Spiritual Warfare

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book (Thomas Nelson, 2016)

In The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book, Dr. David Jeremiah reminds us that the Christian life is a battlefield. Our battle is not with the culture or with those who do not believe in God but with an enemy unseen and powerful.

Using a question-and-answer format, Dr. Jeremiah answers 75 questions pertinent to spiritual warfare. Each question forms a short chapter with answers rooted in scripture and practical application. Particularly relevant is the introductory section that answers the question, How can I be certain I’ve been called to battle? His answer is succinct and sobering: if you are a Christian, you are in battle—and you don’t have to lose.

The first major section of the book describes our enemy, Satan, and his legions of demons. Covering such topics as Satan’s origin to Satan’s power and organization, The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book gives us an explanation as well as the encouragement that although our enemy is powerful, his power has a limit an extent as does the time God has allowed him to do evil.

The primary section of the book focuses on the armor of God from Ephesians chapter 6. Dr. Jeremiah explains each part of the armor of God, how to put it on, and what role it plays in spiritual warfare.

I particularly enjoyed this quote on prayer:

If . . . you have two productive days of watchful prayer, [Satan] might let you believe that you have finally mastered the discipline of prayer. Then, on the third day when you fail to be watchful in prayer, he will tell you that you’re a failure, that you’ve completely blown it, and that there’s no use trying any further. If you miss one day of fruitful prayer, Satan can try to convince you that you’re beyond help and hope — that you needn’t try again.

The conclusion includes a simple prayer for the prayer warrior as well as a reference guide full of Scripture verses pertinent to spiritual warfare.

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book speaks plainly and practically about the spiritual warfare that should be a normal part of the Christian life.

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