Gaining and Sustaining Peace

How do you gain peace and sustain it? Maybe if I lived on the beach and every morning I could watch the sunrise glisten on the waters, I would have peace. Or perhaps if I had no struggles or temptations, my heart would abide in peace. But the battle between good versus evil rages on, and no life on earth is free from struggles and temptations. Even the beach has its storms and hurricanes. 



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2 Timothy: Winning the Victory Excerpts

Six excerpts in six weeks. Every week I’ve posted an excerpt from my Bible study, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, about how to win the spiritual battles of life and ministry. You can find these excerpts on my blog by looking for the picture above, or by clicking on the links below.

Is victory possible? Does God show us how to win our everyday battles with temptation, fear, selfishness, spiritual harassment, and opposition to the gospel? What “battle plan” does He lay out for dealing with life’s obstacles and hindrances? ... 


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Our Lord Jesus Christ Is Greater Than Any Enemy

In this final excerpt from my Bible study, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, I want to share with you the go-get’-em, no-holds-barred, let’s-overcome-the-obstacles-and-do-what-God-has-for-us passage. This paragraph comes from the final chapter, and compares our spiritual enemies, who may seem overwhelmingly strong at times, to our God who has almighty power.  

“No matter how fierce the enemy seems—when fear cripples us, anger enrages us, or selfishness possesses us; when adversity crushes us, opposition hounds us, or temptation plagues us—God is greater. In our own strength, we may be no match for the spiritual forces fighting against us, but those forces are ... 

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"I Am with You"

“In the stillness of the night, God whispers, ‘I am with you.’ In the middle of the raging storm, He reassures us, ‘I am with you.’ In every joy, in every trial, in every victory, in every burden, He is with us. He strengthens us for every part of life. He strengthens us for every part of the work.”

- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Day 35, p. 178

God is with us. What comforting words! Because God is with us, we can survive any storm. Because He loves us, He will enable us to overcome any trial and to shine His light in the darkest moments or in the ...


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How to Fight to Win

I needed a way out. A few years ago I was going through my worst struggle. I was hoping for some miraculous key to victory that would solve everything and get me back on the right track. I didn’t realize that it was a thousand little things that would help me to win—to be continually taught and trained by God to overcome. I found help in the pastor’s sermons on Sundays, the Christian songs on the radio, the encouragement and wisdom of my parents, and most of all, the time I spent with God reading His Word. Being in God’s Word for myself enabled me to glean truths and life principles to put in my spiritual arsenal. Victory was attainable. God showed the way.

I can’t pinpoint one key to winning the victory over life’s spiritual struggles and battles. The “battle plan” for each believer will vary according to ...


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Grace Is Essential for Victory

“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1, NKJV). Paul used these words not only to encourage Timothy, his spiritual son, but to tell him how to keep going. Grace is a resource God has given us so we don’t quit. When schedules, problems, and hindrances threaten to overwhelm us, we can draw upon the grace of Christ to win life’s battles.

So grace is not just for salvation; it’s for our daily Christian lives. And its Source is a Person who ...


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Genuine Faith Helps Us to Win

How do we get genuine faith in our generation—faith that overcomes, faith that propels us forward, faith that keeps its focus on God? Timothy had it. The apostle Paul thanked God for this kind of faith in his spiritual son. Scripture tells us that it was “genuine faith” (2 Timothy 1:5, NKJV)—sincere and fervent, tried and proven. Faith has been the hallmark of courageous believers throughout every ...

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Winning Spiritual Victories

Wherever you are in the world reading this, whatever your life may look like (if you’re a believer), we have something in common—we are a part of the same spiritual family and the same team. Each of us is involved in life’s constant struggle between good and evil, in a marathon race of adventures and challenges. Every generation has been called to loving God and knowing Him, to walking through life with Him, and to serving Him faithfully. Our generation is no different. Whatever spiritual battles we are facing, God helps us to win the victory and to make a difference in the world around us.

How does God help us in the struggles of the Christian life? ...

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Scrapbook Cards in Bible Study

I have scrapbooked for almost ten years. I enjoy it as a stress reliever, as an excuse to be with friends, and as a creative outlet. The papers are pretty, the embellishments are snazzy, and the pictures I cherish are preserved for all time in meaningful ways. Until the tape runs out. Then I have to run to the scrapbook store (oh no!) and restrain myself to buy only tape. And maybe one more set of stickers.

A few years ago, my mom Beebe and I found a way to incorporate scrapbooking into our Bible study classes. It can take as little as five minutes of class time to do it. At the end of the class, we pass out little kits to each lady in the group, and inside are pre-cut papers, ribbon, and bling (sparkly stuff). As a group we put together the card which has a principle from the lesson printed on the top layer of paper.

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An Arsenal for Victory - Introducing 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory

What songs do you like to listen to again and again? Is there a song you play when you’re feeling down? I have a couple of playlists on my computer that I play when I need a good pick-me-up song. The playlists include: By Your Side (Tenth Avenue North), Shout to the Lord (Darlene Zschech), The Prayer (Josh Groban and Angie Stone), and My Help Comes from the Lord (The Museum). These songs are a part of my musical “arsenal,” that I use to fight back thoughts of worry and feelings of depression. They remind me that God is great, I can trust Him, and He has a plan.

What about Scripture? Do you have a Scriptural arsenal that you use to defeat negative thoughts that Satan shoots through your mind? When fear threatens to stop you in your tracks, when doubts cause you to worry, when Satan tempts you to give up, what Scriptures do you run to?

I run to 2 Timothy. ...

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