10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Eph. 6:10-11) The old joke goes something like this: There are those who make things happen. There are those who see things happen. There are thoseContinue reading “Spiritual Warfare in the time of coronavirus”
I have returned to a devotional book reflecting on the writings of early church fathers and monks. Spiritual giants. It is a slow walk because every paragraph, at times, causes me to stop and catch my spiritual breath.
So, gear up. The battle rages. It is constant. You will not become weary. Christ is your strength.
Prayerlessness in the body of Christ is akin to leprosy. I learned some things about leprosy from Paul Brand, a surgeon to lepers. He says that in leprosy the nerves stop functioning properly, no longer sending signals of pain to the brain. Lepers will begin to lose fingers and toes in accidents because they cannotContinue reading “Spiritual leprosy”
Too many prayers are abandoned far too quickly.
The promises the Lord gives are powerful. The enemy wants those promises undelivered so he battles.
I am meditating through the temptation of Jesus in Luke 4 again. I am continually challenged with the thought of Jesus being full of the Spirit, then led BY the Spirit into spiritual battle. We pray for spiritual power, but we don’t want the battles. Miracles don’t happen in calm times. Jesus didn’t walk onContinue reading “Spiritual power”
I am prayerfully walking through 2 Samuel now as I look at spiritual warfare. In Chapter 23 there is the story of David’s mighty men. Amazing heroes who would go the distance for David. They caught his heart, loved him, and would battle anyone anywhere on his behalf. I think of that and am deeplyContinue reading “David’s Mighty Men”
“Kids stories” are the best stories. I can remember them. The details may get more full as we grow older, but if I heard a Bible story as a kid, I can remember the basics. David and Goliath is such a main stay. And then to have it told in King James English… even better.Continue reading “David and Goliath”
My journey in prayer and Scripture currently has me reading prayerfully through the Old Testament narratives beginning in 1 Samuel. The prayerful journey is to think in terms of spiritual warfare. 1 Samuel 14 is a story that draws me because of the contrast between Jonathan and Saul. I remember youth speakers really embellishing thisContinue reading “Crazy faith and foolishness”