Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know about Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare by Chip Ingram

51UHRnz92EL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_ Our men’s breakfast book club read this Book over April. This is the second book which we have read on spiritual warfare and I feel this is an important topic for our church. Satan delights in nothing more than trying to disrupt and destroy the church, friendships and fellowship. For Chip, he suggests that there are 5 basic truths we must be aware of: Basic Truth #1: There Is an Invisible World – you may rarely see it or you may have NEVER ‘seen it’ or experienced it – but it is real. Basic Truth #2: We Are Involved in an Invisible War – you may not like the term, but it is the truth.  We are in the middle of a war. Basic Truth #3: Our Foe Is Formidable – don’t think you can take satan on as you please. He is dangerous… Basic Truth #4: We Must Respect Our Foe but Not Fear Him Basic Truth #5: We Do Not Fight for Victory; We Fight from Victory The rest of the book revolves around these basic truths. Section one looks at What Every Believer Needs to Know; section two examines How to Prepare Yourself for Spiritual Battle; section three shows How to Do Battle with the Enemy and Win and finally section four explores Deliverance from Demonic Influence. The bottom line for Ingram is that every believer needs to:

  • maintain a healthy spiritual life.
  • Understand your position in Christ as spelled out in the first three chapters of Ephesians.
  • Discern when demonic influence may be the cause.
  • Claim God’s promises out loud.
  • Then take your authority and position in Christ, and command the demonic forces to cease their activity and depart.

I think this is a valuable book for every christian to read. It is easy to understand and well laid out. But most importantly it challenges us to be aware of and helps equip us in the spiritual battle each of us is involved with. Let me finish with an exhortation from Ingram; I urge you, then, as a matter of utmost importance, to be strong in the Lord. Stand firm and be alert. Gird yourself and use your weapons. Above all, pray. You represent the greatest army in all of history , and you fight for the greatest of causes . When the King comes in victory, you will receive the honors of a valiant warrior. And the invisible war will never need to be fought again

The Strategy of Satan by Warren W. Wiersbe

 

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Warren Wiersbe’s The Strategy of Satan is not a ‘sensationalist’ book, but a deeply thought out, biblically based understanding of what we as Christian’s need to be aware of.

We are in the midst of a spiritual battle, much of which we do not see, but of which we are a part. Wiersbe writes that: It comes as a shock to the new believer that the Christian life is a battleground and not a playground. In my pastoral ministry, I could always tell when a new Christian was starting to mature, because he found himself fighting battles. This was a good sign because, as Spurgeon used to say, “Satan never kicks a dead horse!”

With that said, we need to understand about the battleground and the enemy. Wiersbe will open your eyes and deepen your understanding of where Satan targets us (the mind, the body, the will & the heart and conscience); what he uses to attack us (lies, suffering, pride and accusations); why he attacks us (because we are ignorant of God’s will, impatient of God’s will, independent of God’s will or indictment BY God’s will); and our defence against his attacks (the word of God, the grace of God, the indwelling Spirit and Christ’s intercessions).

One of the most poignant warnings that Wiersbe gives is not to give satan a beach-head in your life: If the believer cultivates in his life any known sin, he is giving Satan an opportunity to get a foothold, a beachhead in his life. Satan will then use this opportunity to invade and take over other areas. Paul warns in Ephesians 4:27, “And do not give the devil an opportunity.” The word translated “opportunity” simply means a place such as a city or a building. But it carries the idea of a foothold or opportunity, a chance to operate. The J. B. Phillips paraphrase of Ephesians 4:27 reads, “Don’t give the devil that sort of foothold.” In the language of warfare we would say, “Don’t give the devil a beachhead.”

This really is a MUST read for ALL Christian’s. Spiritual warfare is real and it is dangerous. This is one of the best books to help you be prepared and ready for whatever the enemy throws at you.