I think one of the things that isn’t talked about the most among Christians is spiritual warfare. Sometimes I think it comes across “too spiritual” or maybe we don’t know enough about it, or it’s quite possible…we don’t really believe it’s a big deal at all. While we are all sinners, living in a sinful world, we are going to have many problems due to sin, but at the same time, we are often attacked by the enemy.
The Bible talks about our enemy quite a bit (1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 3:8, 2 Corinthians 11:14, John 8:44, James 4:7, 2 Corinthians 11:3) so if we believe in scripture being the very word of God, we would do well to take all matters seriously, including the evil one.
Have you ever noticed when you go to spend time with The Lord, distractions happen? What about random thoughts that just pop in your head out of nowhere? Have you experienced conflict with others? The examples could go on and on and I can’t tell you 100% they are all from our enemy, but from what scripture says about him, it would seem obvious that we are at war and we are to take it seriously.
The good news is that the Bible is clear on just how much God loves us and just how much God has and will protect us for all eternity from the evil one. Jesus defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and rising again from the grave. Yes, we will have daily battles, but take heart…Jesus has overcome the world and the war is already won.
No matter where you find yourself today or whatever it is you are going through, here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on protection:
Prayer is one of the most untapped resources we have as followers of Jesus. I’m guilty of this more than anyone else I know but the fact that we can come before God and speak to Him is nothing other than incredible! So often though (I think because we think we can’t see results), we give it a shot here or there, and then just move on with our day.
The Bible has a lot to say about God answering prayers and Him making decisions based on the prayers of His people. This of course tempts us to ask if we can change God’s mind about something, but before we get distracted with debates that we’ll never fully have the answers to, we’d be better off trusting the very Word of God that He is completely in control at all times AND at the same time listens to our prayers and answers us.
What’s clear from what Jesus has done for us is that God is personal and intimate. He would not have sent His own Son to die for us if He didn’t love us. He would not have told us to pray to Him in the Bible if He didn’t mean it and if He didn’t want to spend time with us, listen to us, etc. Imagine having a relationship with someone but you never spent time with them…that would not really be a relationship at all.
God invites you and me to come to Him at anytime, anywhere, pray to Him…give thanks to Him…confess to Him…ask requests of Him…and trust Him with His answers no matter what happens. God truly does listen to us and answer prayers.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on answered prayer:
Help is one of those words with many different meanings. It’s emotional. It’s difficult. It’s where freedom is found. It’s terrible. It’s innocent. It’s many different things.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of terrible tragedies and we need help. Sometimes we see children asking their parents for help. Sometimes we finally give up on our own strength and ask others for help. And sometimes we simply cry out with everything we have for someone to help us.
Whatever definition of help that resonates with you the most, rest assured God can be a help to you.
We are quick to turn away from God and look for something more tangible to help us, but we forget just how close Jesus is to us. We forget we have the Holy Spirit Himself inside us (for those who follow Jesus).
No matter what you are going through, no matter what decisions you are having to make, even if you believe you are completely alone, remember that Jesus is with you. He can relate with you in every way because of what He went through for us. He understands and can be a refuge for you and give you strength.
Do you believe this?
Pray to God, asking Him for help, and read what the Bible has to say with scripture on help:
As Christians we go to the Bible for everything, or at least we know we should go to the Bible for everything. It’s impacted us one way or the other on something we have read or heard before, but is also sometimes a challenge to us as well. It can be hard to read, seem old, or even out of place in today’s culture, but oftentimes we forget to see what the Bible actually has to say about itself.
I’m convinced more than ever today that spending time with Jesus is the hardest thing for us Christians to do and there are a lot of reasons why. I believe the most important reason it is difficult is because we have a real enemy who is against us and knows the power that takes place when we spend time with God.
The primary way we do this as believers is through the Bible. Since the Bible itself declares that it is the very word of God, I think that’s one of the main reasons it’s so hard to read it. The enemy is against us reading the Bible. Let me encourage you to just read small chunks of it, one day at a time. Maybe start in one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and just read a chapter a day. Just start there…start somewhere…and see what God does through time with Him.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on scripture:
Whenever anyone brings up heaven, what do you think about? What comes to mind? Is it the thought of people floating on clouds? Playing the harp? Just singing all the time? There not being anymore pain or suffering? Daylight all day long? Does it bring excitement and anticipation into your life? Does it sound boring?
We have so many ideas and thoughts of what heaven will be like we’ve even made tons of movies about it. At the end of the day, there is not one single person who has been here on earth who has been in heaven…except for Jesus.
It’s interesting that we default to making up what heaven will be like “for us” or look around to other ideas to try to get a glimpse into heaven, when we have something…and someone who can tell us firsthand what heaven will be all about. Be encouraged to spend time with God today, pray, read the Bible, and reflect on what the future has to hold for followers of Jesus.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on heaven: