The Unexpected Warrior

What do you think of when I say “warrior”? What do you see? Do you see a roughly cut man with bulging muscles, sweaty and dirty? How is he dressed? More importantly, what does God say about being his warrior? Does God mean me? I have found myself lately in a lot of turmoil. I am in the middle of a storm, a fight no doubt about it. As I read, Jesus continues to tell me to be “strong and courageous”. If I am totally honest with all of you there are times that I am tired of being strong …

Not On My Bucket List

Yesterday the guy who put in windows and gutters came back to the house. He needed to install a new screen and replace another one. He also needed to get up on the roof to check on the gutter and locate where it was leaking. Of course, my husband was up on the roof before I knew it. He was quickly joined by our installer and together they found and caulked the problem area. I can tell you right now I’ve never been on the roof of any house, nor do I plan to get up there. That’s not on …

FEAR: The Fight of A Warrior

      We have an enemy who desires to destroy our faith in Jesus. If he can’t destroy our faith, he will try to cause us to be ineffective. One of his chief weapons is fear. Fear renders us motionless. He knows that we can’t go forward in service to the Lord when we are crippled by fear.   Be wise and know what you are dealing with when you start to fear. Who is this enemy? John 12: 31-Satan, the ruler of this world, John 8: 44-a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because …

Faith in the Battle

  As Christians we have ways of combating the devil’s evil plans for making us miserable: We can humbly pray and ask God to let us resist the enemy. We can remember the promise God make to us that He wouldn’t put more on us than we can bear. We can put on the armor of God. “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the …

The Battlefield of the Mind

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2 I touched on this subject in my last devotional but I think it’s important, so I want to write about it in more detail. Yesterday I compared our minds to a battlefield and I quoted Paul in 2 Corinthians about taking our thoughts captive. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take …

Courage in the Battle

How do we move forward with courage into the spiritual battles we face? Going into any battle can be intimidating and scary. I honestly don’t know how our American soldiers do it, but I am so grateful for their courage and sacrifice. It is because of their bravery and diligence that we have the privilege of living in a free country. I admit that sometimes my first reaction to conflict or pain is to withdraw from it; to escape to a safer, more comfortable situation. But when it comes to spiritual matters we cannot afford to run from it or …

The Schemes of our Enemy

My precious sisters and brothers, we have an enemy. Are you familiar with his tactics? Satan is not a mythological being. He is very real. One of the strategies of any enemy is to remain hidden, because the element of surprise always gives the upper hand in battle. Our enemy is no different. He is strategic and skilled and he is hoping you aren’t paying attention. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family …

The Unseen Battle

Have you ever experienced a feeling of heaviness in your chest accompanied by a convincing feeling that God doesn’t love you or has abandoned you? Even though intellectually you know it isn’t true and you know that God promises He will never leave you or forsake you, it still feels very much like truth. That’s just one example of my own spiritual battle I often face. There are many more examples. Fear is another one I struggle with. Satan can have me so paralyzed with fear that I become convinced I’m worthless. One thing I’ve learned from my years as …

Don’t Drop Your Sword!

How seriously do you take prayer? For most Christians, prayer is merely a side-item to their “feel-good” faith; this is a sad and terrible travesty. Prayer is one of our most powerful weapons in offensive spiritual warfare. Most of us can say that we know the Scripture referencing our spiritual armor… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against …