It surprises some young people today to learn that James Bond (“007”) was not the world’s first secret agent. In fact, countries and cultures have benefited from the work of super-sleuths for thousands of years. As far back as the Old Testament, God Himself commissioned spies to carry out essential tasks in His Kingdom. It’s a strategy He still uses today—and He invites YOU to … [Read more...] about God Wants Spies Like Us
There is a battle raging in the spiritual realm. Strength is available through prayer, truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God.
1 Kings 18:1-40 Have you ever felt as if everyone is against us, as Christians? You’re not the only one. The prophet Elijah felt the same way. During his life, King Ahab and Queen Jezebel ruled Israel and “did evil in the sight of the Lord (1 Kings 16:30; 21:25). In fact, "Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were … [Read more...] about 4 Lessons From Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
The Bible says, "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours" (James 5:17); it also says he confronted idolatry, performed miracles, spoke God's judgment, and changed his world. This may seem like a tall order, but today's believers have a similar opportunity. Just as God spoke to Elijah in the Bible for the benefit of many, His Spirit of truth resides in us so that we may … [Read more...] about Who Was Elijah in the Bible? Meet God’s Prophet of Fire
After describing the armor of God in Ephesians 6, Paul envelops the entire metaphor in what is truly the Christian’s primary source of defense and offense: “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). What does it mean to “pray always”? It means to be in … [Read more...] about Spiritual Warfare Prayer
In spiritual warfare, the battlefield lies in the human heart and mind. We struggle to distinguish Satan’s lies from the truth revealed in and through Jesus Christ (John 8:44; 14:6). Scripture says we overcome in that struggle—we defeat worldly views and systems of morality—by “demolish[ing] arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we … [Read more...] about Guide to the Armor of the Believer
Fatigue. Anxiety. Stress. Temptation. Fear. Despair. Lies. Revenge. Sound familiar? These are some of the devil’s favorite schemes for eroding our faith in God. He wants us to believe that we’re stuck, that our situation is hopeless, that defeat is our destiny. If we’re not careful, these deceptions set us on a slippery slope to spiritual defeat. Jump to an Article Topic: … [Read more...] about 8 Signs You're in a Spiritual Battle and How to Win
The original video games that appeared in the seventies and eighties weren't rocket science. They required some hand-eye skills, yes. But intellectually speaking, they were marketed to young people, not Ph.D.s (though plenty of Ph.D.s played them at night after their children were in bed!). Satan’s mind games make the most sophisticated video games look like child’s play. … [Read more...] about How to Defeat Satan in Two Simple Steps
Temptation is a fork in the road. It is choosing which road to travel: the high one or the low one. Wouldn’t life be easier if there were no forks, no decisions to make—if the road were simply a straight and narrow path? But the Bible gives us no magical formulas for that kind of life. It assures us that we will come to those forks regularly, and we must choose where to … [Read more...] about 20 Verses for Overcoming Temptation
Are there angels in our world today? Do they intervene in our lives? The answer may surprise you. Popular ideas about angels neglect their strength and involvement in our world. By equipping ourselves with the truth about God’s mighty messengers, we can face trials with greater confidence and joy, and we can grow in our love for the One who created them. Angels in the … [Read more...] about Why Did God Create Angels?
When God created “the world and everything in it,” He created the angels (Acts 17:24; Psalm 104:4). These spiritual beings have unique roles and characteristics, but they share a common purpose. Their job is to worship God and minister to His people. Lucifer was one of God’s angels—a magnificent being. The prophet Ezekiel described him as “the seal of perfection, full of … [Read more...] about Who Is Lucifer in the Bible?
Whoever first said, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed,” could have been thinking of the believer’s defense against Satan. The more we know of the tactics of any enemy, the better able we are to prepare our defenses and, thereby, remain unmoved. With regard to Satan’s strategies, we find numerous examples in Scripture. Nine of Satan's Strategies Revealed by … [Read more...] about Satan’s Strategies Revealed
Americans spent $9 billion on Halloween in 2018 with more than a third of that spending allocated to costumes. Top costumes for adults included witches, vampires, zombies, pirates, and Avengers characters. Children dressed as princesses, superheroes, Batman, Star Wars characters, and witches.1 Did you notice the costume that appears on both lists? Witches. With its … [Read more...] about 4 Strategies for Confronting Spiritual Darkness on Halloween
In This Article: What Are Demons? Who Do Demons Work For? What Do Demons Do? Origins of the Nephilim Good News About Demons What Can I Do About Demons? C.S. Lewis wrote, “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence, and the other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest … [Read more...] about What Does the Bible Say About the Origins of Angels, Demons, and Lucifer?
Have you fallen into bad spiritual habits? God has equipped His children with everything they need to live victoriously, but many Christians miss out by falling into habits that disconnect them from God’s power, perspective, and presence. The first step to overcoming any obstacle is to identify it. Give yourself a check-up and prepare to transform your spiritual walk … [Read more...] about 8 Habits That Are Destroying Your Walk With God
Bible-Based Answers to Burning Questions About Angels, Demons, and the Afterlife What are spirits? A spirit is “an immaterial intelligent being.”1 Each spirit possesses intellect, emotion, and will. Biblically speaking, there are three categories of spiritual beings: God, humans, and angels. Of course, humans are distinct from God and angels because we also possess a … [Read more...] about Angels and Demons Q&A