When Spiritual Battle Has Made You Weary | alyssajhoward.com

When Spiritual Battle Has Made You Weary

You’re tired, weary, and you lack motivation. You’ve been spiritually fighting for a long while now, and you feel bruised and nearly defeated. I would be lying if I said I haven’t been there. The Bible tells us that our victory is secure in Christ and that He will be our strength in all things, but I have experienced times in my life when I felt nothing but weak and utterly defeated. What do you do when the truth of God’s Word seems to directly contradict what you are feeling and experiencing in your life? Continue Reading

How to be Good at Both Offense and Defense in Spiritual Battle | alyssajhoward.com

How to be Good at Both Offense and Defense in Spiritual Battle

An army has two essential functions… offense and defense. Militaries are called to defend when an attacking army is trying to take ground. (I don’t know about you, but I am so incredibly thankful that we have our troops to defend us if threatened!) Yet there have been times throughout history when a military’s offense played a key role. When the Israelites entered the Promised land, they were certainly on the offensive side of war. God went before them into battle as they conquered the land He had given them… one city at a time. Continue Reading

Are You Walking in the Victory Jesus Gained on the Cross? | alyssajhoward.com

Are You Walking in the Victory Jesus Gained on the Cross?

There have been many times in my life when I have felt defeated. Beat up. Broken down. Overcome with pain or grief. These feelings come with the territory when it comes to being human. We all know what it’s like to feel like you’ve lost. But there’s a difference between feeling defeated and actually being defeated. Looking back at my own life, I’ve certainly experienced feelings that weren’t an accurate depiction of the truth.  On the surface, Jesus may have seemed defeated on the cross. But what appeared to the world to be Jesus’ ultimate defeat was truthfully His greatest victory. Continue Reading

Identity Theft: 3 More Reasons to Guard Your Identity in Christ

There’s nothing more important than our identity. Understanding who we are is crucial to comprehending who God is and what He ultimately did for us on the cross. In a previous post, we addressed two very important reasons to guard your identity against the enemy – the ultimate identity thief. The Bible tells us that he comes to “steal, kill, and destroy,” and as we’ve learned from our modern culture, identity theft is one of the most harmful crimes to commit. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Sin and Temptation | alyssajhoward.com

10 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Sin and Temptation

Do you ever feel like you’ll never overcome sin and temptation in your life? Sin is something we all have in common. All have sinned. All face temptation. The Bible tells us that apart from Jesus, we are actually slaves to sin. In other words, it controls our lives and holds a great deal of power. Seeking worldly pleasures, making ourselves happy at the expense of others, lying or cheating to get ahead – without Christ, we can’t help but strive to please ourselves first and foremost. We literally become enslaved to it. Continue Reading

Spiritual Battles: More Common Lies of the Enemy | alyssajhoward.com

Spiritual Battles: More Common Lies of the Enemy

The enemy is called the Father of Lies, and as I pointed out in a previous post, one of his favorite tactics to use in spiritual battles is to take the truth and distort it. Why? Because half-truths sound like the truth. They seem like truth on the surface so we buy into them easily not realizing that we’re being deceived. This is why it is so important for us to understand the whole truth of God’s Word. It’s the only way we’ll be able to recognize these half-truths the enemy tries to use against us. Continue Reading

Common Lies of the Enemy (and how we combat them)

The Bible tells us that the enemy is a liar – in fact, he is referred to as the father of lies. And the best way to combat a lie is with the truth. That is why it is so important for believers to be well-grounded in the truth of God’s Word. If we know the truth well, we will be able to easily recognize these lies of the enemy. Continue Reading

Rethinking Spiritual Warfare: Understanding Our Battle | alyssajhoward.com

Rethinking Spiritual Warfare: Understanding Our Battle

Spiritual warfare is a common phrase in most Christian circles. It’s used to describe the battle between the enemy and the people of God. We often think in terms of Satan’s “fiery darts,” putting on our spiritual armor, and coming against the enemy with the truth of God’s Word just like Jesus did when He was tempted in the wilderness for forty days. It’s the understanding that there is a spiritual battle and we, as Christians, are soldiers in this war. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses for When You’re Afraid

Do you ever find yourself afraid?  Fear is a common problem for man – so much so that the phrase “do not fear” is mentioned hundreds of times throughout Scripture. Much of our lives, our world, and our culture are beyond our control or understanding. But if you consider yourself to be a child of God, then fear should be a thing of the past because we have a sovereign Father who holds the world in His hands. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses for When You’re Emotionally Drained

Have you ever been emotionally drained or tired? As the mom of two preschoolers, I’ve been there. (And if I’m being honest, the phrase “emotionally tired” is often a serious understatement!) Going to God for strength is something I need to do on a daily basis. But if I have learned anything, it’s that He is ALWAYS faithful! I am so thankful to serve a God who will exchange my weaknesses for His strength.

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Unseen Enemy: The Truth About the Father of Lies | alyssajhoward.com

Unseen Enemy: The Truth About the Father of Lies

Satan. Lucifer. Devil. He has many names, but one identity. We know him as an enemy of God. He tempts the world into sin. He’s deceptive. He’s a liar. And he’s out to destroy God’s plans and His people. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that he “prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” But the Bible doesn’t limit the enemy to one spirit or being. There are “evil rulers and authorities.” The Bible actually defines Satan as having an unseen kingdom. Continue Reading

How to Stand Firm in the Victory Jesus Already Won | alyssajhoward.com

How to Stand Firm in the Victory Jesus Already Won

Christians often speak about “battling the enemy.” The idea is that the enemy is on the prowl and he can and will devour us if we let him. But the truth is that we often give the enemy more power than he actually has. God’s Word doesn’t call us to struggle against the enemy; rather we are called to stand firm. Let me explain… Continue Reading

Armor of God: Fighting in Prayer | alyssajhoward.com

Armor of God: Fighting in Prayer

In Ephesians 6, Paul gives us a list of armor that all believers are called to wear when preparing for spiritual battle. He uses traditional pieces of armor as a way to illustrate how we are to arm ourselves as Christians against the enemy. This list includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

He concludes his list with the following verse:

 

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)

 

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Impossible Battles: Even the Winds and Waves Obey Him | alyssajhoward.com

Impossible Battles: Even the Winds and Waves Obey Him

We all have them. Obstacles and impossible battles that we have no idea how to overcome. We are taught from an early age to face them head on. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. For some of the battles, this is true. We can face them head on and win.

Then there are the impossible battles. The ones where it seems that no amount of fighting will keep us from defeat. The ones where our demise seems inevitable. What about these battles? How can we possibly face these head on when we feel hopeless about the outcome?

 

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