Saturday, October 22, 2011

Three Men, Only One Stood Firm

While working on our new study guide, “The Full Armor of God In Action,” I found three men who were enticed by a seductress.   Although they lived in different times, the temptation they faced was very similar.

Two of the men gave in to the temptation.  One of the men stood firm.  From the three passages below see if you identify the men:

"There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?" As she spoke to him day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.

Then she said to him, "How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have deceived me these three times and have not told me where your great strength is." It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death. So he told her all that was in his heart.

With her many persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her as an ox goes to the slaughter.

The challenge is really more than just identifying the three men.  The real challenge is to determine why two entered into sin and one stood firm.  That is the purpose of our study guide on the Full Armor of God.  By knowing how to use God’s armor we can gain victory in every situation. 

Joseph (Genesis 39), Samson (Judges 16), A Young Man Lacking Sense (Proverbs 7)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Full Armor of God

A few days ago I finished reviewing and correcting the first proof of our newest study guide, The Full Armor of God In Action.  Hopefully, it will be released by the end of October.

While I was working on the project I began to wonder how many people give any thought to “spiritual warfare” in these modern times.  With all the new technology and scientific advancements that impact our daily lives, do people think about or even believe in a spiritual conflict?

It’s clear that the Apostle Paul believed in spiritual warfare in his description of the Full Armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20.  He warned his readers about forces that are not “flesh and blood,” but are in the heavenly places.

I’m interested in your thoughts.  Do you think there is a spiritual aspect to …

The war on drugs?

The war on poverty?

The war on terrorism?

The war on crime?