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I’m writing this before we have a winner for the 2016 presidential race…

Pleas often fall on deaf ears; exhortations tend to stir and rally people.  We need a fresh, new movement of people who will exhort one another to something far more important and much bigger than ourselves — a unified country.

I realize that seems impossible, but it is possible to have a majority of people agree to be unified around a basic set of principles if we’ll choose to continually do what’s right.

Yes, we must maintain our personal, strong convictions; yes, we see the world differently in so many cases.

But let this truth resound: only a very immature person will attack another for his or her beliefs, instead of patiently listening to the reason for those beliefs, respecting those beliefs, and making a rational appeal for the other to change those beliefs.

Mature people can agree to disagree, agreeably.  And this is the exhortation we all must give to each other: be mature; be respectful; listen and stop attacking those you disagree with!

I believe the majority of us understand that a divided nation — full of rancor and strife — serves no good purpose.

Accordingly, let’s move forward with an agreement to honor people and their opinions; let’s agree on freedom of speech; let’s agree that we cannot have any racial animosity towards each other — no discrimination against Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, or Asians.

Let’s agree that hatred for people is never acceptable; let’s agree that when we criticize others, we are not free of error in our own lives.

It’s time for a reset in our national life and work together to make our nation a better nation, in every way.

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HOW TO PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD: EPHESIANS 6:10-18

Pastor Brad Matthew Abley, M.Div.

 

BECAUSE MY MIND NEEDS RENEWING EVERY DAY AND BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO LIE TO ME ABOUT WHO I AM IN CHRIST:

“Today I choose, Lord, to be strong in You and in the strength of Your might.  I put on the full armor of God, that I may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

“For my fight is not against people, but it’s against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness; against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

“Therefore, I take up the full armor of God that I may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

“I stand firm therefore, having girded my loins with truth.  I gird my loins with the truth that I’m your son (daughter); that I’m a man (woman) of God, an ambassador for Christ, a minister of reconciliation.

“I thank You that You love me; that Your hand rests upon me for good; that You never leave me or forsake me, even in trials that You use for my growth in Christ.  I gird my loins with the truth that “I’ve been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ who lives within me.

“And the life that I now live I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  Lord Jesus, I was buried with you in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.

“Therefore I consider myself to be dead to sin (name the sins you struggle with), but alive to God through Christ Jesus.”  I thank You for Your grace, for Your mercy and for Your favor which rests upon me.  You are for me and not against me; You plan for my success and not my defeat.

“And I agree with You that because You are holy, I am to be holy today.  Please fill me with Your Spirit and help me to walk in Your holiness, at all times today, in Jesus’ name.”

BECAUSE THE BATTLE IS ALSO FOR MY EMOTIONS:

“I put on the breastplate of righteousness now Lord and thank You Lord Jesus that You are my breastplate and You are my righteousness; You have declared me to be righteous in Your sight and worthy before You.

“Help me to walk now in Your truth and righteousness at all times.  Please protect my emotions today.  I come against and take authority over… (name whatever the enemy attacks you with or whatever tempts you or that you struggle with: e.g. strife, heaviness, oppression, pride, a critical spirit, discouragement, discontentment, lust, fantasy, etc.  Do it boldly, recognizing your authority as a believer).

For example: “I take authority now over every spirit of strife that would come against me; I bind fear of _______…I bind the lies that I’m not ___________; I bind accusations against me from the accuser of the brethren…I take authority over discontentment and choose to walk in Your contentment.”

BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO STEAL OUR PEACE AND JOY:

“Father, I shod my feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…Thank You that You are my peace and my joy; fill me now with Your Spirit and help me to abide in Your peace, in Your joy, in Your love and in the power of the Holy Spirit at all times — no matter what the difficulties or circumstances!”

BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO BRING DOUBT:

“Father, in addition to all that I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the fiery-tipped arrows of the evil one — for You are my shield and You are my faith.

“Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me; You’re my glory and the lifter of my head.  Help me today to be full of faith and full of the Holy Spirit; help me to walk by faith and not by sight or emotions — in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

“Help me to trust You, to rest joyfully in You; to be settled, surrendered and submitted to You; to be persevering and confident in You and discerning at all times.”

BECAUSE THE BATTLE IS FOR THE MIND:

“Father, I put on the helmet of salvation and I ask You to protect my mind and my thoughts; help me to think like You, to act like You and to respond like You at all times, in the name of Jesus.  Let my mind be off limits and impenetrable by the devil.”

BECAUSE OF MY NEED TO BE BOLD IN THIS BATTLE AND TO SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST MY ENEMIES:

“Father, I take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and I ask You to help me to speak Your word with all boldness, authority and power, quickly against the devil, in the name of Jesus.

Friends, years ago — after having taught on how to put on the full armor of God — I was asked to put down on paper the prayer I led the people in — the example I gave of how I put on the armor of God each morning.

This prayer is the result.  May the Lord use it greatly in your life, in Jesus’ name!

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It is my great honor and privilege to announce to you — Facebook and Twitter friends — that beginning this Sunday evening, I’ll be teaching God’s Word to the entire continent of Africa on Voice of Hope, Africa! http://www.voiceofhope.com/

The broadcast is one-half hour each Sunday night.  Because it’s fairly rare in Africa to get verse-by-verse teaching, my focus will be to do just that: the first several broadcasts will be through various Psalms, to help people to have a deeper devotional life through the Psalms.

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Lord willing, my next approach will be to teach through 1 Thessalonians.

I began to pray about teaching God’s Word on the radio 20 years ago, and had a sense that this was something the Lord wanted me to pray through.  Though it has taken 20 years, I never could have imagined being able to reach all of Africa!

In God’s timing and providence, I can see His wisdom: First, teaching, training and mentoring pastors in Kenya, with six trips there since January, 2014.  From this, the Lord gave me a great love and heart for Africans.

Once the first broadcast airs, it should appear each week on Voice of Hope website, but you can also listen here, on my personal teaching website (you can watch my video teachings as well): http://pastorbradabley.weebly.com/

Thank you for sharing my joy with me!

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