Day-36, my friends! We’re almost to the end of the challenge, but I pray this has set you on the path to read your Bible every day for the rest of your life. There are many benefits to spending this time with the Lord on a daily basis. You may even find your dialogue changing as your spirit becomes closer to the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” As you spend more time with God, it will reflect in your conversations.
The scripture for today is Colossians 1. I love Paul’s letter to the Colossians. The Colossians were strong followers of God – so much so that Paul was able to share the deeper truths of Christ with them. It’s hard to pick a “favorite” verse, but today I’m looking at verse 18.
“And [Jesus Christ] is head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence.”
In my first podcast episode, “Welcome to the Battle”, I noted that Jesus Christ is the Commander-in-Chief of the Army of God. As such, it is important to note that he wears the same armor. That’s right, Jesus wears the Armor of God, too! (Well, technically he IS the armor of God.) Look at this description from Isaiah 59.
“And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought about salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.” Isaiah 59:16-17
Like any great commander, Jesus Christ is leading the charge into battle, and he’s wearing the same armor as you and me. That’s because every aspect of the armor (salvation, righteousness, truth, peace, faith, and the Word of God) is an aspect of Christ. It’s what he is clothed in, and it’s what we are clothed in. Nothing can prevail against Him or his armor!
May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friend!