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Exodus 22-24; Psalm 109; Ephesians 6

See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. Pay close attention to him, and obey his instructions…But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you. For my angel will go before you. And I will destroy them completely.” Exodus 23:20-23 NLT

I am thankful to have a Father who goes before me and is always with me. Even when I mess up, He gives me grace.

Oh God, whom I praise, don’t stand silent and aloof while the wicked slander me and tell lies about me. They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason. I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them! They say, “Get an evil person to turn against him. Send an accuser to bring him to trial…But deal well with me, O Sovereign Lord, for the sake of your own reputation! Rescue me, because you are so faithful and good. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain. Help me, O Lord my God! Save me because of your unfailing love. Let them see that this is your doing, that you yourself have done it Lord.” Psalm 109 NLT

I can relate to David’s struggle. Am I fighting for my myself and my own reputation? Or am I asking God to fight for me? When I try and do it on my own, I am tired and weary. But, when I give it to God, He gets the glory in my life. Sometimes fear creeps in and the person I am battling with is myself.

My defenses come down and I am vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. I forget my identity in Christ. And the devil tries his best to render me ineffective for the kingdom. I read this from A Divine Encounter-”What Satan wants from me this Year….He wants me to live defeated and feel like I have nothing to offer in the world.”

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12 NLT

Dear Father, Thank you that in You, I already have the victory. Help me to live in that victory today and everyday. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

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Numbers 21; Psalms 60,61; Isaiah 10: 5-34; James 4

How many times do we turn to a close friend for help with our problems?  Ask advice, get feedback, seek wise counsel?  I bet that last one sounds real familiar doesn’t it?  Would we be wrong to go to a mentor or accountability partner for help with a problem?  I think not for we know that God wants us to encourage one another.  However, it’s when we look to man (friends, mentors, pastors) for answers to our problems without seeking God’s will first, that might keep us from seeing God’s victorious hand in our life.   Of course we should continue to seek wise counsel from those who will partner with us in prayer and petition, but not for victory in our battles. Only with God will we win against our enemies. I want victory.

Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 60:11-12

What does humbling yourself before the Lord look like? Do we need special clothing, the right songs, how about the size of church we go to?  Is it the version of Bible we read that humbles us before the Lord?  The ministries we serve in or the statuses we post on our social media pages?

How about this vision; standing naked before the Lord, not physically, but spiritually.  Striped of pride, anger and judgment of others. Surrendering yourself unto Him, confession and repentance of sins….how often?  I think just getting in that position would be a good starting place, habits form with repetition. I want to be lifted up.

Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Confession: I spend too much time online and (this will hurt) I seek acceptance and accolades from people.

Revelation: It occurred to me today that the time I spend online could be spent serving others.  How did I go astray?

Goal: Push back from online activities outside of work and give that extra time to the Lord and His work.

Application: Less time online more time in the Word, more time at His feet.

Father, lead me into victory from things that seek to steal my time from you.  This world gives nothing but takes abundantly, but in order for the world to take I know that I am the one who allows this.  Grow  my desire to serve others in your name with joy and eagerness.  Deliver me from those who seek to hold me back from my daily walk and devotion with you.  Cleanse me, strip me of pride, remove my desire to seek approval from others.  Open the eyes of my heart to see others before myself.  In Jesus name. Amen

cindi

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Numbers 21, Psalm 60-61, Isaiah 10:5-34, James 4

Fire went out from Heshbon, a blaze from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the citizens of Arnon’s heights. Numbers 21:28

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you,  I call as my heart grows faint;  lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge,  a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Psalm 61:1-4

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? James 4:1

Fire seemed to consume the past two days readings. The words in Isaiah were so scathing they made me cry. Battling in Numbers left me cold.

Lord, I don’t want to write about this stuff. It’s too depressing. Of course it’s also rainy and overcast outside today as I write this. I need sunshine, a smile, a warm hug. Then I remembered a line from a song I had translated from Spanish.

“There is nothing impossible if the love burning in the heart is not shut up in the end.” No Hay Imposibles by Jose Gentile.

God loves me so much that he is not willing to shut up the truth. We battle through the pain of my conflicting desires together.  I need time to cry, a safe place to hide, to be comforted.

The refining fire of  truth only burns for a little while until it changes me for the better. He refines me like silver. I am better for knowing him. That’s the blazing fire of love that I want.

I want the his all consuming love to glow like a fire that reddens my cheeks and warms me with it’s light. I long to be with my first love and stay with him forever under the shadow of his wings where healing and change take place.

yicareggie

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Daniel 10-12

Scripture

Your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days.  Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.  Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come. (Daniel 10:12b-14)

Observation

How many times have you wished you could know the future?  I’ve often been engaged by time-traveling stories in books or movies – the idea of skipping to the end of the story and finding things I didn’t expect holds a lot of interest for me.

Daniel got to see a glimpse of the future, and his response was three weeks of mourning.  At the end of that time, though, he met an amazing individual.  This individual would give Daniel still more specifics on future events, but he also gave Danial a window into the spiritual world that is just as significant as the prophecies themselves.

In the realm of the spiritual, there’s a battle going on.  Powerful forces, both good and evil are doing battle, and the outcome of those battles has a direct impact on human history.

Application

As I read the description of the heavenly messenger, I couldn’t help but notice how similar the description is to John’s meeting the risen Christ in Revelation 1.  However, whether or not this is a vision of Christ before his incarnation, the account of the clash of spiritual forces is eye-opening.  We often see pictures or images of angels in popular culture that look like pudgy, cuddly little fairies.  I haven’t seen many depictions of angels as warriors doing battle.

The spiritual battle is real, and the stakes are high.  There is an intense struggle going on – while Christ triumphed over death and hell on the cross and the outcome is sure, the war is still being waged.  As spiritual beings, we are involved in that struggle.  When we pray, show love to each other, turn the other cheek, share our faith – when we do any of these things we involve ourselves in a spiritual war.  So, let’s get out there and make a difference for the wining side.

Prayer

Father, so often I lose sight of the spiritual.  It’s easy for me to go through life and to interact with others forgetting that the spiritual battle that wages all around me.  Open my eyes, Lord, to the reality of that battle.  Help me to engage, help me to stand firm, and help me to fight the evil that is all around.  Help me to make a difference for you in the lives of others and to walk worthy of one who is called by your name.

(wordisalive)

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