" For we do not wrestle with against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers , against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." -Ephesian 6:12
Paul just described our enemy. Many think it is there spouse that is their enemy, or a boss, or a classmate, or some person that attacks us. Nope, it is the demonic world around us and the evil forces in place that are working. Be watchful and alert.
" Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."- Ephesians 6:11
Every soldier, every warrior has to suit up, put on their equipment. I have friends who have served in the military. They had uniforms, equipment that they had to put on before they engaged in battle. And yet, we walk out into a devil control world unprepared, ill equipped , and basically uninformed to live a war torn world. Does this sound logical? No wonder our homes are breaking up and down. No wonder our countries are being destroy and taken over by ungodly forces. No wonder our churches are being infiltrated and influence by the world. Where are the well armored Christians?
Psalm 100:4 (NLT2) "Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name."
We have enter with thanksgiving now we must praise God. Praise is this: Praise is my response to the person, presence, position, power, greatness, majesty, and the love of God.
" Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable."- Psalm 145:3
Praise God for His : goodness, power, patience, love, grace, knowledge, holiness, wisdom, greatness, glory.
Praise God from whom all blessing flow!
Psalm 95:2 (NLT2) " Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him."
Psalm 100:4 (NLT2) " Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name."
We start with a thankful heart. Just this morning as I was in the gym, I began to thank God that I had the opportunity to exercise, a place to exercise and the ability to exercise. Start your day giving thanks.
" Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. "
2 Corinthians 4:16 (NLT2)
" That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. " The first strategy is to be renewed everyday. How does that take place? It takes place by spending Time Alone with God. You can call it a Quiet Time, a devotional time, but it is spending time alone with God in His Word, and talking with Him in prayer. It is intimacy, fellowship , friendship with Almighty God daily. I want to take it one step at a time. Will you follow me to intimacy with God?
What we Learned on Sunday? Insights, ideas and Inspiration