Your Real Worst Spiritual Enemy Is Closer Than You Think

"Give me the reins." I'll always remember when the Holy Spirit spoke those four words to my heart. It was clear He wasn't asking for one "rein" he wanted all my "reins."

Of course, I immediately thought of a horse's reins. The rider uses the reins as a restraining influence to control the animal with his guiding power. That example coupled with Scripture offered me insight into what the Holy Spirit meant—and delivered me into a new level of freedom in Christ.

When David invited Jehovah to, "Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart" (Ps. 26:2 KJV), he was speaking of his emotions. The Hebrew word translated reins in this verse means "seat of emotion and affection."

David, the man who asked one thing from the Lord—to dwell in His house all the days of his life and to gaze on His beauty and seek Him in His temple (see Ps. 27:4)—was confident in who he was in God. Despite the warfare, despite the betrayal, despite the rejection—despite it all—David submitted his emotions to God.

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A Powerful Prophetic Promise for the Weary

If perception is reality, then a godly perspective of your trials and tribulations can deliver you from your worst enemy: your own unrenewed mind.

I can't tell you—and, in fact, I'd probably be embarrassed to admit—just how many times I've allowed the perspective of my unrenewed mind to dictate my thoughts, feelings and emotions in the midst of what I perceived as overwhelming pressure. I can't tell you how many times I didn't think I could take another step; how many times I felt like giving up, calling it quits, throwing in the towel—and moving to some remote tropical island where the devil was less likely to find me.

Then after completely discouraging myself (instead of doing what David did and encouraging myself in the Lord), I discover that the pressure isn't as pressing as my perception of reality made it out to be. I was foiled by the enemy that is my unrenewed mind. I took the bait—hook, line and sinker—by looking at the smoke and mirrors of circumstantial evidence through eyes weary from the spiritual battle. (Can I get a witness? Surely, I'm not the only one.)

Why We Need God's Perspective

Of course, later I realize that things weren't really as bad as they looked with my natural eyes. That's why I have asked the Lord over the years to teach me how to quit looking at things through my natural eyes and begin looking at them through eyes empowered by a mind that is set on the things of the Spirit. Paul put it like this: "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Rom. 8:5-6).

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Why I’m Praying for Bill Cosby—and Those Accusing Him of Rape

My jaw dropped this morning when I read about the fifth woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual abuse. My first prayer: Father, let the truth come out.

Model Janice Dickinson flat out accused the comic genius of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1982. The revelation came during an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET).

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What Myles Munroe Taught Me About Miracles

I've had to report on the deaths of many great men of God over the years—and each of their lives and deaths impacted me. When I got the call that Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, were killed in a private plane crash on their way back to Grand Bahama on Sunday night, it was as difficult to believe as when David Wilkerson was killed in…

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Exposing—and Battling—Satan’s Deadly Trio

I had been on the mission field in one-hundred-degree weather in a nation known for its false gospel for more than a week—and battling principalities and powers every step of the way.

Laboring to take the Good News to a nation where the spirit of Jezebel wields an especially wicked influence brings an onslaught against your mind and sometimes even unpleasant manifestations in your body.…

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Is Giving Someone the ‘Silent Treatment’ Really Like Witchcraft?

Spiritual witchcraft is real and I've written plenty about it in recent weeks because the spiritual climate tightens in the midst of demonic fall celebrations like Halloween. But there's another type of witchcraft that is ugly in its own right. It's not altogether demonic—but it's certainly carnal—and it still wreaks havoc on the lives of Christians who receive it.

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