Imagine Your Life Without Jesus

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; (‭Psalm‬ ‭124‬:‭2-3‬ ESV) There are some phrases in the Bible that seem to always stop me in my tracks. This is one of them – “If it had not been for the Lord who was in my side…” I remember driving on the interstate in Virginia, coming around a curve and losing control of my vehicle. Apparently there had… Read More

Low Flying Enemies

Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight. (Proverbs 26:2 ESV) My grandparents always had bird feeders. They would put bread crumbs out and watch from their living room as birds of all shapes and sizes would come. In appreciation for all of the free food, the birds would chirp and sing everyday to my grandparents’ delight. Large birds often hover and soar at great heights, but many smaller birds use rapid, darting movements as they rarely fly very high… Read More

You Have Authority Over Satan

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. (Luke 10:19 ESV) Having been sent out on ministry assignment, over 70 of Jesus’ disciples returned, declaring, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us!” Jesus responded (I think with a smile), recalling the moment when satan was hurled “like lightning” out of heaven. Satan is no match for God – it’s not even a fight. As for us, we live in a world deeply affected by… 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

How a Lifestyle of Worship Can Set You Free

Anger is a familiar emotion to nearly every person, whether it stems from a sibling who took your favorite toy, a friend who broke a privileged confidence, or an inhumane public act of violence. But anger can also be a spiritual stronghold – a controlling, debilitating, demonic force that results in harmful thoughts and behavior. Having hardened his heart through jealousy and pride, King Saul had opened himself up to a tormenting spirit – one that drove him mad. What began with “small” acts of disobedience escalated to the murder of priests,… Read More