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Panoply Of God

Today’s Verse: “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Eph 6:13 NASU).
Among the stories of long ago, one comes to us from the days of Xerxes, king of Persia. The great king had led an arm into Greece. He found the pass at Thermophylae blocked by a small number of soldiers led by the Spartan king, Leonidas. Surprised at the temerity of the Greeks, we are told that Xerxes sent a message to them. He threatened, “Surrender to us or our soldiers will send such a shower of darts as will darken the sky.”


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Self-Esteem (4)

Ponder: How does my behavior relate to my self esteem?
Scripture: “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11, NKJV).
Healthy self esteem is rooted in the fact that we are made in the image of God. When we sin, we damage that image, and self esteem suffers as a result. Being forgiven and renewed to His image brings improved self esteem. Now, after being forgiven, we can build healthy self esteem by behaving in ways that harmonize with the revealed will of God. Think of the sinful woman who moistened Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair (Luke 7:36-50). If she had reverted to the sinful behavior of her past, her self esteem would have plummeted.

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Around the Cross We See SINFUL MALEFACTOR

Luke 23:39
“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.”
Notice the question the malefactor railed to Jesus. “IF”?
Obviously he did not believe Jesus truly was the Christ. But also notice he said, “IF thou be CHRIST?” So that tells me that he knew if He truly was the Christ, he could save him from this cross. How often we sometimes are like this man on the cross. We believe in Jesus, BUT! We want Jesus to be there when we are in deep trouble, but when all is going well, well I don’t seem to have the time of day.

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