What do you do when following God leads you straight to the devil?

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1 ESV) What do you do when following God leads you straight to the devil? Having just been baptized in the Jordan River, Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit to restore God’s kingdom rule on earth “just as it is in heaven.” But the first place the Spirit of God led Jesus was to the wilderness to confront the devil himself. Not quite the utopian “Eden” so often proclaimed today – “Give your… Read More

Your Sorrow Can Be Turned to JOY

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:5, 6 ESV) The psalmist not only reflected back on the faithfulness of God who had brought them out of bondage, he also spoke prophetically of the day when the tears of God’s people would be replaced with laughter and joy – forever! The bible is clear regarding the difficult times we face. Jesus Himself said, “In this… Read More

God is a Sun and Shield

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11 ESV) The theme of Psalm 84 is the blessing of being in the house of The Lord. There is something about the gathering of believers for the express purpose of worshipping God. Faith arises, perspective changes, healing manifests, and God’s glory rests among His people. The Psalmist describes God as a “sun and shield” – two accurate descriptions, but ones that typically aren’t paired…. Read More

The Battle

Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. (Psalms 144:1 NLT) We often think of David as a young shepherd – and he was; but David also grew into a fierce warrior. His victories in battle were impressive and innumerable. Some of the earliest beginnings of David’s combat training came in the form of a lion and a bear, both of which had made attempts to kill the sheep. Armed with his slingshot, David defeated each of these foes –… Read More

Can Your Instincts Be Trusted?

For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.  And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  – 1 John 3:20-22 Last night my son was playing the drums for our youth service.  He is naturally gifted musically, so he picked up on the drums quickly a few years ago; however, he is still honing his skills… Read More