Devotional

Combat Ready Devotional #10

As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, 

and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king

Psalm 91:1

Shadow of The Lord

This Psalm goes on to say that those who stay in God’s protective shadow will be rescued by God and God will protect them. Part of this Psalm is even quoted in the New Testament. But it’s not all about God. It’s about what we must do.

Isn’t it nice to sit in a shadow during a hot day? You can’t sit in the same spot the whole time though. You must move with the shadow. This is what the Psalmist is saying. We must rest in the Lord’s shadow and be aware when it moves. God’s shadow won’t be in the same place all the time. Go where God is. Seek Him out. That means we can’t focus on what we want, we must focus on where God is.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional # 9

Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed!  Do not envy evildoers!For they will quickly dry up like grass, and wither away like plants.

Trust in the Lord and do what is right!

Settle in the land and maintain your integrity!

Psalm 37:1-3

Trust in The Lord

We see it every day; people who don’t love God succeed in every thing they do. They are very successful on the outside but we never see the turmoil in their hearts. Just because we fail at something doesn’t mean God isn’t with us. Just because someone else succeeds doesn’t mean God is with them.

Trust in the Lord and do what is right. Don’t worry about the riches of this world because there are far better riches in heaven. Don’t worry about how the wicked men and women prosper. Only worry about doing the right thing and living inside God’s will.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional # 8

It is not because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the Lord favored and chose you – for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples. Rather it is because of his love for you and his faithfulness to the promise he solemnly vowed to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with great power, redeeming you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So realize that the Lord your God is the true God, the faithful God who keeps covenant faithfully with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, but who pays back those who hate him as they deserve and destroys them. He will not ignore those who hate him but will repay them as they deserve. So keep the commandments, statutes, and ordinances that I today am commanding you to do.

Deuteronomy 7:7-11

The One True God

The ancestors referred to here are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As Christians, we are also descendants of Abraham (Galatians 3:29), so this promise is for us too. Of course God didn’t bring us out of Egypt and, no, we aren’t heirs to the land of Israel. But we are heirs to God’s faithfulness.

God loved us first (John 3:16) and has been faithful with His plan of salvation. He loved us while we were sinners (Romans 5:8). Only the One True God can do this. He is faithful to us. All He asks us in return is to keep His commandments. Ask yourself right now, ‘Am I living according to God’s purpose?’ ‘Am I keeping God’s commandments?’


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional #7

When the people saw that Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said to him, “Get up, make us gods that will go before us. As for this fellow Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him!”

Exodus 32:1

Wait on The Lord

And Aaron complied with the people. He made a golden calf. The people worshipped the calf and made it their god. The real God got angry, Moses interceded, and Aaron made an excuse (I put the gold in the fire and out came this calf).

Oh, how easy it is to do it our way when we get tired of waiting on God. We think God has abandoned us so we take it upon ourselves to proceed without Him. If God doesn’t give us what we want—He must not exist then and we will go about on our own. That’s how many people think.

The Bible doesn’t teach us to do things on our own and disregard what God wants. The Bible is filled with stories of patience, probably one of the hardest things to do. Be patient and wait for The Lord. I promise you His plans are better than yours.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional #6

“I will send my terror before you, and I will destroy all the people whom you encounter; I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. I will send hornets before you that will drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite before you.”

Exodus 23:27, 28

This is one of the major promises God gave to Israel after they left Egypt and before they came in to the Promised Land. Like the rest of His promises, this one was conditional. The Israelites had to obey God’s commands and not worship the gods of the inhabitants of the land (verses 22-24). Unfortunately, Israel didn’t uphold their end. Although, God did help them push out the inhabitants on a couple of occasions, it didn’t go as planned.

This may seem like genocide and completely against who God is. Our God is a God of love. But with love comes justice. The people of the land had fully rejected their Creator and now was the time for them to be judged. The same thing will happen at the end of time for the rest of the world.

God doesn’t promise us today to wipe out entire populations. When He sees fit, He will push back our enemies from harming us. He will make things easy for us, sometimes. Sometimes we must go through our own desert experience to discipline us and eliminate our bad habits and sins. You may be in the desert now but God has a promised land waiting just for you. Just be patient and allow Him to lead.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional #5

And now, if you will diligently listen to me and keep my covenant, then you will be my special possession out of all the nations, for all the earth is mine, and you will be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you will speak to the Israelites.”

Exodus  19:5, 6

A Holy Nation

God wanted the nation of Israel to be Holy and follow God’s plan for them. All they had to do is keep the words of His covenant. Which, obviously, was very hard for them to do since they really didn’t keep it. But, I thank God for His grace that He showed to them and to us.

Today, we aren’t living under the Old Covenant anymore. We live under the New. We don’t have to sacrifice animals anymore for forgiveness of sins. Jesus has already shed His blood for us. He has written His law on our hearts. But, God still wants us to keep His words. He wants us to live them out. He wants us to love others as He has loved us. He still wants us to keep His covenant. And, by doing so we too will become a holy people and a kingdom of Priests.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional #4

Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, because it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’”

Exodus 14:12

Serve The LORD

The Israelites had a narrow vision. They didn’t see what God saw. They were happy being servants in Egypt, at least they had all the food they can eat and all the water and wine they can drink. Life wasn’t too bad for them, or so they thought. They didn’t want to go through the process of God eliminating their bad habits so they can serve Him instead of Egypt. They didn’t want to be a holy nation. They didn’t want God so God allowed them to die in the desert.

God has great plans for you even though you can’t see it. To realize these plans you have to be torn away from serving the wrong master. This is a painful experience. It’s easy to see why the Israelites complained. We want the best of what this world has to offer. But, God wants to offer you the best of the next world. To get that, you must put aside everything that gets in the way of you serving Him alone. Don’t look back. Trust in God.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional # 3

Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron in the night and said, “Get up, get out from among my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, serve the Lord as you have requested! Also, take your flocks and your herds, just as you have requested, and leave. But bless me also.” The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, and they gave them whatever they wanted,and so they plundered Egypt.

Exodus 21:31, 32, 36

This is what Pharaoh, ruler over all of Egypt, told Moses after the tenth and last plague that killed his eldest son. The Egyptians forced the Israelites out of their land. Essentially bribing them with all of their jewels and goods for them to leave immediately. This was God’s plan all along. He had hardened Pharaoh’s heart during the previous nine plagues so He can show off His awesome power. So the Israelites and all the world will know that He is the One True God.

Israel had to suffer through some of the same plagues the Egyptians did. But, they made it through. In your life you may be going through some personal plagues. It may be at work, school, or at home. Be like the Israelites and patiently wait through it. In the end, you will be blessed for what you went through. You will be richer too. You may not be financially richer but you will be spiritually richer. Allow God to work His miracles in your life. Wait for His plan to come together not your own plans.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or go anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional # 2

Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”

Genesis 2:16, 17

Run Away

Why are temptations so tempting? God gave all this great stuff to Adam and Eve and only had one rule: don’t eat from one single tree. That sounds like an easy rule to follow. There are plenty of other trees to eat from. Plenty of other things to do. Plenty of exploring to do. Why even bother looking or going near the forbidden tree. Why are we drawn to what we don’t need?

In this Bible story it is satan or the devil who is the one who draws Adam and Eve into temptation. They didn’t have to fall in to it but they did anyways. We too are drawn in to temptations by the devil. Being tempted is not a sin. We don’t have to be ashamed of being tempted because everyone is, even Jesus was tempted. The sin is falling to that temptation.

The next time you are being tempted by something call it what it is; a temptation. Do what Adam and Eve didn’t do; call out to Jesus for help. Run away as fast as you can. Flee from the devil and temptation and you will be safe.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or anywhere else books are sold.

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Combat Ready Devotional #1

“After this Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, lest anything worse happen to you.’”

John 5:14

 

One thing that Jesus loved to do was to heal people. He did it everywhere he went, even in Jerusalem. On this occasion He healed a man who had been disabled for 38 years. He wanted to be well but didn’t have anyone to help him. And then along came Jesus and turned his world upside down.

After healing the man Jesus made sure to tell him to sin no more. Jesus requires the same thing of us once He heals us. He wants us to change our lives and wants us to sin no more. That means we can’t live our lives for ourselves anymore. We must change our selfish ways into unselfish ways. Live your life today for the Kingdom of God and do a good deed for someone else without expecting anything in return.


This is an excerpt from the upcoming companion devotional to Combat Ready. These devotionals are not in the same order as they will appear in the printed book and may not be in the final form. To read more devotionals click here. To purchase the original book, Combat Ready, click here or anywhere else books are sold.

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