Assume The Full Armor of God and Stand

What is preventing you from possessing that relationship you desire?  Consider the reason (it is not a person) and ask the Lord to reveal to you specifics if need be.  Whatever is restraining you from loving boldly, expressing authentic joy, settling into peace, exercising patience, extending kindness, revealing goodness, possessing full throttle faith, displaying gentleness, and maintaining self-control (Galatians 6:22-23) is a stronghold in your life.  I am not talking about days here and there of unfruitfulness.  What I am describing is a season or seasons of works of the flesh (Galatians 6:19-21).  Remember, idolatry is ANYTHING you raise up to a place reserved exclusively for God…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

Praise you Lord!  Our obstacle is reduced to nothing because you are our God!  Our salvation comes quickly because we trust You!  Restore our relationships as we bow our hearts to You!

Amanda

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The Reflection of a Helper

Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper (ezer from the word azar) as his compliment.”  The divine intention here is for the woman to be a partner.

The following scriptures illustrate some examples of the Lord as our helper.  As you read these, please pray they will fall with a fresh anointing of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Psalm 10:14b  The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper (Hebrew word azar, meaning to surround, protect, or aid) of the fatherless.

Psalm 27:9b  You have been my helper do not leave me or abandon me, God of my salvation.

Moses named one of his children Eliezer (God is my help) because he had said, “The God of my father was my helper and delivered me from Pharaoh’s sword.” Exodus 18:4

Psalm 40:17 I am afflicted and needy; the Lord thinks (esteems) of me.  You are my helper and my deliverer; my God, do not delay.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.

Psalm 54:4  God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.

Psalm 63:6-8  When I think of You as I lie on my bed, I meditate on You during the night watches because You are my helper; I will rejoice in the shadow of Your wings.  I follow close to You; Your right hand holds on to me.

Psalm 118:7  The LORD is my helper, Therefore, I will look in triumph on those who hate me.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness.”  So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female   Genesis 1:26-27.  Do you find it interesting that it is intimated here that the creation of the human race “in the image of God” somehow entailed being male and female?  God, the creator and sustainer of the universe created mankind in His image!   From the earlier verses, we are taught that God is our helper.   One of the ways we were created in the likeness of our Lord is as helper!  Being created in the Lord’s likeness, and as a partner to our husband, we are to mirror the Lord as helper!  We can be trusted, we do not leave or abandon, we can pray for deliverance and sustenance for him who has been entrusted to us, we can listen and be gracious, we can be a reliable place of refuge and strength, we can esteem him, we can hold his hand, and we can make him feel triumphant.  Do these things remind you of the preceding verses?

Life is not always neat and pretty.  Life gets complicated and we can get discouraged.  Reflect on the ways God intended creation to work.  Because of our sin nature, we can at times feel to be far form the “likeness” of God.  Don’t fret.  God is good and He proclaimed that His creation was good!  Genesis 1:31  As your heart swells with the goodness of God you will desire to reflect more of His “likeness”- even in the midst of your less than perfect circumstances.  Set your heart on mirroring your Creator and be the helper He created you to be!  It is your calling.  Rise up DIVAs and recall “we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10.  Have you glanced in the mirror lately?  Whose image are you reflecting?  Yours…or His?

Amanda

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The Path to Jesus

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing”  Mark 11:25.

Several years ago the Lord revealed to me the pathway to forgiveness.  I was experiencing a time when I felt continuously hurt by someone.  As time  past, the hurt turned to bitterness  and occasionally expressed itself as anger.  I detected no resolution to the matter and probably did not possess a heart for it.  As I am sure you can relate, I also needed to receive forgiveness for my actions but because I was busy defending my own cause I could not see the effect of my deeds.  Isn’t that what usually happens?

Jesus longs for us to know and walk in Truth (John 18:37-38, John 16:13).  He began presenting a truth to me by illustrating two paths.  The first path was initially revealed as a beautiful park.  I was walking along that path and I appeared to be doing quite fine!  As I watched, however, the path began to darken and close in from every direction.  Immediately I knew I did not desire to stay.  The next path I was shown was lined with large, thick thorns.  Both paths were then displayed together in front of me.  The Lord spoke to my heart saying, “If you remain on this path (the beautiful one that closed into darkness) you will not find Me.  If you choose this path (the one with the huge thorns), I will be with you.”  At the end of the thorny path, I saw Him waiting for me.  He was so far away he looked 2″ tall!  Gazing down the path I noticed how large the thorns were.  I told the Lord, “I can’t walk that path of thorns!”  I starred down at my feet and noticed I did not even have on shoes.  In effect what I was staying is what you are asking me to do is too hard!  He said, “I have ointment and bandages for your feet.  I have everything you will need.  Now forgive.”  I said, “You are asking me to forgive?  Didn’t you hear what was said?”  His reply was, “Yes. I heard and I saw and it will be for me to handle.  Your job is to forgive.”  Now I had to choose which path to put my feet.  I determined to endure the thorny path.  Who can resist the Lord?

I did not have to wait long for the opportunity to practice forgiveness!  Before I had a chance to react to the hurtful words spoken, I immediately recalled the invitation from the Lord.  I said nothing with verbal words but in my mind I said, “I forgive you.”  OUCH!  Then it hit me.  The thorns represented pride!  Each step I took down the path to meet my Jesus I had to feel the sting of pride.  It was not the sting of forgiving someone you think owes you.  It was the sting of having to lay down pride in order to walk with Jesus.  Pride is our enemy.  Pride thinks it has to defend your heart against others.  Jesus is your defender (Lamentations 3:58, Psalm 74:22, Romans 12:19).  I could have meditated on numerous words, plotted numerous deeds, and put up several bricks around the wall of my heart and felt justified in doing so!  This time, I chose not to and it was VERY hard.  Would you do it to get a step closer to Jesus?

Not much time past and I had another opportunity to forgive.  This time it was a little easier.  Then the third time came….it was simple!  The Lord visited me again a short time later.  The beautiful path that channelled into darkness was gone.  The path of thorns remained but it was beginning to reveal a beautiful spacious place.  Remember I mentioned I could tell He was standing at the end of the path but was so far away he looked miniature?  No more.  The One standing at the end of the path zoomed up to my face with such speed I can’t even describe.  Glory!  What do you think?  Are you willing to offer someone forgiveness and take a step closer to Jesus?  You can do it!

For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.  Matthew 6:14

…accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another.  Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.  Colossians 3:13

Amanda

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A Chord of Three

“I assure you:  if two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:19-20).  On this day, as servants to the King, let us approach the throne of grace, make our request known, and receive!  (Hebrews 4:16)  Let us approach our Savior knowing we are accepted and are excpected!  Let us apply a fresh boldness in our approach to the One who has the ability to save!  Do not hold back a single request!  We are not timid, we do not lack faith, and we do not bring fear!  Your King does not have a deaf ear, or an arm too short!  Engage your Redeemer in battle with your enemy.  Let’s be clear in our thinking… the enemy is Satan and not one with flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12)…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

Praise you Lord!!  We have heard of your fame.  We stand in awe of your deeds.  In our day, in our time, make Yourself known!

Amanda

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