Battle Between Flesh and Spirit

Paul did not understand the war being waged in his heart after his dramatic experience on the road to Damascus. He wrote: “For we know the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want., I agree with the law it is good. So it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is in my flesh. For …

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 …

Battle For The Mind

      The Battle for Your Mind   Did you know that you are in a war? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you are. When you realize you are in a battle first you need to know who you are fighting against. Our enemy is the devil who Jesus says in John 10: 10 has come to steal, kill and destroy. As a child of God we are in a daily battle for our minds. In Ephesians 6: 12 Paul tells us “we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, …

Living in the Promised Land

      Living in the Promised Land   Shortly after seeing the mighty miracles of God the children of Israel desired to go back into captivity instead of continuing in the wilderness trusting God for the unknown. I think they get a bad rap sometimes because truly don’t you and I do the same thing? Captivity is comfortable, captivity is known, you know what to expect even when it is bad.  The enemy will use that fear and feed it to grow into unbelief and faithlessness. When we look at our circumstances only with our physical eyes we, like …

Pollen In the Air

Pollen IS IN THE AIR   Standing outside by the pond with Daddy waiting and watching for the great destroyer, known to some as the beaver, to make his return I was overtaken by a heavy fog that encompassed everything in its path. A huge swatch of yellow color came from the trees and swept over us, went across the pond and seemed to have no end in sight. It reminded me of a plague of locust swarming in the air from the movie Prince of Egypt. That image prompted my next thought… sin is like pollen. Sin comes at …

Pesky Mosquitoes Ants and Flies

  Pesky mosquitoes, ants and flies…   Sunshine and pleasant temperatures are ever so encouraging to spend more time outside.  Add in the time change giving us that extra hour of daylight and you have yourself a deal! I spend a lot of time outside with my two Dobermans, my Man and my Daddy. We enjoy fishing and riding around in the boat. Sometimes we like to stop and eat lunch at the picnic table or even on the boat. One thing is certain, the flies will find you. Drop one minuscule crumb and you have an immediate ant population …

Stand Firm and Secure the Victory

  1 Peter 5: 8-9 “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 of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”   The enemy is out there to make all Christians ineffective, each God fearing, God teaching church in turmoil and each family broken and hurting. To steal, kill and destroy. The enemy is alive and well and taking aim against each Christian individual, home, church, community and nation. I …

Keep Us Safe From the Evil One

“Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.” [Matthew [6:13]] DO NOT BRING US TO HARD TESTING Testing is a reality in Scripture, beginning with Adam and Eve. Even Jesus was tested. Immediately after his baptism, the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. (Matt 4:1) During this time of hard testing, Satan tempted Jesus with everything from food to power. Jesus defeated Satan with the first commandment: Then Jesus answered, “Go away, Satan! The scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’” Then the …

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 …

Battle Plan

About the same time I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, my friend was battling addiction. I sent her scriptures and stood in the gap and prayed, but it was too late. She was in a firestorm and under intense attack. Her only option was duck and cover. Life is a battlefield. If you are not armed, you will be harmed. Prepare in advance. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” HCSB Recognize the enemy of our soul is seeking to destroy us. He …

He Is Victorious

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John [16:33] Spiritual warfare has been a heavy topic for me to write about. However, it has been encouraging to see the thread of victory and redemption God has woven into Scripture. Jesus Himself said He has overcome the world! He has the ultimate victory. That should give us so much hope and joy. Of course it’s easy for me to write that. Living it out is a lot more challenging. …

Perseverance

  If you haven’t read the previous four devotionals, I encourage you to go back and read them. Today’s devotional is about perseverance, particularly as it relates to spiritual warfare. I don’t know about you, but living a life devoted to Jesus is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I can easily get off track, frustrated or weary. So perseverance has become an important aspect of my faith especially when faced with a spiritual battle. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines perseverance as “the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition”. Has your faith in Christ ever …