Category Archives: spiritual warfare

crowd confidence

Isaiah 31:1-4 1 Oy! Those who go down Egypt way for help! They count on horses and trust in chariots because there are so many, and in horsemen because they are very numerous, but they do not put confidence in … Continue reading

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critics of the rescue

Matthew 12:22-26 22 Then a blind and mute demonized man who was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the mute man could speak and see. 23 And all the people were astounded, and said, “Could this be … Continue reading

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false visions and divination

Ezekiel 13 The problem was more than simply people saying what they wanted to say.  Ezekiel was addressing full blown animism – folk religion among the people of God.  The false visions came from unclean spirits, and the magic bands … Continue reading

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gray hairs

Hosea 6-7 Ephraim is described as “gray hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not.”   He has lost the strength of his youth, but does not yet realize it.  It is very easy to let one’s spiritual life … Continue reading

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three prayers

Psalm 144 David prayed for three things with no reservation or feeling of shame: rescue from the plots of his enemies, growth of the LORD’s kingdom among men, and prosperity for the righteous.  May our prayers reflect the same reliance … Continue reading

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fighting for the right reason

Psalm 60 Why are we fighting our battles?  Is it for self-preservation?  Wrong answer.  We fight our battles because the territory we fight for belongs to our God.  He owns not only our own lives, but also the lives of … Continue reading

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incomplete victory

2 Kings 3 The combined armies of Israel, Judah and Edom accomplish all that Elisha predicts, but stops short of eliminating Moab altogether. It appears that the Moabite king’s sacrifice of his oldest son changes things.  We must be careful … Continue reading

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emotions and the Spirit

Judges 15 Rarely does the Holy Spirit work in our lives without an accompanying passion.  For Samuel, his anger over being betrayed by his would-be father-in-law set the stage for a miracle.  He picked up a fresh jawbone of a … Continue reading

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sin, bondage, warfare, rest

Judges 3:7-31 The cycle was sin, bondage, warfare, rest for a number of years, and then sin again.  God raised up warriors who executed his judgment upon the oppressors, but it was the idolatry of the people that caused the … Continue reading

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the future of overcomers (1)

Revelation 2. Christ does not promise a future for mere attenders . He required his churches to produce overcomers.  Each church had a danger that it faced. For those within these four churches who overcame – Christ had special promises: … Continue reading

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