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…

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…

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…

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…

Only When

Luke 5:5-6 (NKJV) But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. Now Simon a veteran fisherman had just returned…

Choose to Remember

Psalm 106:7 (NKJV) – Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, but rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea. The psalmist in the above verse is confessing the sin of the entire Israelite nation. The Lord had brought His people out of Egypt with many…

Choose to Stand

Isaiah 43:17-18 – “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? Lord as into this new year I step My heart is heavy, my feet are cold. I, Lord, tend to worry and to…

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…