aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Debbie McDaniel Christian Blog and Commentary

Debbie McDaniel blogspot for Debbie McDaniel of Fresh Day Ahead

We're in a battle in this world. We may not see it, we might forget it's there. And the enemy would love nothing more than for us to live unaware, filling our lives with discouragement and defeat, bringing fear and stress, stirring up busyness and strife.

God’s Word reminds us of this truth: “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Cor. 10:3-4

If you're a believer living like salt and light in a dark world, you won't go for long without encountering obstacles and attacks that the enemy or evil forces will hurl your direction. But God never leaves us on our own. He equips with all we need to stay aware of Satan’s schemes, to live alert in this world, and to stay close to Him. In order to fight wisely and stand strong in the battle, we must know what those weapons are that God has made available for us, and how to effectively use them.

7 Powerful Weapons of Our Warfare:

The Power of Prayer – God invites us to have a relationship with Him, He desires for us to spend time in His presence, pressing in to know Him more. He reminds us constantly in His word of the importance of prayer and the power that is found there. He tells us to pray without ceasing. And even when we don’t know what to say, He tells us that the Spirit intercedes for us. He never leaves us to fend for ourselves in a dark world, but reminds us that He is constantly with us, fighting for us, even when we cannot see.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Eph. 6:18

“…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16

The Power of God’s Word - He arms us with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to stand against the enemy’s lies. Praying God’s words back to Him, is a powerful weapon against the forces of evil. It is Truth going out into enemy territory. It reminds us that God knows our way and understands what we face today. It builds our faith and our trust in God. It guards our hearts and focuses our minds back on Him.

Yet, you can be assured that the enemy himself also knows God’s Word. And He will twist and manipulate Truth in order to deceive and bring confusion to our hearts. He did this to Eve in the Garden of Eden. He attempted to do the same when Jesus fasted in the wilderness. And he does it today. He's a liar and deceiver and will try to turn things around to bring doubt. But he doesn’t have to win. Light is always greater than darkness. As we grow to know God’s Truth and what is real, we'll also know more of what is false. And we are stronger to stand against his lies in the powerful name of Jesus.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Heb.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” 2 Tim. 3:16

The Power of Praise – Praise invites God’s Presence. He dwells close to us when we praise Him. And praise is a powerful weapon as well. It makes the enemy flee. It pushes back the darkness the surrounds, and blocks the attacks and hissing lies over us. Evil will not stick around if we’re praising our God, who will fight our battles for us. In the story of Jehoshaphat, we see God miraculously defeat the enemy, because of the people’s obedience to praise Him.

“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” 2 Chron. 20:22

“He inhabits the praises of His people.” Psa. 22:3

The Power of the Holy Spirit - God fills us with strength, wisdom, and discernment through His own Spirit to stay strong in the battle. He never leaves us to fend for ourselves and fight in our own strength. We need His fresh filling every day, we need the empowerment that only He can offer. The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to share the gospel of Christ, it guides us, teaches, convicts us of sin, helps us, and equips us to live with courage in a dark world. Every believer has the gift of God’s Spirit dwelling within them. The same power that raised Lazarus from the dead, parted the sea, broke open prison doors, and caused the lame to walk, is the same powerful Spirit still alive and at work within us today.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8

“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Rom. 8:26

The Armor of God – God reminds us not to fight without being prepared and equipped for battle. He tells us to take up his full armor in order to stand against the enemy’s schemes. Each piece has a purpose and is designed for our protection and covering.

“Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph. 6:11-17

Obedience to Christ –Our willingness to obey the words and commandments of Christ in a world that would say to walk our own way is huge. It sets a powerful example that says we are willing to die to our own desires and live for the glory of God. But it will never happen naturally. Our very flesh, our own desires and sin nature will fight against it every step of the way. It’s a daily choice that says we will be careful of every thought, we will take up our cross daily and follow Christ’s ways, not our own.

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” 2 Cor. 10:5

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matt. 16:24

The Blood of Christ and the Word of Our Testimony – We are overcomers in this life because He has overcome. And our lives are hidden in Christ with God. No enemy or obstacle can touch our souls. When we have been set free by the blood of Christ and the power of His sacrifice by death on the Cross, we have a new identity in Him. We've been bought with a price, we are not our own, but covered by the grace and forgiveness of Jesus. We live victorious, and no demon or darkness can ever separate us from the love of God which is in Christ our Lord. There is Power in the Name of Jesus.

"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Rev. 12:11

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:57

Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's facebook page,, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also at and

Some days get hard. We feel exhausted. Worn. Tired of fighting. About ready to give up. Feeling like we can’t go on. Struggling through defeat. The enemy seems to be hot on our trail. And we wonder if we’ve been left on our own.

For those who are battle-weary, His Truth over us for this day…

We’re not alone. Not ever. God won’t let go, though we may struggle with the lies that He’s left us fending for ourselves in hard times. His Word is filled with reminders that He fights for us still today. It never says this life will be easy. He never promises that we won’t get weary, or that we won’t face an enemy or a giant. But He does say we can come to Him and He will give us rest. He does promise to fill us with the power of His Spirit and that His joy will be our strength. He does remind us that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s. He does say that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of darkness in this life.

In Exodus 17, the Israelites were facing a fierce enemy. The Amakelites were approaching. They killed for sport and were on the attack against God’s people. Moses told them that as Joshua led the people in battle, he would go up to the top of the hill and hold out the staff of the Lord over them. And God’s Word tells us that for as long as his hands were held up, the Israelites were winning, but when his arms got weary, the enemy began to overtake them. So Aaron and Hur came, and held up his hands. One on one side, and one on the other.  And a miracle happened that day. Even though all odds were stacked against them, the people defeated this strong enemy.  For God is stronger than any enemy we face. He gave them victory, for they believed, “The Lord is my banner…For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” v. 15-16

This story reminds us that some days, even the best of leaders, even the strongest…can get weary. 

Even those who know Truth, even those who walk closely with God, who believe in Him and in His power, even they…can get tired.

None of us are immune. Life is hard some days. And often there’s not even just one “big” thing, but just lots of little battles that can drain us dry. Parenting, marriage, job, relationships, fears, worries about the future, experiencing loss, discouragement, illness, money problems – it all can leave us beaten down and worn. But, praise God, He gives us one another to help in times when we just feel like, “I can’t anymore…”

We’re all in this life thing together, let’s help each other today. Give an encouraging word, smile at someone, write a note, send a text, buy someone a coffee, pray for another soul and let them know that you’re praying, anything, just to remind a fellow believer that you’re holding up their battle-weary arms. And that you’re with them.

And God is with us.

He will never fail us.

We can lift up our hands, no matter how tired we might feel, to the throne of grace, our Lord Almighty.

He will give us strength, He will bring the victory, even when we feel outnumbered or too tired to keep pressing on.

So thankful for His truth.

Peace to you this day, He’s fighting for you.

And He won’t let go.

“Dear God,

The battle feels intense some days. We get tired and weak, weary and worn. It’s hard to keep going in the face of defeat. But help us to remember that you will never leave us, that you’re our Refuge and our Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. We know that the enemy wouldn’t be fighting so hard against us, if we weren’t making a difference for your Kingdom. He wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop us, if he didn’t think you had so much good still in store. Remind us that the battle belongs to you, and whatever we’re up against can be taken down in one fail swoop by your Mighty Hand. Help us to trust you more, to never waste time spinning our wheels and wrestling or fighting in our strength. Please forgive us Lord for the times we’ve failed to lift our hands to you, for the days we’ve forgotten to come to you first. Fill us with the Power of your Holy Spirit this day. Fill us with your joy, fill us with your wisdom and discernment, fill us with constant reminders that Your Presence will go with us, and you will give us rest.

Thank you for the victories in our lives, that have no explanation except, “God did this.” We give you the glory and honor for all that you’re doing in our lives every day, even in the times we can’t see it all, or understand your ways.

Help us to keep our eyes on you. Help us to see when another soul around us needs to be encouraged too. Help us to be faithful to carry one another’s burdens, remembering that we’re all in this life together, and there’s great power in unity.

We love you and we need you. We lift up our hearts and hands to worship you. Thank you that your banner over us is love.

In the Mighty Name of Jesus we pray,


11 Reminders of Hope for the Battle-Weary:

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Ps. 73:26

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you…” Deut. 33:27

“The battle belongs to the Lord…” 1 Sam. 17:47

“The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Ex. 33:14

“’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zech. 4:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6

“…Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Neh. 8:10

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Ps. 46:1

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex. 14:14

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 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. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” Eph. 6:11-13

Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's facebook page,, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also at and at

Sometimes in the midst of heated political battles and uncertain times, it's difficult to even know how to pray or where to begin. We just know we have a deep ache in our hearts that cries out for God's mercy, and a longing to see him heal our land. Maybe other times we wonder how effective our prayers even are. 

Yet God is faithful, no matter how we feel, and His Presence of power and peace still reigns over all that swirls around us in our nation today. 

That same power that broke prison chains, raised Lazarus from the dead, and parted the Red Sea, the same power that healed the blind man, and delivered the delirious from demons, that same power is at work even today.

He is the same. Yesterday, today, and forever.

May we stand together in unity as believers in Christ, and pray for God to heal our land, and strengthen His people. May we pray for all those in authority. May we pray for God’s miraculous intervening, for blind eyes to be opened, for many to see the power of our Lord as never before.

And for times when it’s difficult to know what to pray, we can trust these words as a place to begin, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26

We are never left to fend for ourselves, wrestling in worry, consumed with fear, or driven towards hate. He reminds us He is with us, He will help us, that He hasn't lost control, but has a plan. And His purposes will prevail.

He hears our prayers, He knows our needs. There's great power in uniting together, turning our hearts towards God, and praying on behalf of our country and future.

Remembering today this powerful truth upon which this nation was founded. We are "One Nation Under God." He is where our real hope is found, not in our leaders, not in our economy, not in the condition of our nation today, or any other day.  " hope comes from Him." Ps. 62:5

20 Verses of Hope for our Nation:

“Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” 1 Kings 8:28

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He choose for His inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

“He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge…” Isaiah 33:6

It is “God who changes the times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:21

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

 “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

"Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying." Romans 12:12

 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

"And Jesus said to him, "'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." Mark 9:23

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations." Psalm 22:28

"The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will." Proverbs 21:1

"Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king." 1 Peter 2:17

 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

"They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord." Psalm 112:7

"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty." Zechariah 4:6

"So now, our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplications, and for your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine..." Daniel 9:17

"The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." Zephaniah 3:17

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9

Prayer for our Nation:

Dear God,

Thank you for your great power.  We praise you for your Truth.  We’re grateful that you have set us free from the clutching grasp of sin and death.

Would you be with your people, extending your grace, granting your freedom, providing your protection, and empowering with your strength.  We ask that you'd bring about an awakening of your presence as never seen before.  We ask that your Name be proclaimed, that all plans to silence the Name of Jesus would be thwarted and crushed.

We pray that many would come to know you as Lord and Savior, we pray that many would see your Light, that you would open blind eyes and release those still imprisoned.

We pray that you would unify your people for the glory of your Name, that all who call themselves Christians would rise up, believing your great Truth.

Wake us up Lord! Remind us to live aware, to redeem the time, to listen to your words, to be willing to make a difference in this land.

We pray for all those in authority, that you would give them your wisdom and discernment as they lead. We ask that you would appoint strong, faithful men and women to serve this nation and our people.

We pray for your great healing on our land. Shine your face on us dear God. We need you now, more than ever before. Our times are in your hands.

Thank you that you are rich in mercy and full of grace. Thank you that you are forgiving and merciful. Thank you that you are strong and mighty. Thank you that you are for us and that you fight for us still today.

Bring honor to your Name, Oh Lord, for You alone are worthy.

In the Powerful Name of Jesus we pray,



Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's facebook page,, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also at and