Our Noses

Thank You, Lord, for giving us the desire to have a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. Empower us to have the fragrance of Christ within, an aroma to both the saved and unsaved around us. To those who are not saved we seem a fearful smell of death and doom, while to those who know Christ, we are a life-giving perfume (see II Corinthians 2:15).

Our Mouths

Set a watch, O Lord, before our mouths, and keep the door of our lips (see Psalms 141:3). We pray we will long for Your Words, dear Father, so that we may know what to say to all these weary ones (see Isaiah 50:4). Thank You for granting us boldness in sharing (see Acts 4:29); help us to make known the mystery of the Gospel (see Ephesians 6:19). May we use the many opportunities You give us to share the Good News of Christ; help us tell it freely, fully and plainly, never veering from the truth. We pray that we will allow You to grant us conversation that is gracious and sensible, so that we will have the right answer for ourselves and for others (see Col 4:3-6). In all that we do and say, may we desire to represent the Lord Jesus (see Colossians 3:17).

May we call on Your power, Lord, so that we may refrain from complaining and arguing (see Philippians 2:14, 15). Remind us not to use bad language, but to say only what is good and helpful to those we are talking to, to say what will bring a blessing (see Ephesians 4:29). Dirty stories, foul talk, and course jesting are not for us (see Ephesians 5:4).

We pray that we will talk to each other much about You, Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing songs, making music together in our hearts to You (see Ephesians 5:19).

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our rock and our Redeemer (see Psalms 19:4).

Lord, we claim Your promise to give us a clear and pure speech from purified lips so that all of us in our family may call upon Your name, Lord, to serve You shoulder to shoulder (see Zephaniah 3:9).

Our Hearts

Dear Father, thank You for helping us understand that we must obey Your command to love You with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might (see Deuteronomy 6:5), so that our hearts may be filled with You alone to make us pure and true (see James 4:8). Give us the desire to seek godly wisdom and understanding (see Proverbs 2:1-6).

Thank You for Your promise: “A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances, and do them” (see Ezekial 36:26, 27). Thank You for blessing us with such a burning desire for a clean heart, O God, and for renewing a right, persevering and steadfast spirit within us (see Psalms 51:10). We want to hear Your warning, Lord, not to harden our hearts (see Psalm 95:8), for You desire to make our hearts soft (see Job 23:16).

May we let You, Lord, keep our hearts pure with all diligence, for out of the heart are the issues of life (see Proverbs 4:23). We need Your strength to flee from the temptation of lust, for a good man produces good deeds from a good heart, and a wicked man produces evil deeds from his hidden wickedness. Whatever is in our heart overflows into our speech (see Luke 6:45). May we be sin sensitive in every area of our lives every day. May we worship and serve You with a clean heart and willing mind, Lord, for You see our hearts and know our every thought (see I Chronicles 28:9)

We pray that we will let the peace of God rule in our hearts (see Colossians 3:15) and that we will let You, Christ, be more and more at home in our hearts, living within us as we trust in You. May our roots go down deep into the soil of Your marvelous love; may we be able to feel and understand how long, how wide, how deep and how high Your love really is and to experience this love ourselves, though it is so great that we will never see the end of it. And so at last, God, we will be filled up with You (see Ephesians 3:17-19).

Lord, we desire to be clean, for You enable the righteous to be glad; You let them be in high spirits before God, yes, You let them jubilantly rejoice (see Psalms 68:30)! For Your eyes, Lord are upon the righteous, and Your ears are attentive to their prayers (see I Peter 3:12).

Our Bones and Bodies

We pray that we may truly give our bodies to You, God, letting them be living sacrifices – holy – the kind You can accept. When we think of what You have done for us, how can that be too much to ask? (see Romans 12:1). Lord, may we not be anxious for our lives, as to what we shall eat, or for our bodies, as to what we shall wear (see Luke 12:22). Lord, we desire to do what Paul did, to buffet our bodies, training them to do what they should do and not what they desire, so that as we enlist others for the race, we ourselves may not be disqualified (see I Corinthians 9:27).

Lord, may we trust You with all our hearts, leaning not on our understanding. May we acknowledge You in all our ways, so that You can make our paths straight. We pray to be not wise in our own eyes, but to fear You and turn away from evil, which will result in healing to our bodies and refreshment to our bones (see Proverbs 3:5-8). Because jealousy and strife are rottenness in our bones, we pray for a tranquil heart, which is life to the body (see Proverbs 14:30).

Armor of God – The Belt of Truth

As followers of Christ, we face a powerful enemy and cannot overcome him in our own power or with our own skills. Instead, our Lord has equipped us with weapons for the battle sufficient to wage and win it. Defensive weapons are designed to protect us from the attacks of our adversary. Offensive weapons are designed to spread the kingdom of God from our communities throughout the world.

Paul, while in prison for his faith, examined the armor of Roman legionaries during his life in the Roman Empire. With the knowledge of the spiritual battles we face day after day, he brings to life the visual and understanding that we need to be equipped with the power of God to stand firm.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.


Ephesians 6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…

The roman soldiers belt was known as “The sword belt.” It played a crucial role in the effectiveness of a roman soldier’s armor. The belt was the place for a soldier to carry his sword. Imagine an overzealous soldier, charged for battle, runs to the battlefield, but then realizes he forgot his belt, consequently holding his weapon!

How do we use the belt of truth?
The belt of truth is the central piece of armor that we need when going into daily battle, it holds the essentials for success.  Truth should be securely buckled around our soul; it should be the source that holds us up. The belt was the first thing that the soldier put on. As followers of Christ, truth is the first thing we need in order to stand a faithful walk. Truth should cleave to us as a belt cleaves to our body. The more we know the truth the easier it will be to see the false.

Psalm 25:4-5
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalms 40:11
Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.

Psalms 45:4
In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.

John 17:15-18
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

The Armor of God

As followers of Christ, we face a powerful enemy and cannot overcome him in our own power or with our own skills. Instead, our Lord has equipped us with weapons for the battle sufficient to wage and win it. Defensive weapons are designed to protect us from the attacks of our adversary. Offensive weapons are designed to spread the kingdom of God from our communities throughout the world.

Paul, while in prison for his faith, examined the armor of Roman legionaries during his life in the Roman Empire. With the knowledge of the spiritual battles we face day after day, he brings to life the visual and understanding that we need to be equipped with the power of God to stand firm.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Armor of God – Breastplate of Righteousness

Ephesians 6:14 with the breastplate of righteousness in place

The breastplate was strapped to the soldier’s belt and was of course another crucial piece of armor protecting the torso which contains vital organs like the heart, lungs and so on. One swift blow with a dagger to the heart would take the life of a soldier within seconds. This piece of the armor was developed to be lightweight, combined with ease of movement and protection from blows.

How do we use the breastplate of righteousness?
Just as the roman soldier had to put on his belt first, then the breastplate, we too must dress in truth, allow truth to cleave to our core with the righteousness of God’s protection as we stand right before Him. Just as the roman soldier made every effort to protect the lifeblood of his heart, we too must protect our heart with righteousness. The enemy is constantly swinging daggers trying to reach the vital organs that produce life. We must protect them, without righteousness, we leave ourselves open for certain death.

Romans 6:18-23
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 119:172
May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.

Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Genesis 15:6
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Job 29:14
I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.

Psalms 5:8
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies– make straight your way before me.

Psalms 45:4
In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.

Armor of God – Feet Fitted with Readiness

Ephesians 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

The roman soldiers wore heavy-soled hob-nailed or spiked military boots. The boot was design to prevent blisters during forced marches, as well as other disabling foot conditions. Some historians credit the footwear as one of the greatest reasons why the Roman Army was so victorious over its enemies. The spikes on the soles provided them a strong stance and balance that gave them a superior posture in battle on hills and uneven terrain. The last thing a soldier wants is a damaged foot.

How do we prepare our feet with readiness of the gospel of peace?
We are called to go! We are sent by the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the Lord Almighty. Like the soldier, the last thing we need is damaged feet. To fit our feet with the readiness of the gospel of peace, means that we need to be prepared offensively and defensively to walk wherever our God calls us to carry and present the good news of God’s great peace.

Offensively this peace will help us stand with feet firmly planted on the Word of God. Defensively it will helps us stand unmoved by the devil’s threats and will protect us as we walk fearlessly through the rough, keeping us steady in the heat of a battle.

Romans 10:15
And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Luke 10:19-20
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Isaiah 9:6-7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Armor of God – Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 – In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Up until now, every piece of the armor was something the roman soldier wore. The belt, the breastplate, the shoes all held themselves on. The shield is something they must take up and actively guard them from attack. It was a long, rectangular, knees-to-chin shield, which protected from a barrage of arrows and spears.

How do we use the shield of faith?
The shield guards and deflects. The evil one is constantly hurling darts of all types towards us – doubts, insecurities, worry, lies, etc… The only time these darts can hit us is when we put our shields down, when we drop our shield of faith, when we stop believing that God is in control; that He is working everything out for the good; that whatever happens is for the ultimate glory to God. We must actively take up the shield of faith; believe in the promises of God, to deflect these otherwise deadly blows during battle.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It involves trust, trusting in the evidence of God and seeing that God has proved Himself to be unchanging and consistent. Peter had faith to step out of the boat, walking on water toward Jesus, when he dropped his shield of faith he allowed the enemies flaming arrow of doubt and fear to sink him. We must take up our shield and rely on faith.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Matthew 14:28-31
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

Armor of God – Helmet of Salvation

Ephesians 6:17 – Take the helmet of salvation…

Roman soldiers had an advantage when came to protecting their heads. Most helmets were made from steel with a combination of brass that came down the back and sides of the neck. Officers’ helmets were decorated with horse hair (or other brush) that mounted on the top of the helmet and was worn as a special ceremonial helmet for parades. The roman helmet, like helmets of today, protect the vital part of the body, the head and mind.

How do we use the helmet of salvation?
Our salvation was freely given by a tremendous sacrifice, the ultimate and final sacrifice. Jesus Christ gave his life, taking on the sins of the world, for the sake of all people. Those who give their life to Jesus, who put their hope in the death and resurrection in God’s one and only son, will have an eternal life with God. Salvation is a gift; there is nothing we can do to earn eternal life with God. The helmet of salvation, the hope of our salvation, protects our thoughts from the enemy’s attacks and temptations to disobey God. Without the hope we have from salvation, the enemy can easily destroy our minds from the discouragement and despair of this world.

When we strap on the helmet of salvation, guard our minds with the security of knowing the source of our salvation, we can have the confidence of Paul who said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18 and “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21

John 3:16-17
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Romans 5:8-10
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?