Advent Devotional: Day 22
Sunday, December 18, 2016
by Bill Cheatham
Ephesians 6:10-20 (NIV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Waiting is nerve racking.
We live in a world of instant gratification, Wi-Fi, TV “On-Demand”, fast food, instant messaging and emails. No one has time for snail mail and what’s the use of watching a TV program if you can’t see back to back episodes without commercial breaks.
Waiting is hard.
Remain faithful while you wait. Paul reminds us in the verses above that we have resources to sustain us and we are to always be in action, and I would add, especially while we wait. We are to gird ourselves, we are to stand firm, read our Bibles, pray on all things and for others.
Be brave and fearless in your pursuit of faith. Pray for strength and remember your blessings.
Jesus assures us through the New Testament that we can look ahead in faith because of who God is and how God relates to us. Through faith comes peace.
What are you waiting for? A new job, an answer about a relationship?
What do we do while we wait? Wait with the patience that comes with the peace of salvation. Relax, accentuate the positive, pray and have faith.
Express your goals of faith. If you want to get in shape or lose weight, set a goal and tell people what you are up to. This will help to hold you accountable and on task. You must do the same thing if you are struggling while waiting. Share with others, encourage others and pray. In business I always encourage everyone to celebrate their success. Celebrate your blessings and be thankful. God has a plan. Pray and stay moving while you wait.
Music – a playlist for reflection, Devotion- While We Are Waiting, Come (free on Spotify)
Dear Lord, thank you for being our “Armor & Shield”. We take strength in your salvation knowing that we can stand our ground in peace. Help me to share this faith and hope with others. Amen.