Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book

The world has gone crazy. There is so much evil in it and our own country, founded on Godly principles, has become more and more ungodly. From no fault divorce, abortion, gay marriage, and now the denial of even sex (that’s what gender ideology is all about) to promotion of euthanasia. The culture of death is running rampant. God is love and life; Satan is hate and death. He cannot create a single thing but he knows how to destroy and he is hell-bent on destroying us.
But we can fight! The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by Dr. David Jeremiah is a book that can help. Written in a Q&A format, Dr. Jeremiah goes over why there is a need for spiritual warfare, understanding the enemy, and God’s armory.  
He cites much Scripture, but the basis is Ephesians 6. All of it is worth memorizing but especially these:
The Why:
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. ~ Eph 6:10-12
The How:
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Eph 6:14-17
Dr. Jeremiah devotes several pages to each part of the whole armor of God. He has penned a morning prayer to remind us that we are Christian soldiers called to battle. This is a wonderful book for all who are wondering how in the world do we fight evil. Dr. Thigpen writes in an easy-to-understand style that is accessible even for children. It is no small feat.

My only criticism of this book is that he doesn’t include the various prayers (ex. Prayer to St. Michael, litany of the most Holy Name of Jesus and others) that are so powerful in warding off the evil one, along with help from the saints, particularly Mary and Joseph! For this purpose I think Paul Thigpen’s Manual for Spiritual Warfare far superior.
I'm copying this to Amazon as well and I thank BookLookBloggers for providing me with a review copy.


Mirka Breen said...

I wonder if the world has ever not been "crazy," as you put it. Every age seems to have its delusions and from where I stand, I don't know that ours are the worst.
But I can see that traditionally minded people feel embattled. Both for the values denied, and the actions carried in the name of those values.
It was never easy.

Leandra Wallace said...

So much bad stuff happening lately, it seems the last few months has just been wave after wave of sad news. My fil (a pastor) might be interested in this book, I'll have to tell him about it.

Vijaya said...

I agree that every age believes that things couldn't possibly get worse. Evil has been around since the fall of Lucifer and embodied in us since the fall of man. I think what's strikes me as different in our age is how we've lost the sense of good and evil, how we call something evil good.

"wave upon wave of sad news" is right. I couldn't believe yet another suicide bombing attack, this time in Istanbul. I'm sure your FIL is at the forefront of spiritual warfare, given he's a pastor. God bless him.