Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Grab The Red Phone!”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“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 firm.”
1 Peter 1:6-7
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”
“Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!”
Sometimes we will need to run, sometimes we will need to hide, but we must always stand firm! When we get broadsided with something unexpected, we need to be ready to run, to cling, and to hold fast and tight to what we know to be true of our God, regardless of the circumstances.
Is God our God? Do we know Him? Do we love Him? Do we really believe what we think we believe and hold fast to that belief, or do we give in to the pressures and doubts that squeeze us?
Read 1 Peter 1:6-7. Sometimes unbelief can be very subtle and hard to recognize. The truth is that it is in difficult times that our faith is tested and strengthened. We need to trust the Lord in those times and run to Him.
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (ESV). Make a mental list of at least five names of the Lord. Look online if you need to. What do these names tell you about who God is? Keep them hidden in your heart that you might call upon His name in the day of trouble and by faith wait upon Him, believing He has heard your call.
Like we’ve learned from David this week, in times of deep difficulty, in the pit of despair, and in the midst of confusion, we can remember God’s past deliverance, His mighty hand, and His tender love towards us. In the midst of great trouble, we can hide ourselves in the shadow of His wing, by faith believing that under His wing we will find safety. We will be able to sing songs of thanks and praise to God, believing that He is good, all the time. The joy of the Lord will be our strength; and this can be our reality amidst a whirlpool of tribulation.
Read Psalm 27:7-14. What can you learn from this psalm to apply to your own prayer life? What does David ask for in verse 11? What is his plan in verse 14?
What is the full armor of God? Well according to Ephesians 6:14-18 it is…
“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
Basically we need to be ready for the enemies attacks everyday by putting on the armor of God as explained above.