Full Armor–Shoes of Readiness and Peace–Various Verses

This is the most challenging piece of armor for me.  I have no issue with the readiness of the gospel. Romans 1:16 says I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of God unto salvation for anyone that believes.  So being ready to share the message of hope and peace is aContinue reading “Full Armor–Shoes of Readiness and Peace–Various Verses”

Armor of God–Breastplate of Righteousness Eph 6, Isaiah 59

When looking at the Full Armor of God, there is nothing more uplifting and encouraging than the Breastplate of righteousness.  The Father armed Himself with the same breastplate as he set out to restore truth and justice to Israel in Isaiah 59.  Our righteousness covers our most vital parts.  In 1 Peter 5, Peter remindsContinue reading “Armor of God–Breastplate of Righteousness Eph 6, Isaiah 59”

Armor of God,Belt of Truth–Galatians 6

When we discuss Spiritual Warfare, the idea of the heavenly realms being at war seems a little like a fantasy novel.  The truth is the war between God and our enemy has gone on since the dawn of time.  We serve the Risen victor and master of the Universe.  As we go into battle though,Continue reading “Armor of God,Belt of Truth–Galatians 6”

The Full Armor of God–Vigilance, Various Verses

There is little doubt that in spiritual war, one must be prepared for every eventuality.  Paul had been arrested, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, and snake bit. Still, he literally continued to share the Gospel until he was executed by Nero.  One of the dangers of walking with the Lord is the tendency to get comfortable orContinue reading “The Full Armor of God–Vigilance, Various Verses”

Attention–It’s time to Discuss Spiritual Warfare–various Verses

Spiritual warfare is as real as anything we see in the physical world.  We often forget that the trials, temptations, and challenges in life, while temporal in nature, can have long-range spiritual implications for us and those we love.  Paul knew that as well. That is why in his letters Paul challenged the people to standContinue reading “Attention–It’s time to Discuss Spiritual Warfare–various Verses”

Fruit of the Spirit–Self Control–The way to Win the War

As we wrap up the series on the fruit of the Spirit, We look finally at the fruit of Self-Discipline.  It seems almost like an oxymoron to discuss the Spirit’s power to make us people that control ourselves.  But the truth is that our ability to live the disciplined life is a true testament to God’sContinue reading “Fruit of the Spirit–Self Control–The way to Win the War”

Fruit of the Spirit, Faithfulness–Faith Hall of Fame

Great is they faithfulness is one of my favorites and probably one of Christians far and wide favorite hymns.  It is impossible to express how incredible it is to serve a God that remains faithful no matter our actions. We, who remain faithful can count upon God not only meeting His covenant, but to farContinue reading “Fruit of the Spirit, Faithfulness–Faith Hall of Fame”

Fruit of the Spirit–Faithfulness–Esther

The Story of Esther is a great story of faithfulness.  It articulates God’s faithfulness to His people, It articulates Mordecai’s faithfulness to God, his niece, and the chosen people of Israel. Finally, it shows Esther’s faithfulness to her uncle, to God, to Israel, and to her husband the King.  Esther is the only book ofContinue reading “Fruit of the Spirit–Faithfulness–Esther”

Fruit of the Spirit, Faithfulness–Daniel and Friends

Remaining faithful through difficult times is the challenge God’s people have always faced.  As we read through His word, there is no better picture of consistent faithfulness than in the story of Daniel and his friends.  The Book of Daniel is filled with examples of God’s people being asked to compromise their commitment to GodContinue reading “Fruit of the Spirit, Faithfulness–Daniel and Friends”