Category: Theology For Life

Spiritual Warfare and the Power of Scripture

Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare In Matthew 4, Jesus is confronted by Satan in the desert. In this story, we learn how Jesus used Scripture in spiritual warfare against Satan. Today, I want us to look at Matthew 4:1-11. This temptation is an attempt by Satan to subvert God’s plan for human redemption by causing Jesus to fall into sin and disobedience, and thus disqualify Him as the sinless Savior. Matthew 4:1 says that “Jesus was led up by the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit guided Jesus in His earthly life, providing a pattern for...

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Spiritual Warfare in the Realm of Assurance

Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare Over the years, a dozen or so individuals have entered my pastoral study for counsel due to struggling with assurance of their salvation—they are not quite sure whether they are saved. Week in and week out they attend Sunday services. They read the Scriptures, they pray with their spouse, they seek to avoid sin, they strive for righteousness, but they doubt whether they are in the saving grip of Christ. I try to help them sort through this struggle. And it is no small struggle. It keeps men and...

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Seven Ways To Pray for Persecuted Christians

Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare When members of the Body of Christ suffer, the whole Body suffers together (1st Corinthians 12:26). Even if we are geographically removed from those being persecuted, we can still draw near to them spiritually. Hebrews 13:3 exhorts, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” The Apostle Paul himself was well acquainted with suffering and persecution. In fact, many of his pastoral letters were written while he was behind prison bars. Since Paul was a...

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The Practice of Private Prayer

Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life. 1st Thessalonians 5:17 encourages Christians to pray without ceasing. How can we know what words to pray? Scripture gives us seven examples: Adoration Psalm 18:2 – The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 62:2 – He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Confession Psalm 51:3 – For I know my transgressions, and...

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The Practice of Corporate Prayer

Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare The Prayer of Adoration Jeremiah 10:6-7, “There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you.” Psalm 145:10-11, “All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power.”...

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