Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement: a directive/s issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy. I want to apply this to the spiritual battle all born-anew, followers of Christ engage in on a daily basis. Let's answer several¬†FAQ's! Why is this battle raging? When will it end? What is my defense? What are my weapons? Because your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.¬†1 Peter 5.8 Truthfully? When we die and go to heaven!¬†No more curse! The Word. The Word. The Word. After Jesus' baptism and before He began His earthly ministry, He went into the mountainous desert places surrounding the city and there He was tempted by the devil for forty days. His defense? He quoted scripture. You can read exactly what Jesus said to Satan¬†here. Here's where we can get excited because our God has armed us well! Every morning after we brush our teeth and comb our hair we get dressed, right? The best-dressed believer adds these items every day to their outfit! The belt of Truth -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The breastplate of Righteousness -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The shoes of … [Read more...]

Isaiah 32:17

The work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance forever. … [Read more...]

The Courage to Remain

It isn't always easy to do what is right.¬† Not one person across the globe has intentionally said "I am always going to do what is wrong." Yet each decision that we make falls into one of the following categories, right decision and wrong decision.¬† That right and wrong aren't just any old right and wrong, but instead they are the right and wrong from the perspective of One who is truly able to judge.¬† This One has the best interest of everyone involved in every situation and so when He looks at a thing and judges,.He judges wisely and righteously. I'm sure that by now, because of all the capital "H's" you were able to figure out who He is, but in knowing whom He is there may be a bit of apprehension.¬† You may be thinking, "How am I supposed to make decisions that God would see as being right?"¬† Well, there is a way to measure the decisions that are being made.¬† Just like in this world that we live in there are laws that set standards and tell a person if they are making a right decision or a wrong decision.¬† There are also spiritual laws that govern the decisions that we make.¬† Those laws are found in the bible. This morning, I am amazed by the Lord, His infinite wisdom, and … [Read more...]

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 6 Dangerous Promises 1 My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth. 3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend. 4 Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids. 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler. The Folly of Indolence 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep‚ÄĒ 11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. The Wicked Man 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; 13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; 14 Perversity is in his heart, He … [Read more...]

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