Spiritual Warfare 10: Sword of the Spirit (Word of God)

Eph 6:17b (Take) …the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Here is a list of the components of God’s full armor: belt, breastplate, footwear, shield, and sword. The latter is the only offensive weapon. Imagine you and I having all our defensive gear in place. Belt, check. Footwear, check. Shield, check….

Spiritual Warfare 9: Weapons Training: Salvation

Eph 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation From David Guzik: —– According to Blue Letter Bible commentary author, David Guzik, “In the ancient world, this was a leather cap studded with metal for extra strength. Often some kind of plume or decoration was added, perhaps to identify the solider to his regiment. Salvation is pictured…

Spiritual Warfare 8: Weapons Training: Faith

Eph6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. According to Blue Letter Bible Commentary author, David Guzik, “The shield Paul describes is the large, oblong shield that could protect the whole body. In ancient warfare, these fiery darts…

Spiritual Warfare 7: Weapons Training: Gospel of Peace

This is a continuation of the previous six posts beginning with “Know Your Enemy”. Eph 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Paul gives us a visual of footwear as part of God’s full armor. Among apparel items, the one thing I would be willing to…

Spiritual Warfare 6: Weapons Training: Righteousness

This is a continuation of the previous five posts beginning with “Know Your Enemy”. Eph 6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place The breastplate protects the heart, liver, stomach, and the other vital organs that are necessary for life. The hands and…

Spiritual Warfare 5: Weapons Training: Truth

It takes only 1% dog poop to make pure foie gras impure. It takes just a little untruth to nullify Truth. Eph 14a Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist Once again, the immediate goal is to stand firm in the spiritual battle. GOD’S ARMOR COMPONENT: TRUTH represented by a…

Spiritual Warfare 4: The Full Armor of God

For Narnia fans, let’s take a look at the magnitude of the battle of good and evil as best depicted in human dimension in the movie, Chronicles of Narnia. The actual battle taking place in real time in the non-movie world has unseen dimensions. (But God in us empowering us is greater than Satan and…

Spiritual Warfare 3: War Strategy

(This post is a continuation of the preceding two posts.) I looked up military tactics to get a better understanding of the spiritual battle and learned this: Military tactics to defeat an enemy are merely the lowest of three levels of war planning. The proper sequence should be first, STRATEGY to accomplish objectives, then OPERATIONS…

Spiritual Warfare 2: Victory in the Lord

The preceding post, “Know Your Enemy” looks into the war that you and I are thrust in without having enlisted. It is a spiritual warfare ongoing. The enemy is not people but Satan and the powers of darkness in the heavenly realms. Satan is not the opposite of God, according to Pastor David Jeremiah (based…

Spiritual Warfare 1: Know Your Enemy

Do you feel like you have an enemy? Who do you think it is? Is it a family member? Neighbor? A (former) friend? One of the most important principles in a war is “know your enemy”. How do we win a war when the enemy is unknown and unlocated? Whether we know, like, believe it…

Do You Sometimes Feel Like A Prisoner?

There are times when it seems unfair that the array of response options I have now as a prisoner of Christ have been drastically reduced. These have been taken off the menu: a slipping expletive to amply express the degree of emotion, impeccably apt descriptions of “despicable” actions, putting people in their place the old…

God Has the Final Answer. Put Your Hope in God.

Have you been seeking to align yourself with God’s will but have been discouraged by what a person has said? Even a person who is your authority? Proverbs 21:1 NASB says The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. Can you picture that…

Q and A with a Woman Who’s Been There and Done That: Dawn Urquico

Here is a previous post on Dawn Urquico’s testimony of radical obedience, waiting for her then-prodigal husband who has since returned home and become a pastor: http://butterflyinthespring.com/2013/01/08/dawn-urquicos-testimony/ Gracious Dawn agreed to be interviewed. Sharing her answers with you: 1. How did you know that it is God’s will for your marriage to be restored? Is…

Heart Replacement

1 Kings 18:21 NIV Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”. In Matt 12:30 NIV, Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”…

Gripped By Incurable Heart Disease

Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV) 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? In the same chapter which says that cursed is man when he trusts in flesh but blessed is man when he trusts in the Lord, God reveals to us our heart disease: Our hearts are deceitful above…