An Encouragement Burger

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

Finishing up this three-installment blog series today, I want to ask you a very simple question: do you believe in your heart that God is for you, that He wants you to win? Please linger over that question a few moments before you answer. Your response is actually a big deal, and both the trajectory and the quality of your …

When God Takes His Time

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

In my last post, I began to unpack an explanation of why your breakthrough sometimes lingers longer than we desire. If you did not read it, please take a few minutes and do so before reading today’s post. Most of us have a hard time waiting on God to move when we sense that the pressure is rising while the …

Why He Makes Us Wait

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Victory

Recently, we finished up a 6-message Wednesday night series that focused on worship scenes which take place in the Book of Revelation. That series (along with all other series & sermons) can be accessed in the free Transforming Truth App for anyone who wishes to watch or listen to them. This morning, I solidified our next midweek series, and I got …

Fighting The Voice of Accusation

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

Over the last few days, both through my own mind and from outside sources, the Father has been speaking to me concerning this important issue of His children unnecessarily (and dangerously!) listening to the voice of the accuser. Have you ever pondered this passage from Revelation?  “I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power …

Kingdom Smearing

Jeff Spiritual Warfare, Victory

If you did not read my previous two posts concerning the activity of Satan against you, then please check them out so that you can properly celebrate what is written in today’s post.  I purposefully left a little time between these posts so that you would really consider the reality of your life being in the crosshairs of the most evil being …

How The Enemy Works On You (Part 2)

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

In my previous post I began to share how I believe the enemy works on God’s children to keep us unhappy in heart, weak in hands and defeated in our minds.  Go back and read it so you can understand the context of how I finish my thoughts today.  I want to tell you about the enemy’s design to suffocate your strengths …

How The Enemy Works On You (Part 1)

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

One of the issues I find when counseling people is that many of us tend to think in unhealthy extremes.  I am a bad wife and mom.  I am a fully matured believer.  I will never be happy again because of my divorce.  I am always right.  I am ugly.  I deserve the best.  Thoughts and attitudes like these do …

Spiritual Ear-Piercing

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

“So you’ve gotten right with God, have you?  You think you’re all religious now and are naive enough to believe that God is just going to accept you with open arms because of what Jesus supposedly did.  Well, tell me something, my precious – how come you can still sin like you did before your little religious experience?  How come …

When God Fights For You

Jeff General, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

For all of you who are in need of an answer, you who are begging a breakthrough, you who are concerned how much further you will be able to continue…this blog’s for you. Daniel, in the Old Testament, was a godly man living in an ungodly place during ungodly times.  His culture did not appreciate nor allow for Daniel to worship …

Defusing The Enemy’s Favorite Weapon

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

If there is one area that I intend to grow in concerning spiritual warfare, it is in the need to remain aware that the enemy never stops talking to us. That also means that he never stops lying to us. At the back of our bible, in Revelation 12:10, Satan is titled “the accuser”. The primary target of his weaponized …

No Weapon

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

There is a frenzied activity in the devil’s armory today. Many weapons are being forged in the fires and on the anvil. Strategies have been finalized against this Lord’s Day and against all those worshipers who recognize Sunday as something special. Assignments have been communicated and specifically tailored in a way that intends to bring frustration, futility and failure against …

Let’s Get Honest, Folks…

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Warfare

Is the Christian faith kinetic or static?  Do our spiritual beliefs move or do they rest in neutral?  Are we animated or passive as the followers of Jesus Christ?  The answers to these questions are probably easy for us to discern.  We understand by Scripture and by history that our theology comes bundled with a clear call to action from …

Leaving Your Enemy Speechless

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

Studying in Second Chronicles this week, I seemed to be getting downloads from Heaven as several verses leapt off my screen and quickly rooted in my heart. Hezekiah’s story begins to unfold in chapter thirty and his life has been an inspiration to me since the first days of reading my bible with an awakened mind, twenty-plus years ago. Today …

Eat Your Opposition For Breakfast

Jeff Spiritual Warfare, Victory

Once the Father births a vision in your heart, you become connected to a sense of meaningfulness about why you are here on planet earth.  Most people never experience this inestimable privilege.  They hit that conveyor belt of whatever culture they are born into and simply take a number and live for whatever everyone else around them is living for.  …

Wisdom That Moves Forward

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Wisdom

We often assume that the wisdom which comes with age is primarily a wisdom which is given in order to “ride the brakes”. This wisdom is seen as a regulator, a cautionary force. This side of wisdom slows down the potentially erratic or reckless steps of a person who might be acting outside of wisdom.  My personal opinion is that …

The Lies Told To You

Jeff FAITH, Psychology, Spiritual Warfare

The voice you listen most often too determines your direction.  The direction you walk in most frequently determines your destination.  The destination at which you arrive becomes your life.  So let’s walk this backward for a minute and finish where I just began: what voice do you listen to the most? Most of us recognize that we have an inner …

Trouble In The Devil’s Workshop

Jeff Spiritual Warfare, Sundays

There is a frenzied activity in the devil’s armory today.  Many weapons are being forged in the fires and on the anvil.  Strategies have been finalized against this Lord’s Day and all the worshipers who recognize it as something special to us.  Assignments have been communicated and specifically tailored in a way that intends to bring frustration, futility and failure …

Breaking The Grip

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare

For about eighteen months my son has been taking Karate at a local Dojo near our home.  I have enjoyed seeing Landon go from zero-knowledge when he began to an advanced-green belt who has been trained in both offensive and defensive punches, kicks, blocks and forms.  The instructors there are tremendous and Landon has enthusiastically stuck with it and picked …

How The Devil Works On You (Part 1)

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

One of the issues I find when counseling people is that many of us tend to think in unhealthy extremes.  I am a bad wife and mom.  I am a fully matured believer.  I will never be happy again because of my divorce.  I am always right.  I am ugly.  I deserve the best.  Thoughts and attitudes like these do …

Devil Talk

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

There are two extremes that I have witnessed when it comes to Christianity’s approach to the topic of Satan.  Some would dismiss the literalness of his existence and activity completely.  They allegorize what Scripture says about him unto the point where he is merely a symbol of the reality of evil.  Others rush to the opposite extreme and ascribe Satan’s …

A Little Jolt For Your Slow Monday Morning

Jeff General, Spiritual Warfare

The Apostle Paul was an intellectual giant.  Few people in God’s Word are revealed to be more analytical, literal and level-headed than the church-planting missionary.  His education was unsurpassed by nearly all of his peers.  His pre-conversion mind made systematic study of Israel’s Scriptures and he become one of the Pharisees, having earned his graduate degree in Jewish Law.  After …