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Marriage and Spiritual Warfare – Part 3

“Having put on the breastplate of righteousness” Eph. 6:14b           Jesus told His disciples in Matt. 23:3, “All that they (the scribes and Pharisees) tell you, do and observe, but do not according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.” The Pharisees were self-righteous, that is, they thought they were […]

Humility and Self-Pity

Augustine, speaking of godliness, said, “In that way the first part is humility; the second, humility; the third, humility” (Augustine, Letters, 118). He was not wrong. The Bible is chock full of commands and exhortations to be humble, for example, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:10). To be humble is to have […]

Marriage and Spiritual Warfare – Part 2

“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth.” The call to stand firm is not a call to dig in your heels against your spouse and stand your ground. This is often the posture of a spouse who feels trapped in marital conflict. They think if the make a concession or admit a wrong […]