Take Up, Hold Up

Ephesians 6:16 – above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  The fourth piece of armor Paul discusses in Ephesians 6 is the shield of faith. In ancient warfare, arrows on fire were launched in great numbers as a battle tactic, causing…

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…

Not Easy, Not Fair

1 Samuel 30:6 (NKJV) – Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. David had hit rock bottom. Life was not easy for David. Though anointed the next king of…

Matter of Choice

John 6:5 (NKJV) – Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” A great multitude followed Him. Jesus always had a great many who followed Him, though for different reasons. Some followed Him to listen to Him, some for the…

Sink or Walk?

Matthew 14:31 (NKJV) – And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus sent His disciples in the boat. The disciples had just witnessed one of the most stupendous miracles where Jesus fed five thousand people with just five loaves of barley and two…

The Battle Cry

1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV) – David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. The battle lines were drawn! The daily cry of the philistine giant “this day I defy the…

Question God?

Habakkuk 1:2-3 – How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Have you been there? Asking questions, wondering…

On Whose Side Are You Leaning On?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Solomon who had found God to be worthy of being trusted is advising his son to live a life of trust in Yahweh. “The word…

More Than Able

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. As we look around and are often overwhelmed by all that is happening, the Word of God reminds us to trust Him, to lean on His…