… “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” 1st Samuel 14:6

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So, these two faith-filled men decided to attack an entire army, and this began an earth-shaking chain of events which resulted in the Philistines killing their own selves!

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A FAILED LAODICEAN CHURCH

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So the point is, that if only we Christians realized just what power we have at our disposal, Christianity would look much different than it does today!

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Listen to the dismal report from Isaiah, regarding the New Testament Church… “We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18

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Here is one of the saddest commentaries about the Church, found in the entire Bible! We have failed to bring forth Christ, both collectively and individually.

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But also this verse infers that the inhabitants of the world could have been conquered in the name of Christ, if only we would have fulfilled our great commission to become transformed into the image of Jesus, both collectively and individually!

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WEAPONS STILL WITHIN REACH

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Well, the very Good News to all this, is that those weapons of warfare are still within our reach!

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Yes, as Paul puts it… “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20                                                                                                   

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This above verse reveals that God is willing to do an incredible work within us, both individually and collectively! We just do not understand what power is available to us! And when we finally avail ourselves of this power, the Elect of God will shine as the Sun, for all the world to behold!

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“AWAKE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS”

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The secret to unlimited power is found when a Christian finally decides to give hihttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpgs or her self unreservedly to the Lord. The following passage from Isaiah foretells of the day when God’s people finally decide to forsake our earthly idols…

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Listen… “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly, the earth!” Isaiah 2:19-21

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We are living in that day. And it remains for us to run to that mighty Rock, Jesus, to take refuge in His Word, and in unceasing prayer, having forsaken this world with all its idols.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Make me to arise from my slumber and take up the armor of God and the weapons of warfare, in which to battle against the enemy of souls…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Orion the Soldier Pt. 2: “The Weapons of Our Warfare””, or you can also read this shorter article… November 27th (The Armor of God)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ORION THE SOLDIER

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The pagan cultures saw this incredible constellation as a hunter, with a club.

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Well, they weren’t too far off. Actually, God created it to appear like a soldier. This is because all nature presents aspects of the Gospel.

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Listen… “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1.

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And so now we are amazed to discover that beyond the awesome grandeur of the starry night-heavens, God has actually written the Love of God upon the heavenly scroll!   

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7 MAJOR STARS OF ORION…

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Orion Constellation can best be seen all winter (but even in August in the pre-dawn hours of morning in eastern skies) traveling east to west through the night, in mid-sky.

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To find the seven major stars of Orion (one star on each shoulder and one star on each foot, plus the three stars which make his belt), you can locate on just about any clear night regardless of the blackness of the night. To find Orion’s other stars, you need more star-visibility…a darker, moonless night, and possibly away from city lights.

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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…

“May 16 (What Is True Love?)”

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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