“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 NKJV
Welcome to the 43rd week of Our devotional recap. This is where we remind ourselves of what we learnt during the week.
This week we learnt about arming ourselves with the word of God, how to stand against the enemy through prayer, victory over sin and separating ourselves from this present world.
On Monday, we concluded our series on the whole armour of God with a study on the Word of God as our sword. Without the accurate knowledge of the word of God, we are vulnerable to the devices of the enemy. This is why we must labour in the word(2 Timothy 2:15) and meditate on it day and night (Joshua 1:8) then we will be able to withstand the wiles of the enemy.
In addition to studying the word, we learnt in Tuesday’s study ‘More than Victorious’ that we can enforce our victory over the devil in the place of prayer. When we fight against the works of the devil we do so, not from fear or uncertainty, but from the Victory that Christ won for us on the cross (Colossians 2:15).
On Wednesday, we saw that the spirit of the Antichrist seeks to compete with God for our attention and devotion. Our example of such was money. With the right understanding of money, the believer can escape the pull of serving money and instead use money to serve God. Which will you choose?
On Thursday, we learnt to look up from sin consciousness to righteousness consciousness. We were reminded that anyone who believes in the Gospel, is saved from sin, death, and destruction (John 3:16, Romans 3:23-24). This means sin has no power over us (Romans 6: 1-14) as our nature is changed and God’s Spirit within us teaches us to walk in the right way. In light of this, we lay aside every weight, look to Jesus and run the race before us! (Hebrews 12: 1-2).
We rounded up the week with a reminder on how our new identity in Christ sets us apart from the word not just in our confessions but also in our lifestyles. As believers, we are the salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14) and so rather than emulate the prevalent culture which is contrary to the will of God, we should be discerning, exposing the works of darkness and be separated from the world (Ephesians 5:8-11) .
Like the plea of Apostle Paul in the anchor verse, we implore you to resist the devil in your consistent devotion in the study of the word of God and prayer. Then you will find that your righteousness consciousness is strengthened and you are equipped to choose God over all else.
Bible Reading Plan: John 8:21-30, 2 Peter 2:17-22, Job 5, Ezekiel 16.