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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey and the “Conquest of Canaan” in the previous months, now in the month of March, considering that we are in the season of Lent, I intend to focus on the subject- “Lent season”.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




March 8th

The Sword of the Spirit



“Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”Ephesians 6:17
 
  We had concluded yesterday’s meditation stating that it would serve us well to counter satanic temptations by using the scriptures. Paul while likening a Christians weapons’ of offense and defense to that of the Roman soldier of his day (in his epistle to the Ephesians church) exhorts to use the Word of God (the Bible) in the spiritual battle against the Satan as the above-captioned scripture portion bears out.

Long before Paul, Jesus’ faithful servant (Romans 1:1) penned those words in his immortal epistle to the Church at Ephesus his Master did just that, whilst taking on Satan in the Judean wilderness. To say that Jesus merely used the Sword of the spirit (the scriptures) to stand up to the wiles and guiles of the Master deceiver in the searing desert heat (Matt 4:1-11) would be an understatement. For we see Jesus not only nullifying each of the three-recorded temptations in Matthew’s Gospel, quoting from the scriptures (Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, 6:13) but also ordering Satan away from his presence, using the same (Matt 4:10).

Are we well grounded in the scriptures to do like our Master did whilst facing temptations? We ought to be. This leads to the next logical question. So is it possible to memorize all of the scriptures…all of 31,102 verses (both OT and NT put together)? We shall focus upon this topic tomorrow.

Prayer:

Father, enable us to use thy scriptures in the way your Son did…both as weapons of offense and defense, while we face temptations. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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