Although a spiritual battle between good and evil is constantly going on around us, it’s easy to neglect giving it our attention, since the spiritual forces at work in it are usually invisible. Angels and demons are no less real than other people are, however, and their impact on us is significant. The Bible urges us to pay attention to the battles taking place in the unseen spiritual realm that surrounds us. We can’t afford to fritter away the time and energy God gives us by ignoring our...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

“(The devil) was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44). If I were the devil, I would do everything in my power to keep you from the Word of God. I would say anything I could think of, anything I thought you would believe, anything that works, to get you to read other things. As Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his devices”...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

It seems to be one of the most common experiences of the Christian life. God feels far away, like he is hiding himself, or at least withholding his reviving presence. We feel destitute, spiritually dry, and desperate for a sense that he is still there, still listening, still caring. But we can’t seem to eke out a prayer because even our prayers feel empty, and they seem to return to us with an echo of defeat. Where are you, Lord? Can you hear me? Why are you hiding yourself from me? I am your...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

I breezed into the coffee shop and recognized my business friend bending over a laptop, her assistant peering at the screen beside her. So I ordered my drink and found an empty table. My eyes darted toward my friend again and again as I played with my phone to pass the time. And pass it did, as time always does … five minutes … eight minutes … thirteen. My foot jiggled a nervous rhythm as I tried to forget the work piled on my desk waiting for me. Fifteen minutes after we were...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of your life so he can gain a stronghold. He’ll try anything to throw you off center, distract you from your focus, and render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God.  And I believe, after more than 25 years of ministering to women, that there are common areas he attacks – not just in women, but in any of us. As long as we’re aware of his strategies, we can be on guard to keep him out of his targeted entry points.  These are the five...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Lots of people claim to be “following Jesus” and then they do stuff like this. Sure, people who follow Jesus do these things all the time, but you can’t say you are doing them because you are trying to follow Jesus’ example. (Clearly, this is not a complete list but it’s a good place to start). 1) Exclude people because they practice another religion. Jesus was constantly including people, and he did it with a radical disregard for their religion. We do not have a single recorded incident...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Talk about Someone who has everything! Finding a gift that will please God can seem challenging! But thankfully the Bible tells us not only what God hates (such as in Proverbs 6:16-19) but what He delights in as well. And best of all, what pleases God is also what will make us happiest and most satisfied. Ultimately we will be most fulfilled when we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives—because He loves us and wants the best for us forever! So let’s look at seven ways the Bible tells us we...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Sooner or later, the unexpected—even the unthinkable—will rip through our lives like a Category 5 hurricane. Will our faith survive the gale-force winds? That depends on whether we are sound of heart or slow of heart—whether we have cultivated a robust faith or merely scattered seeds of belief across the surface of our life. Let’s consider how those who followed Jesus responded to the distressing news of his crucifixion. Learning from their experience can help us avoid a similar crisis...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

There are certain sins that Christians are always good at pointing out – usually in others. And there are obviously sins that we are shocked and appalled by, and usually see these sins as worse than others. But the reality is, all sin separates us from Christ. There aren’t degrees of separation – you are either reconciled to God or you are a stranger to him (see Colossians 1:21-22), there is no in-between. We can trick ourselves into believing that it’s the really “big” sins we...

by School Of Life on 20 August 2017

Satan wants to keep you from worshiping the One he hates. He wants to keep you from doing the right thing, whether that is spending time alone with the Lord in Scripture and prayer, attending and participating in public worship services, or any other thing that will draw you closer to the Lord. Here, courtesy of Thomas Brooks, are eight ways Satan will keep you from worship. Here’s how I would encourage you to use the list. Think of the times that you decide to stay in bed instead of getting...

by School Of Life on 20 August 2017