Monday, April 15, 2013

Suit of Armor

God is Sovereign

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11

We all wake up in the morning with a plan for our day. And as we head out to work, well dressed and coffee in hand, how long does it take before our plan is hit with unexpected road blocks or difficult detours?

Yes, the best laid plans often go awry, but God has given us a way to battle all of life’s unpleasant surprises with self-control. Even when wronged, we can be kind and gentle in our response. But a humble spirit is not natural to anyone, it is only achieved when we chose to surrender control and rely on the power given to us through Jesus Christ. Will you consider trusting God with all the details?

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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17

Because God is sovereign, I can surrender control and allow the power of Christ to work in me.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Loyalty Programs

God is Faithful

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. Revelation 22:12

When traveling on business or pleasure, the major brands are constantly competing for your loyalty. They use well thought out marketing ploys and reward programs to keep you coming back. But really, is anyone loyal to just one company or brand? Why is it so easy to be persuaded?

If you don’t already know, God wants your loyalty too! He knows He is competing against a slew of worldly rewards that appeal to man’s natural desires and can satisfy in an instant. But God is faithful to His word. His rewards are everlasting and supreme. And while they may not be instantaneous, always tangible or may seem counter intuitive to what the world declares good, they are perfect and complete.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17

Because God is faithful, in Christ we will receive our just rewards.