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Friday, January 23, 2015

Are You Engaged in the Battle? (Blogging Through the Bible)

Engaging in Spiritual Battle

Are you engaged in the spiritual battle that's raging all around you?

Do you have loved ones who have yet to call on the name of the Lord and be saved?

Do you find yourself spending less time in the Word of God?

What about your prayer life?

God desires for His children to be engaged in the spiritual battles of this life. The only way we can do that is by being in His Word daily to know the heart of God and by committing to a prayer life that comes into agreement with what we know is the will of God. Then, and only then, do we become actively involved in what God is doing to win the spiritual battles we face.

When God delivered the Israelites, Moses didn't just stand on the sidelines and cheer God on. Moses actively engaged in the battle by submitting to the commands God gave him. The simple actions of Moses in lifting his rod and stretching out his hand in response to God's command was used by God to perform the mighty miracle of the parting of the Red Sea!

Friends, we don't know what the future holds...but we know Who holds the future! Let's commit to being engaged in the personal battles that are raging in our lives. Our active engagement can be what's needed to see real revival in this world!

What "Red Sea" is God calling you to part today? 

How are you engaged in the battle?

Here are my SOAKs for Thursday and Friday:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Exodus 14

Scripture:  Exodus 14:15-16
15 And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.  

Observations: It was time for action on the part of Moses. He had prayed to God and now God gave him instructions on how to engage in the battle he was now facing. Two simple actions “lift up your rod” and “stretch out your hand” was all that was required of Moses in order to witness the mighty miracle of God in parting the Red Sea. In faith, Moses responded and now has the honor of being remembered for his active participation in the deliverance of the Israelites.

Application: We actively engage in the spiritual battles of our lives by reading the Word of God to know His heart for our lives and by praying in agreement with His Word. The spiritual battles of this life are won through the faithful prayers we offer to God and by the ways we partner with Him to be His hands and feet. We need to be actively engaged in the spiritual battles of this life.

Kneel: Heavenly Father, it seems like the church is losing the battle as church attendance declines, lost souls continue to wander this world without you, and so much evil is now called good. Break our hearts with what breaks Yours, Father. Stir within us to become actively engaged in the spiritual battle that is raging all around us. Give us boldness to stand for Your truth, to speak Your truth when needed, and to pray fervently for the lost. Bring a renewed sense of urgency back into the hearts of Your people, O Lord. Give us a hunger and a thirst for more of Your Word – to sit at Your feet and learn more of Your heart. Help us to engage in the battle on our knees in prayer knowing that the weapons of our warfare are mighty through You! Help us to respond to Your call to go and make disciples of all nations so that revival will come. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen!

Friday, January 23, 2015
Exodus 15

Scripture: Exodus 15:20-21
20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. 21 And Miriam answered them:
“Sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”

Observations: Moses’ and Aaron’s sister, Miriam is finally named and we find out she is known among her people as a prophetess – one that is inspired by His Spirit to proclaim the purpose and will of God. She leads the very first women’s choir “with timbrels and with dances” as they sing praises to God for how He destroyed Pharaoh and his army. Miriam’s words and actions were full of admiration for God as she led the other women in their praises to God for His deliverance.

Application: Am I being an encouragement to other women to praise God for what He has done in their life? How am I leading the other women in my life in their worship of God?

Kneel: Heavenly Father, I desire more than anything to be used by You to influence other women for Your honor and glory. When others are silent, help me not to be afraid to step out and lead with words and actions from a heart that is full of admiration and love for You. Give me the boldness I need in my own life to be a living testimony of all the good You have performed in my life so that other women will learn through me that there is power in our praises. In the wonderful name of Jesus I pray. Amen!

Friends, I hope you will continue to journey with me through Exodus. If you are just finding me, welcome! I hope you'll jump right in with me on Monday! We have some very important lessons coming up that will help us in our walk with God. Here is the reading plan we will start on Monday:

Exodus Reading Plan
Walking in His Grace, 

***I'm so excited to be joining Courtney Joseph at Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls for Blogging Through the Bible! Click on the image below to find her Friday post and more Blogging Through the Bible posts.


  1. Love this line - God desires for His children to be engaged in the spiritual battles of this life. It's so true. We can't just close ourselves off and not address the spiritual. Wonderful, inspiring post. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Julie! You are so right about not closing ourselves off from addressing the spiritual. God even gave us our spiritual battle gear - the Armor of God - that we find in Ephesians 6:10-18 so that we can properly engage in the spiritual battles of life. The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God (2 Corinthians 10:4)!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words of encouragement!

      Walking in His Grace,