Jesus is your power to overcome

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  (1 John 4:4)

False doctrine and deceitful spirits are constantly at war against the children of God.

There is a battle raging at all times for control of your mind and power over your heart.  Sometimes it may feel like nothing is coming against you at all, and other times, as if all hell is breaking loose.

Have you been there?  Have you felt the discouragement and distraction, the confusion and concern, the doubt, the defensiveness, the fear?

Take heart, Jesus wants to give you victory!

No matter what spiritual forces come against you, if you’re in Christ, God has provided an even greater spiritual power within you.  It is not just a set of principles, but the active presence of Jesus Christ living in you that will enable you to overcome lies with truth and despair with joy.

So, when you feel the heat rising and the battle intensifying in your life, may you be strengthened by this truth.

Jesus is your power to overcome.

–Pastor Phillip

God is for you when you’re tempted

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 10

GOD IS FOR YOU WHEN YOU’RE TEMPTED

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

God is never disappointed in you when you’re tempted.  He doesn’t look at you with frustration and think, “They should be above this by now.”

In fact, in the Bible we see that Jesus Himself was tempted.  We see that all people are tempted.  We discover that temptation is simply our enemy, Satan, taking a good desire and twisting it out of its proper proportion, direction, timing or priority in our lives.

When God sees you being tempted, He doesn’t get annoyed; He goes into action!  Angels are dispatched to help you.  Circumstances are aligned to assist you.  Escape routes are opened and heaven itself glows with the anticipation of your victory over sin!

When temptation comes your way as it does to all of us, don’t believe for a second that you’re facing it alone.  Don’t accept for a moment the lie that you have to prove yourself to God or that He is displeased that you have struggles.

Jesus’ finished work on the cross paid the full price for your acceptance by the Father and provided you free access to His power.  So, when you find yourself in a struggle, let your heart be strengthened to walk in righteousness and resist the deceitfulness of sin, as you remember the hope of this truth: God is for you when you’re tempted.

-Pastor Phillip


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God delivers those who hope in Him

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 33

GOD DELIVERS THOSE WHO HOPE IN HIM

The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. 
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love, 
that He may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.  (Psalm 33:16-19)

Do you ever feel like you’re in a battle?  Like even the daily routine of life is a fight for the survival of your soul?

We all get to those places in our lives when it seems like a struggle just to hang on and we desperately wish someone or something could get us out of our plight.  When you find yourself there, though, remember this.

The people you’re relying on can’t save you.

The personal strengths you’re counting on can’t save you.

The technology or technique you’re trusting in can’t save you, er.

The only sure hope for deliverance we have is given to us freely, shown to us right here in this passage.  “The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love, that He may deliver their soul…”

We don’t come to God like spoiled children, demanding our way.  We come as humble servants of the great King, with respect and awe of His majesty and goodness.  We also don’t come like cowering slaves afraid of being punished or denied, but with confident hope that even though we don’t always know what form His deliverance will take, our God is going to deliver us because He is kind and compassionate and abounding in steadfast love!

Maybe people have failed you.  Maybe your strength has left you.  Maybe your strategies and support structures have collapsed around you.

Whether they have or not, that day will come.  When it does, though, may you rejoice and find renewed strength as you rest in the hope of this truth: God delivers those who hope in Him.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus is your power to overcome

Scripture Notes on 1 John 4

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  (1 John 4:4)

False doctrine and deceitful spirits are constantly at war against the children of God.

There is a battle raging at all times for control of your mind and power over your heart. Sometimes it may feel like nothing is coming against you at all, and other times, as if all hell is breaking loose.

Have you been there? Have you felt the discouragement and distraction, the confusion and concern, the doubt, the defensiveness, the fear?

Take heart, Jesus wants to give you victory!

No matter what spiritual forces come against you, if you’re in Christ, God has provided an even greater spiritual power within you. It is not just a set of principles, but the active presence of Jesus Christ living in you that will enable you to overcome lies with truth and despair with joy.

So, when you feel the heat rising and the battle intensifying in your life, be strengthened by this truth.

Jesus is your power to overcome.

-Pastor Phillip

Only God can truly save

Scripture Notes on Psalm 108

Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes. (Psalm 108:12-13)

Pride says in every situation, “I can do this. I can fix this. I alone can save the day.” Yet, how truly we see again and again the truth of what Scripture reminds us, “Pride goes before destruction…” (Proverbs 16:18)

Foolishness says to every obstacle, “We can do this! Together we can fix this. With the right people, resources and education, no matter the problem, we can save the day!”

Positive thinking is a good and powerful thing. However, a life with a human-only focus is a living example of Scripture’s reminder, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God,” (Psalm 14:1a) and we are warned that “The companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20b)

How refreshing, then, how encouraging and filled with hope is this reminder: “With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes!”

There is no obstacle He cannot help you overcome, no enemy He cannot help you vanquish. There is no struggle He cannot help you endure, no sin He cannot help you defeat.

Do not look to your own abilities in the day of trouble, and do not lean only on the aid of other people. Look to Jesus, your ever-present help, and let this truth keep your eyes on the true and faithful source of your deliverance.

Only God can truly save.

-Pastor Phillip

My God Will Fight for Me

Ever feel like you’re in a fight you can’t win?

“Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!
With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes.”

– Psalm 108:12-13 

I don’t know about you, but I’m amazed at how instinctively I run to my strategies and backup plans in the day of trouble, rather than go first to my Savior.  I am so quick to jump behind the wheel and try to steer myself to safety, yet I have been given a promise FAR greater than any plan I could conceive.

My God will fight for me.

You and I have a spiritual enemy who desires to destroy us, but for those who’ve trusted Christ for salvation, we have a heavenly Father who has promised to preserve us!  No matter how great the struggle, “With God we shall do valiantly [because] it is He who will tread down our foes.”

That’s good news!  I’m trusting Him today.  How about you?

In the Battle

Ever feel like you’re just fighting to hang on, like each day is a battle?

“The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had valiant men who carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, expert in war, 44,760, able to go to war.
They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. And when they prevailed over them [literally, “they were helped against them,”], the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.” 1 Chronicles 5:18-20

I love how in this account, the people of God cry out to God “in the battle”.

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