8/31 - "Direct my footsteps according to Your Word; let no sin rule
over me." (Psalm 119:133 - NIV) In these days when Satan is
pulling out all stops against God, Christianity, and Christians, it is
so important that we remember and pray this prayer daily!
- "Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but
keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you." (Deut. 4:2 -
NIV) Shortly before Israel entered the Promised Land, God spoke these
words to His people. His never-changing Word still applies today.
- "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book.
If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues
described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book
of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of Life
and in the holy city." (Rev. 22:18-19 - NIV) In addition to the
warning in yesterday's Reading, God - at the end of the Inspired
Scriptures - issues a similar warning. May we never try to add anything
to God's Word - or try to take anything away - but remember that God's
Word itself is all-sufficient!
- "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against
the devil's schemes." (Eph. 6:11 - NIV) Paul's encouragement to the
Ephesian Christians is still good advice today. As the end of time
draws ever closer, Satan is going to try even harder to draw God's
people away from Him. Our only sure defense is God's powerful Word.
Put on this "armor" every day!
- "For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual
immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness,
envy, slander, arrogance, and folly." (Mark 7:21-22 - NIV) And don't
forget, our own sinful flesh all too often goes along with Satan's
temptations. So put on that armor of God to fight Satan - and our own