The sword of the Spirit
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I don’t know about you, but I hate getting into conflicts where I know I am outnumbered or outgunned. You know, the more aware we are of the spiritual powers that are out to destroy us, the more fearful we become. Satan is a ruthless destroyer—just look at what happened to the lives of the people who suffered from demon possession. Your God will not send you out unarmed. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:11,17, “Put on the full armor... Read More
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After the mammoth three-day Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, soldiers on burial detail came on a curious sight—many of the corpses were barefoot. The retreating Confederate troops were so poorly shod that they paused in their flight to remove their tattered foot rags and scavenge for boots from the dead men. Most military veterans will tell you that warfare is a marathon, not a sprint. Infantrymen move a lot, through rain, mud, and snow. If you are... Read More
The helmet of salvation
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Everybody knows how vulnerable the head is. Even if an infantryman is wearing no other kind of body armor, he will always wear his helmet into battle. One of the most dramatic scenes in Saving Private Ryan occurs in the Allied assault on the Normandy beaches. An American soldier hears a bullet clang off his helmet. He takes off the helmet and admires the dent left by the bullet. A second bullet then pierces his unprotected head, killing him instantly.... Read More
The shield of faith
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So much of what we can see around us looks like defeat for God’s people—Christians get injured, we get laid off from our jobs, we are victims of crime, we get sick, and we die. We all die—and this looks like defeat. But the Bible says in Ephesians 6:11,16, “Put on the full armor of God. . . . Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Through faith... Read More
We Three Kings
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Today your Grace Moment is in video form! Please click on the video below for a face-to-face devotion with Pastor Jeske.        Read More
The breastplate of righteousness
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A few years ago, as street criminals increasingly became more violent and their attacks more deadly, police officers in my city began to wear Kevlar body armor—you know, bulletproof vests—to protect their vital organs. Back in the day, the first piece of armor that any soldier would acquire was a breastplate. Since the chest on a human being is always the biggest target, and because the vital organs are located there, protecting the upper body was of first importance. You... Read More
The belt of truth
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Wouldn’t it be embarrassing to realize that you’re out in public and are missing a piece of clothing? Woops . . . Wouldn’t it be dangerous to be a soldier in battle and realize that you’ve neglected to pack your weapons or helmet? God has not left you helpless in your struggle against Satan. He has provided you with full battle gear to wage your war successfully. But the greatest gear in the world isn’t any good if the soldiers... Read More
Your enemy
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Do you have enemies? I don’t—at least I would like to think I don’t. I try to live in peace with everybody. But that pleasant little plan has one major flaw—the Prince of Darkness, Satan himself, hates me and he hates you too. It is his prime goal to destroy you and me body and soul. That means we’re at war, and we will be as long as we live. It’s an enemy whom we can’t see and we can’t... Read More
Put on all your armor
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Today your Grace Moment is in video form! Please click on the video below for a face-to-face devotion with Pastor Jeske.       Read More
Forgiveness, not payback
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It’s hard to forgive. I know. I am still holding onto some old painful memories as though they were treasury bonds. But I know this, and I want you to know it too: refusing to forgive those who have hurt you will only make you emotionally (and maybe physically) sick.   Refusal to forgive keeps you trapped in an anger prison. Refusal to forgive leads to a false sense of moral superiority. Refusal to forgive poisons and embitters your spirit.... Read More