Is Spiritual Warfare Real?

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in The Gospel and the Christian Life, What We Write About

Humanity is fascinated with spirits, ghosts, ghouls, and the mystery of the unseen. This is evident by the enormous amount of time and money, invested in psychics and the supernatural realm. People will religiously read horoscopes and attempt to decipher their astrological “signs,” to no end. The Word of God informs believers to separate themselves from divination and astrologers (i.e. Deut. 18:10Lev. 19:31Gal. 5:20-21), but many “Christians” still want to straddle the fence of living in the world and living in obedience to the Gospel of Christ. I thought (1) it would be wise to reflect on the reality of these dark spiritual forces, which are affecting people’s lives and (2) examine some Scripture to illuminate believers to this reality.
One of the passages (there are many), which tells of the power of darkness, is 2 Kings 3. In this chapter, Jehoram (wicked king of Israel) and Jehoshaphat (good king of Judah) join forces to defeat the Moabites. The end of the chapter is where I would like to focus, it says:
“[The armies of Israel and Judah] went forward, striking the Moabites as they went. And they overthrew the cities…When the king of Moab saw that the battle was going against him… he took his oldest sonwho was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their own land.” (3:24-27)
I have italicized the parts which need emphasis. I found it amazing how an actual demonic sacrifice could impact an outcome. The text tells us that “great wrath” came against Israel. Needless to mention the atrocity and abomination which the Moabite king committed by sacrificing his son; however, the reality that actual evil spiritual forces caused Israel to flee, and not human strength, should be eye-opening, making us ponder the warnings of Paul.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (6:12). Any believer of Christ who honestly thinks that he or she is not affected andeffected by the demonic forces of evil, when delving into witchcraft, astrology, divination, psychics, mediums, and the like, is awfully confused. On the other hand, we need to realize the reality of these forces, even if we do not engage in these activities. Just because we do not practice witchcraft or sorcery, does not mean that these spiritual forces of evil are leaving us alone; to the contrary, they are actively engaged in attempting to ruin your eternal relationship with Christ. As we read in 2 Kings, the Israelite army was defeating the enemy in battle. Christians are called into battle each day and so, how you respond to that battle is imperative.
The rest of Ephesians 6 (verses 13-18) provides for us, ample instruction concerning how to employ the weapons of righteousness, to guard against such attacks. My question to you is this: do you believe that evil forces are attempting to confuse, distract, or destroy you and how do you deal with it?
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Review of Veneer Living Deeply in a Surface society

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Book Reviews, Reviews

Veneer: Living Deeply In a Surface Society is written by Timothy Willard and Jason Locy two men who love the Lord and want to see the people of God know and serve the Lord. In the first five chapters the authors help the reader address the various ways in which today’s culture causes them to live on the surface rather than go deep in relationship with God and others. In chapters six to nine the authors explain what it means to go deep with God and others in relationship. Chapter ten provides the solution for pursuing both God and building health relationships with others.

Veneer is not the book I thought it would be—in fact as I finished it, I thought it was better than I thought it would be. This is a well written easy-to-read book that one could easily read in a day or in a month. The authors combine biblical teaching with cultural analysis and an impressive knowledge of literature. In chapter ten the authors call one first to know the Lord by growing in His Word, prayer and active membership in a local church.

This is a book that any Christian can and should read. This book will help the believer to understand how one is under assault and how God requires that one deals with that assault. I recommend you read Veneer in order to continue to learn how to better love God with all of one’s heart, mind, soul and strength so that you might bring glory to His name in all things.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan  as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

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Review of eye for glory

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Book Reviews, Reviews

An Eye for glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier is written by Karl a. Bacon a long-time student of the Civil War. The book chronicles Michael a citizen solider learns that war is more than battle on the field. While on long marches under extreme conditions, illness and disillusionment Michael’s only desire is to kill as many confederate soliders as he can so he can go home.

After Gettysburg Michael begins to understand the high cost of war upon his soul. He begins to search for the man he once was and the faith he once cherished. With the help of his wife Michael takes steps towards redemption and reconciliation. In this book the author takes firsthand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, and weaves a story that will help you understand the times, culture, and tragedy of the Civil War.  This is good book for those who are interested and or want to learn more about the Civil War.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan  as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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