WHY DECEITFUL SPIRITS SHOULD BE VIEWED AS VERY DANGEROUS

One very important part of victory in spiritual warfare is prayer, and nothing makes prayer more powerful than a sense of urgency and need.

WAR ROOM

The movie WAR ROOM properly sets the stage for the greatest war of every age, which is not among men but between the people of God and demon spirits.  The overwhelming content of the movie is not demons but the conflicts that arise as a result of sin, as it should be.  Sin is far … Continue reading WAR ROOM

HOW TO BE HOLY

Did you ever get frustrated after hearing a talk about some aspect of Christian living because there just didn’t seem to be a clear articulation as to where you were to get the power to make it happen? Maybe it was a “how to” live with difficult people, or be pure in singleness, or have … Continue reading HOW TO BE HOLY

Be Filled with the Spirit

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18 It is one thing to know God’s will, it is still another to be able to get it done – it takes the right … Continue reading Be Filled with the Spirit

Imitators of God

“So be imitators of God, as beloved children” Ephesians 5:1 The apostle Paul was not intending to say the Christian should imitate God, as we use the word impersonate in contemporary language. Impersonate 1. To mimic the voice, appearance, and manners of somebody else, especially in order to entertain. 2. To pretend to be somebody … Continue reading Imitators of God

From Divided to United

“I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received …striving to preserve the unity of the spirit” Ephesians 4:1 When our first parents Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden they did more than just separate themselves from God, they … Continue reading From Divided to United

Pharisee to Persecuted Prophet

“Wherefore I ask that you may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.” Ephesians 3:13. Paul the apostle in his lifetime went from zealous for the religion of the Jews to zealous for the church of Jesus Christ. As a religious leader he was honored among his peers, respected by the … Continue reading Pharisee to Persecuted Prophet

Intimate with God

“But now in Christ Jesus you that once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13 Paul begins the second chapter of Ephesians with the condition of his hearers before they came to Christ, which was independent of God. Sin always alienates the originator of it from a holy and … Continue reading Intimate with God

From Sin to Sanctification

In the early seventies I used to wear a dog tag that said born again; they could be bought at any Christian bookstore, and people would actually ask you, “what does that mean?” Most evangelical churches at that time thought of conversion as something radical, instant, life changing, essential, and so it is. 1 “And … Continue reading From Sin to Sanctification

Made Accepted

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us… To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:3&6 All world religions teach some form of making the worshipper acceptable in God’s sight by his own labor. However, in … Continue reading Made Accepted

The Blessing

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1:3 Blessing the older son is distinctly Middle Eastern having two basic ideas behind it. One, the Father would speak well of the older son, which meant he was worthy … Continue reading The Blessing

I am Adopted

I AM ADOPTED “In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:5-6 A straight forward rendering of this verse is God predestined … Continue reading I am Adopted

God Knows My Name

Every time we sing the song “Before the Throne of God,” I am struck by the words, “My name is graven on His hands, my name is written on His heart.” Think about it a minute, who am I that my name should be engraved on the hands of God or written on His heart?” … Continue reading God Knows My Name

God’s Choices

It is a great irony that man who does not know, love, or fear God tries to appease Him by deceitful acts of worship, while enslaved to the deceptions of false religion. At the same time that men try foolishly to placate God by wrong choices, God chooses those upon whom He will set His … Continue reading God’s Choices

Spiritual Blessings

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.” (Ephesians 1:3) The primary blessings that come from God through our Lord Jesus Christ are said to be in the heavens, which means they are not earthly or worldly blessings but spiritual … Continue reading Spiritual Blessings

Identity Crisis

“To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful “in” Christ Jesus”: Ephesians 1:1 After careful reflection of Ephesians chapter one, I noticed that the terms in Christ, in the beloved, in Him are used eleven times in twenty-three verses. Each time the Apostle Paul speaks of a different aspect of our salvation … Continue reading Identity Crisis