We all know life can be difficult at times, a downright battle. We can attribute the struggle to circumstances, relationships, our jobs, or our past. We often forget, or overlook, the real root of the battle.
We have an enemy who seeks to drag us down, discourage us, and keep us in a cycle of defeat.
In his book, Warfare: Winning the Spiritual Battle, Tony Evans seeks to open our eyes to the spiritual battle, reveal our contender, and teach us to live in victory.
“The Word of God teaches that what’s really going on in our lives, families, churches, and the world at large is a battle that sits outside time and space, but that determines what happen in time and space. It’s a spiritual battle. And although we live in a physical world, we live in a war zone. Recognizing this reality is the first step toward victory.” (from page 19)
The book returns to the beginning of the battle, between Lucifer and God, taking us through the Garden of Eden to explain the battle of the ages. It is the battle we each must wage with the proper weapons which God has provided for us.
“The reason so many Christians are losing the battle is that they are trying to beat the devil using the world’s weapons. They’re looking to the secular world to help them with their spiritual need …
Unless you choose a spiritual response, all the time, effort, and resources you spend trying to fix the problem will ultimately be a waste of time, a Band-Aid on the situation.” (from page 65)
This book is a vital read for every Christian. It is filled with Biblical teaching on the subject of spiritual warfare. The author writes in a clear, concise, and easy to understand manner for which I was most appreciative.
We are left with much encouragement and hope in waging this spiritual battle:
“One final thing to remember as you wage successful warfare is that the strength that you need to win the battle with the devil has already been supplied to you by God. This is absolutely vital to remember. You already have all that you need to win this war. Your strength is not accumulated nor is it earned. It is supplied by the grace of God, who equips you to live the life to which you have been called.” (from page 209)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.“
(Ephesians 6:10, NASB)
*I was provided a copy of this book by Moody Publishers for review. All opinions are honest and my own.