Posts Tagged ‘spiritual warfare’

The work is great and extensive…Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah‬ ‭4‬:‭19-20‬ NKJV)

Sergeant E.N. Boots served in the Union Army with the 101st Regiment of Newberry, NC, during the Civil War. The son of loving Methodist pastors, he wrote them from camp one day in 1863, having seen a thing hard for him to comprehend, the fighting of War on The Lord’s Day:

“Pray for me Mother dear…Last Sabbath no one could leave…Instead of being a day of rest, it was a day of excitement and unrest [plus] the sound of the death dealing cannon mingled with the sound of the church bell.”

Nehemiah saw this too. He understood that while we do the work of God to enrich and save lives, war rages around in everyday areas, sometimes spiritual but also very literal. Our fight isn’t against people, politics, or societal progression, but to save lives from extreme darkness and evil, that which seeks to take root in us and lead us away from the Hope only found in Christ. 

As you go about your day, listen for the sound of cannons and church bells. The call to rally to God rings amidst the clamorings of life. Hear it for yourself, then offer others the Hope that you find! You are loved today! 


Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ NLT)

In April 2008, Wendy Petherick was standing beside a river in Northwest Australia, near Darwin, when she was attacked by an 8′ saltwater crocodile. Her husband, Norm, immediately jumps on the crocodile to save his wife! After wrestling with it a bit, he finds its eyes, gives them a gouge, prompting the croc to let go. Norm literally pulled his wife out of the jaws of death.

Just as a “saltie” swims by the waters edge in search of unsuspecting prey, sin camps out at the front steps of our heart, waiting for a chance to pounce. In this scripture, God is warning a very angry Cain not to let sin control him. Cain wouldn’t listen and instead eventually killed his brother. Even though God provided a warning, Cain didn’t heed it and paid a heavy price.

The Enemy longs to trip you up and destroy your life. Sin is enticing and is therefore hard to resist. As you encounter temptation, don’t fight it alone! Let God help you to resist it. You’ll survive spiritually as you let God help you fight your battles! You are loved today!


The demons begged Jesus, ‘Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.'” (Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭12‬ NIV)

While touring Israel in 2009, I saw the area where this story took place. I can’t even imagine what 2,000 pigs drowning in a lake looks like! Just consider the terror and manipulation that this demonic legion could conjure up in these animals that would cause them to commit suicide. That’s a devastating display of power.

With Jesus’ Bay of Pigs fiasco in mind, consider how susceptible we are to Satan’s mind games. We’re it not for the grace of God, you and I would’ve already ran off our cliffs! We have a brilliantly deceptive enemy, one that seeks to destroy you everyday. But with Jesus as your Lord, you cannot be touched!

Don’t live in fear of the demonic, but don’t underestimate them either. Trust that God has your every step guarded. Live holy so that your enemy gains no footholds on you. You are loved today!

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so…after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:13 NLT)

Have you ever watched Mutton Busting? Growing up in the rodeo country of Texas, one of the the funnest parts is watching mutton busting, where little bitty kids put on some safety equipment, climb on the back of a big wooly sheep & hang on for dear life until the whistle blows. It’s hilarious! The object is to plant a love of rodeo inside them & maybe groom future bull & bronc riders for the game.

To the non-rodeo crowd, it sounds weird & dangerous, pretty much like trying to get non-Christ Lifers to understand spiritual warfare & sacrificial service. God’s goal was never for danger but for victory. If you truly understood that God always wins the battle & the little bit we need to add simply is to represent well, you’d be more confident in tackling life & feeling safe doing it.

If you’ve been down lately, google mutton busting & have yourself a good laugh! Then be confident knowing that God is guiding you this year as you walk His marked path. Life is good & you are loved! Ride well!