The Only Good Christian is a Dead Christian

Spiritual Warfare

Part 3

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24 NIV)

Crucified with Christ

Crucified with Christ

To the enemy, the only good Christian is a dead Christian. He commands that no soldier of the cross be left alive. Should one survive, the gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to spread.

Don’t panic! Satan has no authority to kill any of us before our appointed time, which God determined before our birth. Satan can, however, kill our testimonies. When we act like the world in our speech, in our dress, in our temperament, our testimonies are deadened and worthless. He strangles our joy when we allow grievances to overpower us and refuse forgiveness to others.  He suffocates our enthusiasm for the things of God when we permit temporal self-gratification to rule our lives. Thus, we become complacent prisoners of war.

Most Christians in a complacent state don’t seem to realize they are being held hostage. In fact, some become quite comfortable in chains with no desire to be free. They become “By The Way” believers who sit back not wanting to get involved. They never dream of sharing their faith outside the church. They claim to respect other religions. Tolerance becomes their new doctrine.

If they remain complacent long enough…

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How about you? Are you a “By the Way” believer, an “In the Way” believer, or an “On the Way” believer? What’s your plan of attack?

Next Week:

Prepare by reading, pondering, and pray about Ephesians 6:10-17. Yes, again. We will study the armor of God at His appointed time.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

Authorities, Powers of this Dark World, Spiritual Forces of Evil

Spiritual Warfare

Part 2

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV)

Jesus Casts Out Demons Mark 5:1-20

Jesus Casts Out Demons
Mark 5:1-20

Before we discuss the full armor of God, establishing our beliefs about the enemy seems beneficial and necessary. After all if we don’t believe there is an enemy, why bother with armor?

If I asked one hundred Christians, do you believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? I’d get an emphatic YES, of course.

If I asked one hundred Christians, do you believe in angels? I’d get a majority to respond with absolutely.

If I asked one hundred Christians, do you believe in demons, spiritual forces of evil, powers of this dark world, and Satan?

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Next Week:

Prepare by reading, thinking about, and pray about Ephesians 6:10-17.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Who’s Fighting?

Spiritual Warfare

Part 1

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. (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)

Join the Lord's Army

Join the Lord’s Army

Recently a visiting pastor told our congregation about a young woman who sat in a church service. Her spirit, dark and anxious, caused her to fidget in the pew as the preacher gave the altar call. The woman had a sorted past marred by witchcraft and drugs. No one in the church encouraged her to step forward, although some may have felt the Holy Spirit’s nudging. The service ended. The woman walked out and got in her car. Twenty minutes later…

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Next Week:

Prepare by reading, thinking about, and praying about Ephesians 6:10-11.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

S is for Stand

…Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1 NIV).

Reflect on Christ, not self

Reflect on Christ, not self

Stand! Stand firm, even! Seems like a contradiction to last week’s thought to navigate—to move forward toward the goal. Yet, we are called to stand and become immovable in our convictions.

In the beginning of this series, we talked about the renewing of our minds, getting a fresh outlook on our lives and how God wants us to live. We moved on to endurance, strength, and optimism, while implementing loyalty to ourselves and to our Lord with clearer understanding of our constitution. We discovered most permanent and worthwhile changes take time. The importance of our task motivated us to explore the options available, which help us navigate through the obstacles we encounter along the way.

I’m sure after three months of working on our resolutions…

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Next Week:

We’ll begin a new study on spiritual warfare. Prepare by reading and thinking about Ephesians 6:12.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

N is for Navigate

Eagles are Great Navigators

Eagles are Great Navigators

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way (Proverbs 4:15-16 NIV).

Each day marks a step in our journeys. Yesterday has taken us in one of two directions—closer to or farther from our goals.

Last week, we talked about keeping our options open. If Plan A fails, move to Plan B, C, or Z. But the key is to move FORWARD. We can set all the plans on paper. We can work out tentative schemes in our minds. We can talk the talk. But until we, yes, walk the walk, we are drifting farther from our desired resolutions. Sorry, we do NOT remain stationary for long, in reality, not even for twenty-four hours. The longer we linger in our bad habits or present situations, the more difficult it becomes to break free of them.

We need to learn to

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Next Week:

S is for Stand. Prepare by reading and thinking about Galatians 5:1.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

O is for Options

…I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NIV).

weighinHow are you doing with your 2014 resolutions? Are you where you thought you’d be at the end of the first quart of the year? If so, congratulations. You’re well on your way to making those changes a permanent part of your life.

If you’re not where you hoped to be by now, why not? What’s going on that has diverted your plan? Often the best thought-out plans fail because of unexpected situations.

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Next Week:

N is for Navigate. Prepare by reading and thinking about Proverbs 4:15 and 16.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Trouble at Camp Turnabout Creek

Trouble at Turnabout Creek

Trouble at Turnabout Creek

Just released!! My new preteen novel, Trouble at Camp Turnabout Creek is about:

Fifteen-year-old Ray Nuestrong volunteers as a junior camp counselor at Camp Turnabout Creek just so he can defend his skateboard championship title one last time. He figures between helping kids with crafts, nature walks, and talent show practices, he’ll have plenty of time at the skate park.  However, from the moment Kelsey and Kayla Brenner, tornados in twin little-girl suits, arrive accidents happen. But they aren’t the only distractions Ray faces. Pretty Amy Baxter, Ray’s toughest skateboard competitor, blurs Ray’s focus.  Meanwhile Carl Wertz, aka Frog, attempts to convince Ray that Amy and the twins are conspiring against him to keep him from practicing his skateboard routine. With a rubber chicken, a fake tarantula, and a jar of honey, will Frog lure Ray back to playing the prankster he had been as a camper?

Available in Paperback and E-book Format  at Trouble at Camp Turnabout Creek.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks