The Weapons of Righteousness

With the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.– 2 Corinthians 6:7 There are weapons of righteousness for each of our hands. The phrase, “weapons of righteousness,” sometimes translated as, “armor of righteousness,” has been interpreted many ways, from the plausible to the ludicrous. These weapons are often linked to our […]

When Pressing on Means Giving Up

I could hear the voices whispering, “Persevere, Don’t give up, You need to press on.” The only problem was I was fairly certain these were the voices of the enemy. I was torn because persistence is something to honor. A sense of despondency and joy burned within me at the thought of giving up several […]

Our Quiet Times Are Rarely As They Appear

Reblogged from The Fight of Faith If someone were to walk by, they would see a man at rest on the Lord’s day. He is sitting on the front porch soaking up the sun on a beautiful spring day. The birds are singing, and a pleasant breeze is blowing. His posture is relaxed, and in […]

The Fortification of Sin

I have found that my natural bent is to excuse my sins, not confess them. Rather than mortifying them, I spend my best efforts fortifying them. They appear to me as precious darlings, to be protected from the harsh looks of my Father. “He just doesn’t understand, you see. He doesn’t want you to have […]

Worship and a Troubled Conscience

Let us draw near with a true heart – Hebrews 10:22 What does it mean to draw near to God with a true heart?  After spending a couple of chapters explaining how the old covenant was unable to actually take away sin, and how Christ has offered Himself as the one true sacrifice for sin, the […]

Four Ways Incense Typifies Prayer

May my prayer be set before you like incense. – Psalm 141:2 All throughout the Old Testament we see incense playing an important role in the way God prescribed that the people should worship Him.  In fact, even in the Holy place there was an altar of incence.  Now the ceremonies of the old covenant […]

The Tyranny of Sin

I saw the effects of it today in an old friend who is being ravished by a disease that has attacked his mental capacities to the point he has lost the ability to speak. I saw it in another friend who is fighting with the grief of losing their spouse to illness. It reared its […]

Christmas Hope (For the Hurting)

Many people have trouble celebrating Christmas because of the pain and heartache they are facing. But for the Christian, pain and heartache is often used by the Lord to move us into a deeper celebration, because we realize that the one we are celebrating is our ultimate redemption from all pain and heartache. Doug