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Making Ready for Battle

Making Ready for Battle . . . praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- Ephesians 6:18 Recommended Reading Philippians 4:6-7 Two soldiers, identically dressed and equipped with the finest battlefield armor and weapons, are sent into battle. One is given awards for bravery, while the other lives with the shame of having deserted his post. Such a rudimentary illustration points out a profound truth: There is more to victory in battle than armor and weapons. In military warfare terms, call it conviction, attitude, or readiness—the mental preparation that steels one against what might come. In spiritual warfare terms, call it prayer. Paul concluded his description of the Christian’s spiritual armor by exhorting the Ephesians to pray “always . . . in the Spirit” and to be “watchful . . . for all the saints.” Prayer is that spiritual connection with the One Who is our armor, J…

The Wilderness Cycle

May 31, 2011 The Wilderness Cycle by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 17:1–16 Each of us has his or her own wilderness cycle. Some struggle with a quiver full of small children at home. Others have no children. Your test may not be related to the home at all; it may be connected to your employment. Perhaps you're wrestling with relationships; you're abrasive and have difficulty with people. That's why God keeps you with people and grinds away so that your long-standing Egyptian habit might be altered. With others it's finances; you live continually under the gun of insufficient funds. Maybe it's a problem related to academics and school issues. That's your wilderness. Your wilderness does not separate from you merely because you fly several thousand miles to some other spot. Wherever you go, your Egyptian appetite accompanies you. God is in the business of not only putting you through the Red Sea at salvation, but in getting you to Canaan by way of the wilderne…

Going It Alone

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Going It Alone by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 4:11–17 Do you know what God did? He accommodated Moses' desire. But the compromise was less than the best; brother Aaron proved to be an albatross around his neck. It was Aaron who got impatient while Moses was on the mountain and created a golden calf for the people to worship. It was he who told the people, "This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt" (Exodus 32:4). As you read these words, you may sense God's nudge to step out on faith in a plan that seems risky at best. You don't have all the answers. You don't know the hows and whys and wherefores of what God has in mind. From a human point of view, the prospects look rather bleak. Do you know what our tendency is? It's to take someone with us. Somehow, that keeps us from having to put our full trust in the Lord's plan; we can lean on that gifted friend or companion we've brought along with…

How Can We Hear from God?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 How Can We Hear from God? Jack Graham If you go to any church this Sunday, stand up in front of the congregation, and ask, “Who here wants to do the will of God?” you’d probably see most of the people raise their hands. But if instead you asked, “Who here knows how to find the will of God?” you probably would see a lot fewer hands go up! There’s so much ambiguity among believers when it comes to knowing God’s will. But there are three ways I believe God reveals his will to his people. First, God will show you his will by his Word, the Bible. The better you know your Bible, the better you will know the will of God. It represents the thoughts of God, the ways of God, and shows how God operates. So as you search the Scriptures, God will speak to you. Not only does God speak through his Word, but God speaks through his witness, the Holy Spirit. You can pray and ask God to speak to you through his Spirit and reveal his will to you that way. Number three is God’s wi…

Bad Choice

Bad Choice May 31, 2011 — by Dave Branon Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Revelation 20:11-15 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. —Daniel 12:2 Bible in a year: 2 Chronicles 13-14; John 12:1-26 An elderly TV star was asked by talk-show host Larry King about heaven. King prefaced his question by referring to Billy Graham, who had told King he “knew what would be ahead. It would be paradise. He was going to heaven.” King then asked his guest, “What do you believe?” He replied, “I’d like a lot of activity. Heaven sounds too placid for me. There’s a lot to do in hell.” Sadly, this man is not alone in thinking that an existence in Satan’s realm is a preferred destination. I’ve heard people say that they’d rather be in hell because all their friends will be there. One person wrote, “If hell was real, I don’t think it would be bad. There would be a lot of interesting people.” How …