The Deathly Kingdom

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  (Ephesians 6:12)

How have you seen the Kingdom of darkness? Be as personal as you are comfortable with. No rants, please!


  1. Vicky Baxter on May 29, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I have a high level job with a lot of influence and every day I fight to go to work because I feel I am not enough. The enemy robs me of my joy when I accomplish something noteworthy or make a difference in others lives. Instead of joy and celebration, I feel an overwhelming sense of dread. I can’t enjoy the headway made because I anticipate an attack looming.

    • Maury on May 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Wow, Vicky. Thanks for sharing this. You’re an amazing person who rushes in where most would fear to go. And you pull it off! But I can see how fear could rob you from the joy of the fight. The enemy loves to rip us off, that’s for sure. Soldier on!

  2. Dan D on May 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I appreciated your comments tonight. They are right on point. I also appreciate your openness and vulnerability as well as Vicky’s comments. I can in many ways relate and share in both. I am 57 this year and just beginning to attend seminary. I am not a pastor of any church or actively involved in any “ministry”. My daily struggle and fight is the question of why? Am I really following God’s direction? Do I really feel called or did I make all of this up? Why am I not being called by a church or have a clear direction as to where He wants me? Uggghh.!@#!! Very discouraging. To boot, I work in a thankless job and often struggle with morale there. If I am not constantly on my knees, the path to defeat is quick and decisive.

    • Maury on May 29, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Dan, Man can I relate. I told Julie that every day I have to get up and FIGHT. It seems there are always two paths before me: the downward path to despair/failure/futility and an upward path to success/hope/purpose. The battle is a very real one. I like what you said at the end, “If I’m not on my knees…” It shows you know how to fight, dear brother. Fight on!

  3. Otis Calvin on May 31, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I would like to reply to Dan As I too some times am discouraged and wonder if I am in God’s will. But I have discovered that if I press on He shows me that he is always in the boat with me. I will be 57 in Aug. I just completed Siminary in 2015,Doc was my New Testament Instructor, man you are never too old this will change your already close relationship with God. It will make you stronger. And remember If you lead one to Christ and he leeds millions what a testamony.

    • Maury on May 31, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thanks for the encouragement, Otis. And great to hear from you!

  4. Lori B. on June 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    The comments left here are comforting, since I have been searching for a ministry position for two years post-seminary. I have my MDiv & master’s in education but nearly every job I’m qualified for want men, not women. Underneath self-doubt and confusion, I feel a growing faith and confidence that God is directing my path into some new direction. Not sure quite what that is. But it seems my current life situation is not outside His will either. Maury’s description of Faith being more accurately described as Trust demonstrates exactly what is growing in my relationship with God; He is fighting for Trust to grow.

    • Maury on June 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Well, first of all, Lori, I HATE the way gender closes so many doors. It should not be! But I love the way you are allowing Christ to teach you trust in the midst of it. I’ll join you in praying for a place to let your light shine. You got a lot of light to shine!

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