“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV
The following are multiple devotionals released by my Pastor onto social media. I thought that collecting them in one place would make it easy to review on those days when you need a refresher. Refresh and renewed! Like the verse above.
No bible study from me today. I read more of Romans and I read more of Hebrews. And all I have for this blog is that we aren’t there yet! We need to humble ourselves and let God set fire to our hearts. We fight the battles – but God created Angels to fight – we are to just pray. In our zeal to be on fire for Christ we get knocked around and beat up but that isn’t God’s plan for us. In Romans the word “Mercy” appears so many times – and I feel I need less fight and more love in my prayers and in my life.
Lets remember the full armor of God! Let’s read and reread until it is in us and it is on us! Through Christ we ARE more than conquerors. At some point you and I will get this right – through mercy and grace – THROUGH Jesus – not our own work or energy or trying.
Please enjoy these devotionals:
BE STRONG IN THE LORD
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
For the next few days, let us look at the armor of God. The Bible tells us in these verses to put on this armor so that we can defeat the different demonic powers and have victory in our lives. It does not say that we have it on, but that we need to put it on daily. This comes through an understanding of what this armor is, how we get it, and how we use it.
One thing that we have to remember is that Jesus had this armor on, and He defeated satan and all of his hosts. So if we put it on, and use it, we will also defeat the enemy when he comes against us.
These verses also tell us to be strong in the Lord. In other words, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, so we can rest assured that if we do it God’s way, we will be victorious. So let us go on this journey for the next few days and see how we can get this armor, and use it to live a victorious life!
CONFESSION: I thank you Father, for giving me the armor that Jesus had. As He defeated the enemy, so will I, through You!
GIRD YOUR WAIST WITH TRUTH
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:13-14(NKJV) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
God wants us to put on His armor so that we are able to stand in the evil day. When is the evil day? Well, I would say it is today! So let us get started by getting this armor on. There is an interesting statement here when it says, “Having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” This is an old military phrase which means that after you have won a battle, be ready to go into battle again. In other words, never let your guard down. Always be ready for the enemy to come at you.
The first piece of the armor that He talks about is to have our waist girded with truth. To do this, I need to know what truth is, and the Bible makes that very clear. Jesus said in John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth.” The Word of God is truth, so to have on this piece of the armor, I need to get His Word within me.
Each day as I wake up and get dressed, I need to get spiritually dressed also. The way I do this is to get His Word in my heart. I can do this in so many ways. I could read His Word or meditate on it. I can listen to it as I am driving, or let it roll in my mind while I am still in bed. Whichever way works best for you, do it, and let it become real within you.
As you do this, the truth of God’s Word will be on you to protect you. Here it says that it girds your waist. It holds the other pieces of the armor together and protects you from the arrows of the enemy. So today, get into the Word, in whichever way is best for you, and see His protection.
CONFESSION: Today, I have taken time to get His Word within me, and I know that I have girded my waist with His truth. I am holding all of my armor together with His Word, deep in my heart.
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:13-14 (NKJV) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
Yesterday, we looked at our waist being girded with truth. Today, let us look at the next piece of our armor, which is the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate was the piece of armor that protected all of the vital organs. This piece of the armor protected the soldier’s heart, lungs, stomach, liver, etc. Without this piece of armor, the soldier was open to a quick hit by a sword, arrow, or stone, but with his breastplate on, when the enemy brought an attack to his chest area, it would bounce off.
For us as Christians, when we have our breastplate on, we are protected from the enemy’s attack. So what is this piece of armor for us? It is the righteousness of Jesus. The Scripture states in 1 Corinthians 1:30, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
We know that once we ask Jesus into our heart, we have this righteousness. God made Jesus sin for me so that I can be made righteous in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of a Holy God, and be accepted as if we have never sinned. Now, remember, we have to put on our armor. Today, say out loud, “Jesus you are my righteousness! Because of Your blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary, and because of Your death and resurrection, I am the righteousness of God in You!”
When the enemy comes attacking your heart and mind, fight him with what the truth of the Word declares. I am accepted by God and I am loved by God, all because of what Jesus did for me. What a great Savior we serve!
CONFESSION: Jesus has become my righteousness. Today, I have the breastplate of righteousness on. Thank you, Jesus, for providing this piece of armor.
FEET SHOD WITH THE GOSPEL
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:15 (NKJV) And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Our next piece of armor is for our feet. This verse says to have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. The Gospel is GOOD NEWS. We are to proclaim this good news that Jesus gave us to share. Again, it is the Word of God that is good news.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
Jesus brought out that the gospel was to heal the sick, help the poor, bring liberty to the captive, and to proclaim God’s “Year of Jubilee.” The true Gospel of Jesus Christ must be a Gospel of good news. In this great Gospel, we are to pray for the sick, preach God’s goodness to all mankind, and tell others that Jesus is coming back.
Here in this verse, it states that our feet are protected by having the Gospel of peace. That is exactly what the message to the world is. “Hey world! God’s not mad at us anymore. He has sent a Savior, and His name is Jesus!” As we remind ourselves that God has forgiven us and accepts us, it causes us to live a life of peace.
In Romans 5:1 it says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Do you see it? We have peace with God because of what Jesus did for us. His sacrifice on the cross has taken the wrath of God from every person that will accept this free gift.
So today, get those marching boots on! Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Proclaim that He is risen, and that He has come to set us free. When you do, you will see this peace that He promises us.
CONFESSION: Jesus is my peace. He has taken down the wall that separated me from the Father. I have peace with God today, because of Jesus!
SHIELD OF FAITH
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:16 (NKJV) …above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Our next piece of the armor of God is our shield of faith. This is such an important piece of armor that we need each and every day. You see, the enemy is coming at us with fiery darts, and if we do not have our shield held up, they will get through, and can cause problems in our lives.
So what is this shield? The shield that God wants us to have each day is our strong faith. We see in Romans 10:17 that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Our faith is such a major part of our Christian life. Over and over we see in the gospels that Jesus said it was faith that brought forth miracles.
Now that we see where faith comes from, we need to be in the Word and keep our shield held high with the power of God. When the enemy comes against us with thought-bombs like, “You are no good,” and “Nobody loves you,” you can hold your shield up high and say, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!” When a thought-bomb comes at you that says, “God does not accept you,” you can come right back with your shield lifted high and say, “I am accepted in the Beloved!”
When sickness comes against you, you can hold your shield up high and quench that fiery dart of the enemy and say, “By the stripes of Jesus, I am healed.” This is why it is so important to get the Word of God in us. Your shield that comes through faith comes by the Word of God.
So today, go ahead and get your shield out. Make sure it is ready for battle by putting God’s Word on. Go ahead and say it. Confess it over yourself, and watch those fiery darts go out as they hit your shield.
CONFESSION: Today, I have the shield of faith, and it quenches all of the fiery darts of the wicked one. Today, I keep my faith sharp by reading the Word of God.
HELMET OF SALVATION
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:17 (NKJV) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
“Get your head covered, it is cold outside!” How many remember your mom or dad saying that to you? Well, it is the same here. We need to get our heads covered. The enemy is always looking to get a thought-bomb into our mind. He wants to bring doubt and unbelief. He knows that if he can get us to doubt God’s Word, he can defeat us.
In this verse, it tells us to take the “helmet of salvation.” Our salvation is the most powerful of all gifts that God has given to us. We are saved because of what Jesus did on the cross. When Jesus’ disciples came back from preaching the Gospel, they were all excited because of all the miracles that they had witnessed, yet Jesus gets them right on track again. He said in Luke 10:20, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Salvation is a gift from God, and it comes to us by believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Salvation does not come through works or being good. It is freely given to anyone that will receive it. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
As you get spiritually dressed today, look to Jesus and thank Him for this great salvation that He has given to you. Thank Him that you are heaven-bound, and that you will never go to hell because of all that He did on the cross. As you do this, remember the work of Calvary, and His resurrection, and let the helmet of salvation get on your head and protect you from the thought bombs of the enemy. When they do come, cast them down in Jesus’ name, and receive the victory through Him.
CONFESSION: The work of the cross is a great work, and I believe it with all of my heart and mind. Today, I put on the helmet of salvation, and I cast down every thought and make it obey the Word of God.
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:17 (NKJV) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God
Now, here we are with our offensive weapon. You see, every piece of the armor that we have put on so far has been defensive. They have protected each part of us. Now we are given a sword: The sword of the Spirit. The Bible tells us that this weapon is the Word of God.
As we get the Word into our heart and speak it with our mouth, as we take God’s Word and make it sharp within us, it causes the enemy to flee. Look at how it states it in Hebrews 4:12-13, “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
God’s Word on our lips in faith will destroy the works of the enemy in our lives, and the lives of the people that we are praying for. God’s Word does not return void, it always accomplishes what it was set out to do. When we pick up this powerful weapon, the Word, we need to believe it in our hearts and say it with our mouths, and we will see the manifestation of what we are saying.
This is the way we got saved. Look with me at Romans 10:8-10, “But what does it say? ‘The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart ‘ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
So today, get His Word within you, and then release it with your mouth. You will see the devil, and his demons, flee as you use your sword in a powerful way.
CONFESSION: Today, I speak God’s Word and I watch as the devil flees. God’s Word never returns without doing what it set out to do, when I speak it by faith.
By Pastor Tom Feola
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
The last part of this great armor that the Lord has given to us is our prayer life. As we take time to pray each day, it is a protection in our lives. It might not be one specifically mentioned as a piece of armor, but it is still so important!
Here it says to pray always. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says, “Pray without ceasing.” “Well,” you might say, “how in the world do I do that? How do I go to work, and all the other things I have to do in the course of a day, and pray without stopping?” What I believe these verses are saying is to have an attitude of prayer. There are so many types and ways to pray, and we can use them throughout the day. Let me give you a few.
There is the prayer of praise and worship, the prayer of petition and supplication, the prayer of faith, and the prayer of intercession. There is the prayer of agreement, and the prayer of commitment (or casting our cares on the Lord.) There is the prayer of praying in tongues, and the prayer of dedication. These are just a few, but you can see that there are so many ways to pray.
During the day, you can say within you, “Father, I love You and I am so glad I am saved and on my way to heaven.” You can also have a time where the Holy Spirit will put someone on your heart, and you can lift them up under your breath. You see, prayer does not have to be only when we are alone and on our knees. We can use walks to pray, or even when you are driving. (Please keep your eyes open when you are driving!)
So today, look for different ways, and times, that you can lift up different things to the Lord. Just watch! By the end of the day, you will see how much time you spent in prayer.
CONFESSION: Today, I make a decision to pray without ceasing. As the Holy Spirit directs me during the course of this day, I will lift up many things to my Heavenly Father in Jesus’ name.