Topic: Spiritual Warfare


Dear Brother, Consider the Shadow of Shaddai

Dear brother, I know your vocation requires your astute awareness of your position under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). After reading 1 Samuel 18-19, along with Dale Ralph Davis’ commentary [1] this morning, I sat on the couch strategizing how to share what I had read with you. For […]

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Five Ways the Armor of God Protects Us Against the Enemy

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts […]


15 Unforgettable Quotes on Holiness from T4G18

Editor’s Note: I attended the Together For the Gospel conference this year in Louisville, Kentucky. I praise God for the men he has raised up to disciple his church all over the world and for their instruction this week, particularly on the topic of holiness. In this article, I am […]


Four Things People Often Miss About Judas (and What We Can Learn from Them)

James tells us that the “double-minded man [is] unstable in all of his ways” (James 1:8). That is a very good description of Judas. He was double-minded, and in the end, the faith that he once professed he abandoned completely. Here are four things that are commonly overlooked when it […]

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God Works Through Courageous People in Dark Places

Video Transcript: God works directly, but he also uses means. He restrains evil in this world through people who are positioned in dangerous and strategic places. God used Hushai, who had the courage to sign up for this dangerous mission that took him to the heart of Absalom’s palace. Thank […]


The Battle Every Christian Wages

Civil war is devastating. Millions of refugees have fled their homes to escape it. Families, many of them Christian, have been surrounded by death and destruction for years [1]. Missile attacks come by surprise as terrorists target helpless villages. Local men, women, and children have no resources or weapons with […]

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Cleanse Yourself

  Video Notes:  We can apply what we learn from these battles in the Old Testament to the many struggles we face as Christians with sin and temptation in our own lives. Here’s the principle: If you want to do a great work for God, you must deal first with […]


Screwtape’s Advice on How to Attack a Man’s Faith 

My dear Wormwood, Necessity compelled me to write. I hear that your man suffers from disappointment and unwanted circumstances, and I have only to say this: Take full advantage of your opportunity. Likely, he is weakened in faith because his situation has not afforded him the luxury of resting upon […]

Fighting Sin

A Three-Step Strategy for Fighting Sin

As you come to know God better, you will become more aware of your sin. Suppose you go to the movies. While you are watching the film, you work your way through a bucket of popcorn drizzled with melted butter. When you come out, you realize that there are butter […]

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How to Overcome Evil with Good

These are difficult days in our country. 16 years from the attacks on the Twin Towers, the threat of terrorist violence still hangs over us and over freedom-loving people around the world. After many years of hoping for progress, anger and violence over issues of race have reached new intensity. […]


Bible Q&A: Did Jesus Fall into Temptation?

Question: How can you say Jesus wasn’t drawn to sin? Hebrew 2:18 says, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Answer: We’ve received a number of questions about this. One reason for this is that we can only draw upon our own experience […]

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20 Practical Ways To Kill Sin Every Day

Sin perplexes us. We love it, and we hate it. We embrace it, and we war against it. We act on it, yet we don’t always understand why. Sin is alluring and confusing, pleasurable and destructive. The redeemed heart has been set free from sin’s power, yet still wars with […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (July 27, 2017)

The Danger of Drifting Away (John Piper, Precept Ministries) One mark of Christian authenticity is discontentment with anything less than “all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). Coasting is not discipleship. Drifting in self-contentment is not like basking in the pool of security, but like floating, fast asleep, toward the falls. […]

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Don’t Listen to Yourself – Talk to Yourself

We are deeply influenced by the world around us. Daily we’re bombarded with a thousand images – from the news we watch, to the sermons we hear, to the people we meet. Our affections, attitudes, moods, beliefs, and, ultimately, our actions are swayed, cemented, and interpreted by the voices we […]

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Key Connections (May 18, 2017)

Embrace the Life You Have (Vaneetha Rendall Risner, Desiring God) So today, if you are feeling weary and disappointed about your life, allow yourself to grieve. To weep deeply. Six Things You Need to Know About God’s Wrath (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) This theme of the wrath (or anger) of God toward […]

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Key Connections (May 4, 2017)

Stop Photobombing Jesus (Garrett Kell, The Gospel Coalition) Are you frustrated or discouraged when God “overlooks” you? Those are good times to re-evaluate why you follow Jesus. Satan Wields Ignorance of the Word as a Weapon (Kelly Needham, True Woman) Ignorance of the whole of God’s Word makes us easy targets in the […]


What Infertility Means to the Enemy

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week. For more than four years, my husband and I have walked a journey that no couple imagines they will face: infertility. We have never experienced the joys of a positive pregnancy test or holding our child in our arms. We have watched the majority of […]

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We Do Not Wrestle Against Flesh and Blood

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) Daniel faced tremendous political pressure from the members of the king’s court. Brought to […]


Four Lies Satan Speaks in Darkness

Have you ever experienced a time when, the more you prayed, the more your troubles seemed to grow? This has been one of those seasons, one that’s lasted nearly decade. Many days it’s a fight, a constant battle, to keep my eyes fixed on God’s truth rather than my trials. […]


Bible Q&A: Who Really Has the Authority on Earth, God or Satan?

Question: In Bible study the other day, we were studying Luke chapter four. Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days. Satan says to Jesus, “Bow down and worship me, and I can give you all this.” I know he is the father of lies, so was that a lie? Could […]

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How to Stand Firm in Gospel Shoes

His bare feet stuck out of the passenger window. We live in a seaside town, and feet like his are a fairly common sight during our long, hot summers. Sunburned on top, cracked and callused on the bottom, his feet give us a glimpse of the day this man just […]

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Five Steps to Renewing Your Mind

What does your stream of consciousness sound like? There are words floating through my mind at all times; some are good and purposeful, and others are not. My mental monologue generally contains too much self-focused and self-defeating babble. “What a stupid thing to say!” (Imaginary palm to the forehead.) “Did she just ignore […]


Renouncing Anxiety

A beloved relative is dying before your eyes; the syncopation of an EKG monitor punctuates each heartbeat. Bleep… Bleep… Bleep…. It’s not the sound of hospital equipment, however, that is dragging your soul into despair; it’s the conflicted thoughts and emotions swirling within. Beautiful memories from the past, tender and […]

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10 Cravings of the Sinful Nature

What are the cravings of the sinful nature? What kinds of strong desire does the sinful nature produce? What does the intense longing that comes from your sinful nature look like? Here are 10 examples. You’ll recognize them immediately. 1.  When you are blessed, the sinful nature produces pride: The […]

Battling Sin with the Gospel

What does it mean to apply the gospel to my life? Like right now, as I am trying to get my kids out the door, and I struggle to be patient with them. What does the gospel have to say to my situation in this moment? Like many Christians, I […]

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Uncle Screwtape’s Advanced Strategies against Gospel Growth

My dearest nephew Wormwood, I write you with greater urgency than mere words can convey. Two years ago, your subject crossed the point of no return when leaving the dark kingdom of our Lord and embracing the Enemy’s Son. Luckily for us, he embraced as “gospel truth” some of the […]

The Musical Legacy of Martin Luther

“Music,” wrote Martin Luther, “is to be praised as second only to the Word of God because by her are all the emotions are swayed…This precious gift has been bestowed on [humans] alone to remind them that they are created to praise and magnify the Lord.”[1] Every October 31, Protestants […]

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What It Means to Be Strong in the Lord

 …be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (Ephesians 6:10) If you have ever felt that you can’t win your battles on your own, I have good news for you: you can’t. You were never meant to fight alone. Paul makes our source of power and […]