Through Christ Alone

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:14b – Having put on the breastplate of righteousness:  Paul recognizes the important need to have our spiritual vitals covered in righteousness.  The Roman soldier’s breastplate could be metal, adhering to the shape of the body or like a chain mail and leather. A soldier could not fight effectively fight without…

Battle Ready

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:14a – Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth Strictly, the belt is not part of the armor.  And yet, the belt was no mere adornment of the Roman soldier, but an essential part of his equipment. The belt played a crucial role in the effectiveness of soldier’s armor. It…

The Real Enemy

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:12-13 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having…

Call to Action

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  As Paul finishes his letter to the Ephesians, he thinks of the greatest struggle that is before them and wants to prepare them, with spiritual strength and courage. As…

Increasing Strength

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Having carefully established our place in Jesus and the basics of our Christian faith, Paul now says, finally, my brethren. Paul has established the facts of what God has done for us, and so…

Divine Possession

Isaiah 43:1 – But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you….

Hang On, Keep On!

Revelation 3:21 – To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. The dictionary meaning of ‘perseverance’ is continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition, obstacles and setbacks. Perseverance is not giving…

A Well-Watered Soul

Psalm 1:3 (NIV) That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. What a refreshing picture. Fresh lush green leaves on a tree laden with much fruit. The Psalmist here likens man to a tree. He draws up…

The Battle Is Not Yours

2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV) – …This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. When battles of life overwhelm you And each day brings challenges anew When the pain and distress Often makes absolutely no sense Be still my soul Know…

The Habit Of – ‘Why Me Lord?’

Job 2:10 (ESV): But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil? ‘Why me Lord?’ We have all asked this question at some point in life. But the question today is when do you ask this question? When life…