Post Tagged as ‘Spiritual Warfare’
Should I Use Tough Love With My Spouse?
One fairly common truth that experience has proven over and over is that “tough love” usually bears rotten fruit! The model for our behavior should always be Jesus. How does He treat us when we are rebellious, willful, stubborn, uncaring, inconsiderate, uncooperative and unfaithful? He responds by loving us unconditionally, and forgiving every sin. He is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful! He showed His love by laying down His life for us. Tough love usually includes giving ultimatums, which result with a person calling the bluff and escalating their negative behavior. A definition for an ultimatum could […]Read More
The Scars You Receive As You Overcome Qualify You To Help Others!
What a revelation! I used to hide my life-scars in shame because they were so hideous. How about being divorced by my wife, the rejection I felt, how it hurt my wonderful wife and my children? What about the ugly pride I had struggling with self-esteem? What about a mind weakened by pornography? What about a lifestyle riddled with compromise? What about a little scared kid’s heart that wanted to run from reality? What about feelings I protected from pain so much, they became my idol? The scars these left behind are so repulsive to the world. POW! You know, […]Read More
Vigilance, Opposition and Perseverance
The Book of Nehemiah is a great book of the Bible for covenant keepers. It is a study of one man’s vision of what God wanted from him and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve that vision. It is a story of starting over, recovering from failure, winning favor with those in high places, overcoming shortages, enduring ridicule and lies, defying open hostility, winning cooperation from diverse groups and completing the vision. Nehemiah was a humble cup bearer (wine servant) to the King when he learned of the destruction of the walls of Jerusalem. He immediately spent several days in […]Read More
The Truth About Trials
An untried mind will not know what it can overcome. Persistence, patience and perseverance are required to know the footprint of character. Trials show us where we are, in the hands of chance or in the arms of Heaven Trials are not over when the troubles no longer exist, but when their lessons are no longer needed. Don’t brace against their inevitable force. Allow God to do His Jesus judo and use its weight against itself. Trials are only look big in comparison to us, not God. Look at the magnificence of God from heavens position and the trial […]Read More
Series 2 – Will I Stop Hurting?
Covenant Connection To develop an understanding of how God functions in covenant with us to take our hurting emotions and bitterness and replace them with His healing and forgiveness. Lesson Objectives List three requirements that are needed to receive emotional healing. Explain how the principle of agreement is needed to stop the hurt. State three ways to achieve victory in your thoughts. Identify three Biblical principles that will help you walk in love. Introduction The disappointments, rejection and unfulfilled expectations from a marriage breakup leave wounds that with time develop scabs of bitterness. Bitterness leaves an ugly scar in our […]Read More
One definition of perseverance is given as “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition.” Another describes it as “to finish what you start regardless of the obstacles that stand in the way.” Yet another definition states that perseverance is “not giving up.” Covenant Keeper standers are often viewed as being on display for everyone to watch and pass judgement on the quality of their perseverance. As leaders in the ministry effort we often feel that we are being watched and judged for our level of perseverance, too. Each of us could give examples of the […]Read More
New Year Encouragement
I remember every year on New Year’s Eve wondering if the new year would bring marriage restoration to our family. Would Rex ever change? Is next year the one where God would grab his heart and turn it around toward Him and make him see me as a changed woman? Why? Why, God, is this taking so long? Does this sound familiar? If it does let me share with you a few things I learned while traversing the restoration path: It’s not about you, your spouse or your marriage. It is about God’s image on earth. You see, God was […]Read More
Proverbs for Those Standing on God’s Promises Ephesians 6:14
Want to know something interesting? Standing for a righteous thing has the same elements regardless of what that thing is. I’m glad we have a one-size-fits-all-God for all of our needs. These are my proverbs, what are yours? God’s timing is the most overlooked part of a miracle. Coincidence is just God doing two things at once. You’ll never have a better opportunity to know God, than in an extended trial. God steps in when it is only Him-possible. There is no better place to be than in the center lane of God’s will – regardless of the situation. You […]Read More
How to Put on the Armor of God
Introduction When you have completed this lesson you should be able to: 1) Identify the true enemy who must be defeated. 2) State two benefits of wearing the whole Armor of God. 3) List the Armor of God. All of us understand the need for safety and protection in physical areas of our lives. Many employers provide special safety training. A major function of laws and of government is to provide for the safety and protection of our society. In order to function in the protection that society has provided, we must comply with the rules. For example, when […]Read More
What do you believe? Why? As we and many people around the globe start into the holiday season, do you wonder why we believe and observe holidays? Do you ever question your religious beliefs about the holidays? Consider the one coming this month during October. Ah, Halloween–the celebration of witches, ghouls, goblins and trick-or-treating. Did you know that present day Halloween started thousands of years ago in the land of the Celts (Ireland / Wales) Rural farmers knew they needed the sun to make their crops grow. As the days shortened in the fall they were afraid that winter would […]Read More