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Fighting Battles and Being Battle Ready

We are fighting battles every single day and sometimes they leave us filling defeated or overwhelmed. We look at the circumstances around us and instantly see defeat. Thankfully the nation of Judah had a king on the throne who “did right in the sight of the Lord”. And because he did, when the Assyrians came knocking, he receives divine help and God fights the battles for them. And when we have battles to fight, if King Jesus is on the throne of our hearts, then God will fight our battles for us.

When the Assyrians came knocking, Judah had a king on the throne who “did right in the sight of the Lord.” Therefore, the Lord was on his side and helped them and fought the battle for them.

At this time in Judah’s history, Hezekiah was king in Judah and Sennacherib was king of Assyria. Sennacherib entered Judah and made camp against the fortified cities of Judah. Assyria was used to winning its battles and Judah was no match for them

Hezekiah faced a battle against Assyria – We are fighting battles against Satan

As Christians, we face battles against our enemy, Satan and all his army of demons. Our enemy is constantly filling their bows with their fiery darts and they aim for our most venerable areas. We no sooner defend ourselves against one before another is already zinging through the air to find it’s mark. Sometimes, if feels as if we are defending ourselves against multiple fiery darts at once. As Hezekiah looked out at the vast Assyrian army, he had to be overwhelmed and afraid. Like Hezekiah, we have two choices to make: surrender in defeat or allow God to fight our battles for us. When Hezekiah saw the Assyrian army, he went into action to protect his nation with four battle strategies. We can apply these strategies to the battles that Satan brings to our doorsteps.

Hezekiah’s battle strategies: 1) stop up the water from the spring so the Assyrians had no water 2) fortify and get battle ready 3) organized and activated the army 4) reminded the people that Assyria was no match for Yahweh

Fighting Battles Strategy #1: stop up the springs so the enemy has no water and dig a tunnel to send water inside the city

First, Hezekiah instructed his leaders and commanders to stop up the water from the springs that were outside the city. In doing so, they cut off the water supply for Sennacherib’s army. But the people inside the city would need water, so he built a tunnel. Water would then flow from the springs underground and send the water inside the fortified city.

When we are in a battle against our enemy, we need to stop up extra and unnecessary activities that are draining us. Satan loves to keep us so busy that we don’t have time to drink from the Living Water of Christ. By freeing up our time, we can get alone with Jesus through His Word. We can focus on prayer and Bible study. As we seek God’s will, claim His promises, and draw on His strength, we renew our strength and our faith. Through the eyes of faith we can then see God at work in our situation.

When we are feeling overwhelmed or in a battle, we need to look for areas where we can stop up extra, unnecessary activities that are draining us so we can spend more time soaking up the living water of Christ.

Fighting Battles Strategy #2: Fortify and get battle ready

Second, Hezekiah strengthened himself so that he would be battle ready. He built up the wall that was broken, added another wall outside, repaired another fortification called the Millo, and made weapons and shields in abundance.

In Ephesians 6, Paul tell us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and that we are to put on the full armor of God so that we can withstand the wiles of the devil because we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The battles we face are spiritual battles. So we need spiritual armor. With the Armor of God, we are able to stand. This armor includes the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. These pieces of armor include five components of defensive armor and only one offensive weapon. But if we are going to “put them on,” then we need to know how they work. Let’s look at how each of these pieces of armor helps us fight in the battles against Satan:

The armor of God that fortifies, strengthens and gets us ready for fighting battles:

Belt of Truth:

The belt of the Roman’s soldier’s armor is the piece that holds all the other pieces in place. For the Christian, Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life. We find all the truth we need to fight against Satan when we obliterate his lies with the truth of God’s word. It is these truths that set us free from Satan’s lies.

Satan wants us to believe that we have no hope, that we could never measure up to be good enough for God, that we are sinful and could never merit God’s grace. He wants us to see ourselves as failures, not worthy of God using us to advance His kingdom. But the truth of God’s love and Jesus’ sacrificial death, burial and resurrection sets us free from sin and give us eternal life. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus counterattacked with Scripture and for every lie Satan tempted Jesus with, Jesus quoted back truth. Truth conquers Satan’s lies.

We find all the truth we need to fight against Satan when we counterattack his lies with the truth of God’s Word and it is these truths that set us free from Satan’s lies. Truth conquers Satan’s lies.

Breastplate of righteousness:

For the Roman soldier, the breastplate covered the heart and provided protection to it and other vital organs. For the Christian, Christ’s righteousness protects us from Satan’s accusations and charges. It is only the righteousness of Jesus (not our own!) that is given to us when we accept Him as our Savior that covers and protects us.

Shoes of the gospel of peace:

Any soldier marching into battle needs strong, dependable, comfortable shoes. But what is the gospel of peace? The word “gospel” means “good news,” referring to the sacrifice Jesus made for us so that we can be saved. As a result, God’s judgment for our sins is satisfied, which sets us at peace with Him.

For the Christian, Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.” 1 John 2:6 tells us that if we abide in Jesus, we ought to also walk just as Jesus walked. Satan is constantly trying to set up traps and obstacles to get us off course. And as we set our feet on the paths that God has given us, using the Word of God to light our way, we can advance the Kingdom of God as we obey the orders He has given us and keep steadily walking forward as we take the gospel of peace to others.

As we set our feet on the paths that God has given us, using the Word of God to light our way, we can advance the Kingdom of God as we obey the His orders and keep steadily walking forward as we take the gospel of peace to others.

Shield of faith:

Out of all six pieces of armor, Paul says, “Above all…take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Our faith defends the blows of doubt and temptation that Satan hurls at us continually. Our faith will keep us steadfast in our walk with Christ. Romans 12:3 tells us that God gives each one of us a measure of faith. As we depend on Him, our faith will grow and become a shield that protect us and enables us to live a victorious life

Helmet of Salvation:

Our mind is one of the most venerable parts for Satan to attack. Every soldier knows that battles are won and lost in the mind. Satan wants us to doubt. He wants us to doubt our Salvation, that God is real, that God could love someone like me, that I’ve done too much bad for God to save me.

The Helmet of Salvation protect our minds and gives us a sure knowledge of our salvation. We can fill our minds with promises like 1 John 1:9 and 1 John 5:11-12. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 5:11-12 tells us, “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life.” We can memorize these verses and others like them so that when Satan wants to throw the fiery darts of doubts, we can throw back the promises of God.

The helmet of Salvation protects our minds when Satan wants us to doubt. Memorizing Bible verses and hiding them in our heart gives us an arsenal of weapons so that when Satan throws his fiery darts of doubt, we can throw back the promises of God.

Sword of the Spirit:

This is the only piece of our armor that is an offense piece. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” When Jesus faced the temptations in the wilderness, he used scripture as his weapon. This is why Bible study is so important for the Christian. You can’t use your sword if you don’t know the truth and power that it contains.

Fighting Battles Strategy #3: organize and activate the army

Third, Hezekiah organized his military, setting captains over the people. When we are facing spiritual and physical battles, we need to pray. Daniel 10:12-14 says, “Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

Matthew 18:10 teaches that angels are assigned to represent believers to God and that these angels have access to the heavenly throne and constantly present our needs to God. Psalm 103:20-21 says, “Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will.” Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”

What activates the army of God?

The angels make up God’s army, and they are activated by our prayers. Angels stand at the throne of God waiting to do His bidding and when we pray, God dispatches them to fight on our behalf or work out a need that we have. When Daniel was praying, an answer to his prayer was delayed by 21 days by an evil supernatural being and the arch angel, Michael, had to come to help him defeat the demon. Just as Hezekiah organized his army, our prayers organize and activate God’s army.

Just as Hezekiah organized his army against the Assyrians, our prayers organize and activate God’s army against Satan.

What if Daniel had stopped praying? Would help from Michael not come and the angel never get to Daniel? Possibly. It’s certainly a sobering thought to wonder how many times we stopped praying and because we did, we didn’t receive the help that was sent. If you’re facing a spiritual battle, don’t stop praying. If necessary, dig a tunnel for the Living Water to come rushing in to refresh and renew your faith then pray even more. Pray harder. Enlist other believers to pray with you and for you.

Fighting Battles Strategy #4: Remember that the enemy is no match for the strength of Yahweh

Lastly, Hezekiah gathered the people to him and to reminded them that Assyria was no match for the strength of Yahweh. Because of the strength of the eternal Yahweh, the people had no need to be afraid or dismayed. Their courage and strength was found in God. All the Assyrian King had on his side was his mighty and vast army made of mortal flesh and blood – but the people of Judah had the Almighty Eternal God on their side. Because God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we can know that the same Almighty God is on our side. Just as he fought for the people of Judah, He will fight for us.

Over and over again in the history of Israel and Judah, we see God fight for His people. But he fights for them when they are humbly surrendered to Him, honoring Him with their worship, and following after only Him. But, when they strayed into idol worship and turned away from God, the people met with defeat.

If you feel like you are losing the battle, can you identify any area where you have turned away from God? Are there areas your have not surrendered to Him? Do you have any idols in your life? Are you a person who does “right in the eyes of God?” You may want to spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal to you any thing that could hinder God fighting for you. Quickly confess and repent from sin and surrender totally to God. Then we need to suit up in our God-given armor, pray, and allow God to fight the battle for us.

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Doing Right in the Eyes of God

In 2 Chronicles 29, Hezekiah is crowned king of Judah when he is 25 years old. In verse 2 we find that he was a man who did right in the eyes of God, according to all that David his father had done. David was not his actual father, but Hezekiah was a descendant of David. That’s important to know because God had promised David that his family line would remain on the throne and through David’s genealogy the Messiah would be born.

Sometimes as we read God’s Word we read past phrases and fail to meditate on them and discern what the Holy Spirit might be saying. As we go through this section of the Bible we are given the succession of king after king. As each king takes the throne we are told if they did right in the eyes of God or did evil in the eyes of God. Why is this important? Because as the leader goes, so does the nation.

Kings Who Did Evil in the Eyes of God?

The kings who did evil in the eyes of God were the ones who led the nations of Israel and Judah into idolatry. They forsook God and turned their backs on the covenant the nation had made with God and chose to live their own way rather than God’s way. They also were involved in temple prostitution and child sacrificing as part of worshiping the false gods. Many of them were also guilty of murder and other sins. Whenever an evil king was on the throne, they led the nation of Israel away from God.

A King Who Did Right in the Eyes of God?

However, scattered here and there throughout the evil kings, a new king is crowned who does right in the eyes of God. As I meditated on that phrase, its easy to point out the things Hezekiah did that the Bible records. For example here in chapter 29, we find that he opens the doors to the temple and has the temple repaired. He had the Levitical priests and the temple consecrated to God. Hezekiah also acknowledged the sin of his people and that their family members had been carried away into captivity because of their sin. And in verse 10, he says, “Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel, in order that his fierce anger may turn away from us.”

Whether it was Hezekiah or another king that did right in the eyes of God, we find that these kings would lead the nation back to worship God and follow His commandments. So, let’s take a deeper look about what it means to do “right in the eyes of God.”

Right in the Eyes of God: A Deeper Look

What if you have two choices in life and neither one is a wrong choice. Neither will land you in jail or break some unspoken moral code. To keep it simple, let’s say your church has two events happening. One involves your small group getting together for dinner. The other involves chaperoning your two teenagers to laser tag with the youth group. When the youth pastor asks for chaperones, you stay quiet because you had already planned a quiet, much needed dinner with your friends in the small group. And after all, you helped chaperone the last three youth outings and gave up your small group outing to do so. So you wait for other parents to step up and convince yourself that if you keep volunteering, none of the other parents will take a turn and that isn’t fair.

However, there is a disquieting, unsettling feeling inside and you begin to argue with yourself. In the end, the youth event is cancelled because no one stepped up to help chaperone. Your teens are disappointed and they are not happy with you, telling you all you do is think of yourself.

As the night of your event approaches, you still feel guilty and you’re still trying to rationalize with yourself and God why other parents need to step up. Your teens are still not happy with you either. On the way to the dinner, a driver behind you fails to stop when you’re at a red light and he rear-ends you. You end up not going to the dinner because you now have to wait for the police, a tow truck, and you feel like you have whiplash.

What’s your verdict?

Would you say you did or did not do right in the eyes of God? You would be correct to feel that other parents also need to step up. There is nothing wrong with feeling like you need some time with your friends to fellowship with them and be refreshed by your time with them. However, there was a nagging feeling inside that wouldn’t go away. That feeling could have been the Holy Spirit prompting you to go with the teens and had you gone, you would have avoided being at the same place where the driver ran into you. Because you did not listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, you did not do what was right in the eyes of God.

To do right in the eyes of God requires obedience:

James 4:17 tells us, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” In the example above, this person knew they needed to go with the youth, but chose their own way. They ignored the voice of God. So even though there was nothing wrong with her going with her small group, for her in this situation, it was sin.

Hezekiah identified the disobedience of the kings before him that brought the judgment of God. In verse 6, he says, “For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done what was evil in the sight of the Lord our God. They have forsaken him and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord and turned their backs.” However, Hezekiah “has a mind” to make a covenant with God to turn His anger away from them.

All or nothing obedience

You also can’t choose the parts you want to obey and re-write the parts that don’t work for you. Doing right in the eyes of God is an all or nothing deal. You either do right – or you do evil. You either live in obedience or disobedience. If I tell my daughter to do the dishes and she puts them in the dishwasher but then doesn’t turn it on, has she obeyed me? No, the dishes are still dirty. If God says to keep the Sabbath day holy and you’re in church 51 weeks out of the year, but there’s one Sunday when you chose to go to the beach instead, have you kept God’s law?

To do right in the eyes of God requires submitting to God.

We don’t like the word submit in our culture today. It’s been given a very negative connotation. When we submit to God, we simply lay aside our will and follow our Father’s will knowing that He only has our best interest in mind. It means submitting our bank accounts to him, our marriages, our children, our careers and every single part of our lives.

To do right in the eyes of God requires cleaning out the evil.

Hezekiah started with some cleanup. If you want to do right in the eyes of God, you’ll need to do the same. You’ll need to get alone with the Holy Spirit and ask him to search you and reveal to you any unconfessed sin. Then sit in quiet and allow Him to show the areas of your life that need some cleansing.

To do right in the eyes of God requires consecration

To be consecrated means to be “set apart.” You can’t live as part of the world and as a Child of God. Because Jesus redeemed you at the cost of His own blood, you were set apart from the world. We should be the light of Christ to the world and lead the lost to Him. When the world looks at us, they should see Christ. Is there anything you need to get rid of so that you are set apart for God?

To do right in the eyes of God requires doing right when everyone else is doing wrong

It’s hard to be different. We want to fit in. But Jesus wants us to stand out so that the world will see Him. Israel and Judah struggled with exactly this. They wanted to fit in with the countries around them and they worshiped the false gods they worshiped even after the many miracles God did that they witnessed. The pull to fit in is always greater than the desire to stand out.

Would the writer of Chronicles say you have done good or evil in the eyes of God.

As Christians, we can be guilty of thinking we are doing right in the eyes of God because we don’t get involved with criminal activity and such. But as you meditated to day on the concept of doing right in the eyes of God, what has the Holy Spirit revealed to you? If there is evil that needs to be cleansed and confessed, take time to do so now.


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Why do people hate Jesus?

Learning from the Star-Belly Sneetches

We tend to like and hang out with people who are like us. And those who are not like us, we tend think of as “weird” or “different.” It reminds me of the Dr. Seuss book about the star belly sneetches. All the sneetches with stars on their bellies thought they were the best and those who didn’t have stars on their bellies were condescended. While the story really deals with discrimination, it also helps us understand why people hate Jesus.

The star-belly sneetches show us how we want to be with those who are like us. And when people are not like us, we don’t like them. Why do people hate Jesus? For the same reason. He isn’t like us — thankfully! Jesus was the perfect, sinless Son of God. The world is self-centered and sinful. Jesus is the Light of the World that exposes the darkness of sin and brings sin into the light for all to see and therefore, the world wants nothing to do with Jesus.

We don’t like it when our faults are pointed out

In Jesus’ day, there were many who did not believe that he was the Messiah and they rejected Him. But if we really get to the heart of the matter, they didn’t like Jesus because he pointed out their faults and sins. None of us like it when our sins are made known and it was true in Jesus’ day too. Instead of repenting and finding forgiveness, they chose to find a way to stamp Jesus out – they sent Him to the cross, thinking that would take care of it. But it didn’t. Jesus rose again from the grave and His disciples spread the gospel so that many did repent and believe in Jesus. So much so that the gospel message is still being told today and it is still changing lives today.

The World is still sinful and it still hates Jesus

The world still hates Jesus because the way of the world is sin and evil. It still tries to stamp Him out. It will pass laws so that it doesn’t have to feel guilt over their sins. The world will say that abortion is lawful – God calls it murder. It will say that homosexual marriages are lawful – God calls it an abomination and that marriage is one man and one woman. The courtrooms will remove plaques of the Ten Commandments from its walls (even though every one of the commandments are built into our laws) as if not seeing them will lessen guilt.

The more the world tries to compromise with evil, the more evil the world will see. No matter what the world tries to do, God says that His Word will endure forever and that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Because He is unchanging, changing laws and removing the appearance of them, will never lessen guilt because it is still sin in God’s eyes. The only way to remove guilt and shame is through repentance, forgiveness, and salvation by faith through Jesus.

Jesus says, “Come as you are.”

The sneetches finally learned to accept everyone for who they are, whether they had a star on their belly or not. Jesus says, come just as you are. It doesn’t matter what is in your past or what you are involved in now – Come to Jesus. Just as you are and you will find grace and forgiveness.

Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” As we surrender our lives to Christ, the Bible tells us that He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

Micah 7:19 tells us that He has compassion on us and casts our sin into the depths of the sea.

And Isaiah 43:25 says, “I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Exposing the darkness of sin is never easy. But Jesus, through the shedding of his blood on the cross, will wash away your sin and shame. Only then will you fully understand the unfailing, reckless love of Jesus.


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God, Do You See Me?

Sometimes, when life gets hard, we begin to question if God is listening to our prayers or even if He sees what we are going through. Hezekiah’s prayer in 2 Kings 19:16 shows that the same was true in Bible days. At this point in the Israel’s history, the Assyrians had destroyed the nation of Israel and their land. Samaria had been captured and its people carried away into captivity. Hezekiah was king over Judah and we find him asking, “God, do you see me?”

When trouble came, Hezekiah trusted in God

The Bible tells us in chapter 18 that he “trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord…and the Lord was with him.” At the end of chapter 18, Assyria insults the Lord and the king of Assyria lets Hezekiah know that he’s coming to conquer Judah. Because Hezekiah trusted in God, He knew that the only hope he had was turning to God. He goes to the house of the Lord and prays for God to save them from the Assyrians. He asks God to hear what Sennacherib had said and he asks God to see the trouble they are in.

When trouble comes our way, do we panic and fret? Do you sink into despair? Or do we trust in God and turn to Him in prayer for direction, wisdom, strength, and guidance? Do we allow God to enter our brokenness, our fear, our loneliness, our broken dreams, our sickness, our grief. Do we allow his presence and glory in our lives as he holds us in his arms?

We have assurance that God hears us and is with us

No matter what we are going through in life, we can be assured that God hears and sees and that He is in control.  Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” The Bible never promises an easy life without trials. But God does promise that He will go through the trails with us.

In 1 John 5:14-15, we learn that we can have confidence that God hears us when we ask according to his will: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 

Remember we only see a piece of the puzzle… but God sees the whole picture

If you are in a season of life where you are wondering if God hears your prayers and sees what you are going through, you can know that He sees you and He hears you. In fact, when Hagar was sent away from Abraham’s family with Ishmael, we find her alone in the desert, all her water is gone, and she and Ishmael will die without a miracle. But God sees Hagar and shows her where to get water. As a result, Hagar gives God the name El Roi, which means, “The God who sees.”

The Psalmist wrote: “As for me, I call to God…and he hears my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17) Remember that we only see a piece of the puzzle, where God, in His omnipotence, sees the whole puzzle. Sometimes, His answer is there – it’s just not the answer we were looking for, but if we take time to seek God’s will, then we are more likely to see His answer because our will, will already be aligned with His. Whatever His answer, you can bet that it is the very best for you because He loves you.

So, today, when trouble comes, don’t despair. Turn to the God who sees. Allow his presence to bring you to your knees so he can lift you up again and his glory shown in your life.


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Revive Us Again, God bless the USA and Honor the Sacrifice

Our freedoms come from the sacrifice of many. Memorial day is the day we remember and honor those who sacrificed. It’s also a good time to come together as a nation and pray for God to Bless the USA.

See our graduation tees and products:

Graduating Seniors, Class of 2021, #Done2021, and Tassel worth the Hassle

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The slide show below highlights some of our favorite Christian Tees designs available in our Spreadshop and Teespring stores.

  • Revive Us Again, Lord

Canvas art and posters are available in the Teespring store. Many of our Christian Tees are also available at Teespring.