Saturday, September 20, 2008

iTrain30

Reading for Day 20
September 20

Eph. 6:10-20
Psalm 18:1-15
Prov. 4:1-6

One of the great things about fall is the high school football games. A couple of Fridays ago was Robert's first home game. The girls and James and I were excited to watch the game.




The one thing about playing football is that you can't play the game and not expect to get hit. Even the way the players are dressed makes it clear that everyone has to be ready to be tackled. You can't get on the field without the pads and the helmet. It is just part of the plan. It is amazing to watch the football players take hit after hit and get up and keep playing. They can do this because they have the mindset to get ready for the hit. They have gone through the conditioning and they are wearing the right equipment.

Paul writes in Ephesians 6 that we are all on the team and we need to get ready for the game. Only this is more than a game, it is a war. And so he leads out with "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." He prepares our mindset by telling us in advance that we are going to have to get ready for the hits from the devil. He tells us to be strong, get conditioned and be ready for the struggle. Lastly, he tells us to put on the uniform, the armor of God.

Sometimes, I forget that life is not a picnic but rather a battleground. We can make it if we can be "strong in the Lord" and in the "power of His might". We are not left alone to fend for ourselves. Christ lends us His power and strength. We can survive and win the challenges because of who stands with us.

Reading for Day 21
September 21

Col. 1:1-14
Psalm 18:16-36
Prov. 4:7-10

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

His way is perfect. May we all pray for the knowledge and wisdome to understand His will for each of our lives.

Mick

Malorie said...

As we continue to study God's word, I am realizing more and more how truly equipped we are to spread the Good News and to stand on this spiritual battleground for our Lord. All of the tools and resources we need, He has given us. I pray that we each realize the task before us and ask for God's guidance and wisdom as we all seek to do His will.

Kathy said...

"I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from mine enemies." LOVE IT!!!!

Walz Fam said...

Day 20 and 21 complete,
Wisdom, Faith and Salvation
miles

amay said...

Dont forget that we appreciate you. You and your family are a blessing to High Street.

LauraD said...

It's true...sometimes we feel like we're on the front lines of war and other times we feel like we're back at the camp resting up and preparing for the next battle.
Thanks for your insight.

Anonymous said...

still reading. David

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