Category: Mike Varnadore

“The Power of the ROCK—A David and Jesus Study” by Mike Varnadore

As the shepherd-turned-warrior reached into the brook that day–only moments away from engaging in what would become the legendary battle of a lifetime–he did something that has been the object of much speculation and conjecture down through the preceding centuries: he drew out 5 smooth stones.  The question is: why 5?  While Scripture is silent as to David’s exact reason(s), many believe that Goliath also had 4 brothers.  Perhaps David intended to make it a 5-for-1 deal that day should they have decided to intervene?
 
Personally, I like to think of that 5-fold collection of stones as representing an infinitely greater and more powerful force—J-E-S-U-S.  With the Lord by David’s side that day, he couldn’t miss because the power wasn’t in the stone at all—it was in the ROCK who was guiding it.  Consequently, it was that same spiritual ROCK who, many years later, entered into a far greater battle of eternal significance and, in similar fashion, bruised the head of Satan in defeat—abolishing forever the gargantuan power of sin and death on behalf of all who trust in Him.  Romans 8:3 says it like this: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.
 
Strength and Honor.
Mike Varnadore

 

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“Joshua encounters the Captain of the Host of the Lord!” by Mike Varnadore

Much could be (and has been) said about the integrity and strength of God’s warrior, Joshua.  From his humble service under Moses to his victorious conquest at Jericho as God’s newly appointed leader of Israel, we see a man who trusted God and was used mightily by Him.  Joshua witnessed first-hand the awesome power of God time and again throughout Israel’s journey to the promised land, but one key event stands out to me. 
In Joshua 5:13-15 we read about Joshua’s encounter with the armed and ready ‘captain of the host of the Lord’, who appeared to him with sword in hand and encouraged him for the upcoming battle at Jericho.  No doubt, this encounter with Christ Himself served to strengthen Joshua and gave him the confidence needed to advance forward in the mighty calling which God had entrusted to him. 
Like Joshua, we too can proceed with confidence in our Christian callings today, knowing that this same Jesus has not only promised to walk with us, but also IN us, through this world.  While this does not make us exempt from temptations, trials, or battles, we can rest in God’s full assurance and promise that, through faith and reliance upon the Captain of our salvation, we are victorious over them all. 
 
Strength & Honor!
 
Mike Varnadore

 

“From Death to Life” a Samson study by Mike Varnadore

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“O Lord God, remember me…”. 

Samson spoke these words as he stood bound and blinded between those two infamous pillars.  It was a desperate cry for help that was heard and answered by almighty God Himself.  A great deliverance was wrought that day, even as the man himself died.  In this we have a portrait of salvation, for where Samson’s story ends, the Christian’s story begins!  Through repentance and faith in Christ, we too experience God’s glorious deliverance as we pass from the power of darkness into marvelous light and are thereby released from the oppressive dominion of sin over us, as the atonement is applied to our hearts and minds.  We are crucified with Christ, yet we live and walk in the newness of life–having been raised up with Him by the mighty power of God and transformed spiritually into new creatures!   No longer the slaves of satan, we are born again as the beloved sons of God! 

As it was for Samson, so it is for the Believer in Christ; the defining moment of victory in our lives is brought about via death to ourselves. 

Strength & Honor.

“A Warrior’s Weapons… Meekness & Sacrifice.” by Mike Varnadore

Teethed bared, biceps bulging, glistening sword raised high while charging forward with the cry of battle;  This is the image often conjured in our minds when we think of a warrior.  However, without even so much as drawing a sword, mighty Boaz was able to defend a family’s honor and preserve the life of an entire bloodline.  Instead of physical power and might, the strength he utilized to accomplish these feats of valor came from within, as did his weapons—meekness (not weakness) and self-sacrifice.   Not surprisingly (and quite fittingly), from his bloodline, there sprang another Redeemer who, by means of that same Spiritual strength and artillery, became the greatest Warrior of them all—Jesus Christ.
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Strength & Honor
Mike Varnadore

“TO FEAR OR NOT TO FEAR?” A Gideon Study by Mike Varnadore

That really is the question, isn’t it?
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One thing that I have come to understand from the story of Gideon is that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather it is the ability to overcome the fear that we feel.  Was Gideon fearful to begin with?  Absolutely! 
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What made the difference was his ability to allow his fear of the Lord to swallow up his fear of man.  When God calls us to do things that we have never done before, or to do that which seems to be beyond our ability, it is only natural for us to feel a sense of apprehension and to be fearful of the unknown.  However, the Bible tells us in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love casts out fear—not just God’s perfect love for us, but our perfect love for Him.  When we love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, we will find it easy to set aside our fears in order to please and obey Him; therein lies the key to being a victor rather than a victim. 
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True warriors  of Christ needn’t consult with flesh and blood, but are to echo the resounding cry of the disciples in the book of Acts that it is better to obey God than to hearken unto men (this includes hearkening to our own discouraging thoughts and perceptions of what could happen).  We have God’s promise that those who trust in Him will never be ashamed or confounded because He will see us through to victory in the battle. 
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Victory has already been assured to us just as it was to Gideon, and now it’s our turn to take God at His Word and pull down the strongholds of the enemy of our age, Satan.  If God be for us, who cares who is against us? 
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For it’s not by might, nor by power, but by HIS Spirit that we will overcome. 
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Strength & Honor.
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Mike Varnadore