In Spiritual Warfare, the Lord needs only one thing from us: trust! Although all things are dark and there seems to be no hope, He has already set a trap for our enemies. His ways give us courage. He makes us sing and spread joy like the sunrise.
Throughout the centuries, Saints have developed techniques to help the Soldiers of Christ persevere in joy. The best way to make the devil flee is to give him the opposite of what he wants. Here are a few examples.
If we are aware of Spiritual Warfare raging around us, we need the best training. The Lord himself trains us for war. All the Children of God have the opportunity to develop warlike strengths--virtues to aid us in battle.
For all the saints who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!O may thy … Continue reading Spiritual Warfare I: The History
A centurion approached Him and appealed to Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I … Continue reading Amazing Faith
Know His ways Forty years I endured that generation.I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray,and they do not know my ways."So I swore in my anger,"They shall not enter into my rest."Psalm 95:10-11 The very simple thing God asks of us is to know His ways. He teaches us in the gentleness … Continue reading Gentleness
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 Towards the beginning of this blog, I took up the question of happiness. I said there were three signs of happiness:1) Happiness is not simply a diversion from unhappiness.2) Happiness will make us … Continue reading Happiness
Though I said to myself, “See, I have greatly increased my wisdom beyond all who were before me in Jerusalem, and my mind has broad experience of wisdom and knowledge,” yet when I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly, I learned that this also is a chase after wind. For … Continue reading The Wisdom of Faith
What moves me, O God, to love YouIs not the Heaven you have promised me;It is not the awesome Hell that prompts me not to offend You.It is You who prompt me, Lord.It is seeing You nailed to the Cross,Seeing Your wounded Body,The insults You received,And Your death.Finally, it is Your loveSo that I would … Continue reading God’s Love Languages
I used to think "humiliation" and "humility" went together and that I couldn't have one without the other. They are related words, both based in the Latin word humus, meaning "earth". Even in English, both imply being low on some scale. While humility is a virtue, however, humiliation implies a vice. Definitions Humiliation is the … Continue reading Humiliation vs. Humility