Dec 5, 2013 - Family Matters    4 Comments

IF WE’RE ON THE SAME TEAM, WHY ARE WE FIGHTING?

THE UNSEEN ENEMY

Two weeks ago I did a post, Home Team Vs. Visiting Team. Husbands and wives are never to wage war against each other and yet many times this is exactly what we do. Why? Well, there is an unseen enemy that we must declare war against and he is a real and formidable foe. This is what the a bible has to says about this invisible enemy. 2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of imageunbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. The question is how do you declare war against an invisible enemy? There are three things that have to take place if you and I intend to successfully defeat this enemy. First, you have to identify who your true enemy is and it’s not your spouse. Second, you need to gain intelligence on his war tactics. And third, you need to deploy weapons that will successfully destroy the enemy’s ability to defeat you.

IDENTIFY THE ENEMY
You should ever under estimate your enemy. The more you know about your enemy the better prepared you’ll be to defeat him. Satan has successfully used these three strategies to enslave people to sin: lies, temptations and accusations. These are all shrouded in deception. Once a husband or wife chooses to fall prey to the devil’s lies, temptations and accusations, that’s when the true enemy takes hold. Satan uses his negative influence to cause spouses to work against each other. When this occurs they are blinded to God’s truths. A constant reminder to safe guard our hearts against the devil’s influences is remembering Ephesians 6:12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. The enemy is real, though you can’t see him or touch him, you do see and feel the effects of his schemes. I think losing sight of the devil’s tactics lures us into wars with our spouses, in the physical realm, as opposed to the spiritual warfare we should be using against Satan. Realizing who the true enemy is will help you!

 

 

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Nov 27, 2013 - Hearing From God    4 Comments

THANKSGIVING A CONDITION OF THE HEART

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Thank God for my lovely wife, Amy, who always encourages me in the things of The Lord. It is because of her encouragement that I am writing this month’s post on Thanksgiving. It was my intent to follow up on last week’s post, “Are You On The Home Team Or The Visiting Team?” And, I still will but next week. Amy convinced me that with the Holiday season approaching it would be wonderful to share what the word of God has to say concerning Thanksgiving.

It was my desire to share with you two definitions of Thanksgiving: a worldly view and a Godly view. I wanted to look at both and compare the two but I hit a stone wall. My search for a worldly view on Thanksgiving kept taking me to a Biblical perspective. When it comes to defining Thanksgiving the path will ultimately take you to Almighty God and not man. Anyway you look at it,Thanksgiving has it origin with God — even for those who celebrate it without God in mind.

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Nov 19, 2013 - Family Matters    6 Comments

ARE YOU ON HOME TEAM OR THE VISITING TEAM

Have you ever had and argument with your spouse and found yourself going tit-for-tat? Well I have found myself doing just that on many occasions especially doing the earlier stages of my marriage. Have you ever wondered where this phrase tit-for-tat came from? Well I researched it and here’s a definition that I came across: The infliction of an injury or insult in return for one that one has suffered. Matter of fact I’ll share this sentence which was given as an example of what takes place … “The conflict staggered on with tit-for-tat assassinations.” Can you imagine spouses intentionally committing verbal assassinations? No! Most often I don’t even think the husband or the wife are consciously aware of what they are doing to each other. When I look at synonyms for tit-for-tat like retaliation, reprisal, counterattack, and comeback it got me thinking how detrimental going tit-for-tat can be.

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