Saturday, July 08, 2006

the invisible war


I got back from a great week in Texas with my in-laws last night. While I was there I finished reading this terrific work about spiritual warfare. Its written by Chip Ingram. It talks about the armor of God, how to identify spiritual attack, and how to stand fast in the midst of spiritual battles. I highly recommend it. It gave me a lot to think about.

8 comments:

bookworm said...

I haven't read that one. The last one I read on spiritual warfare was "When the Enemy Strikes" by Charles Stanley. Very good book. I have seen some spiritual warfare books make the claim that we should preemptively strike first, but somehow that doesn’t seem to me to be biblically based nor does it seem like a sound idea.

We are glad you are back. Can you give us an update on your book?

Jason Woolever said...

i do recommend the Ingram book. it got great reviews at amazon.com too. Is the Charles Stanley book any good?

thanks, glad to be back!

bookworm said...

The Charles Stanley book is excellent. I started looking into spiritual warfare after an incident on my way home from a bible study last year. I was driving along when out of the blue a million thoughts nailed me that I was worthless, that I had messed up my life to the point that no one would be able to love me, that I would be alone for the rest of my life, and that I should give up on some Kingdom work I was doing because it did not matter. It was one of the strangest things I have experienced. There have been times when negative thoughts have tried to hit before, but I have always been able to recognize them coming and divert them. This time I was powerless to stop them, and by the time I got home I was physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained. The whole thing took place in just a few minutes and stopped as quickly as it started. I read one book that advocates a “proactive” approach where you seek out the enemy, but that seems to me to be insane. I believe I read somewhere that Jesus will defeat the enemy, we are to simply stand firm. I also believe that we fight spiritual battles every day, even though most Christians are in denial of that fact. In his book, Stanley discusses how Satan attempts to trip us up, how to extinguish the fiery darts that come our way, and he discusses how to stand firm in our faith. The only offense offered in the book is God’s word which we are to use to cause the devil to flee from us. He devotes an entire chapter to prayer, which I found to be an encouragement because it forces us to admit who is really in charge. Not sure about you, but left to my own devices I tend to think I can handle anything that comes my way, and that can sometimes get me in trouble. Kind of a long reply, so to answer your question, yes the book is good. If you are studying that topic I highly recommend it.

Jason Woolever said...

cool. thanks. one thing that ingram does is put the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation in the camp of offensive weaponry, not something i've heard before.

bookworm said...

During the Roman period the shield and the helmet were defensive items. Ephesians 6 talks about the shield allowing us to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. I see no mention of moving out on the offense with a shield or helmet. I would really question a teaching that advocates that.

Jason Woolever said...

he doesn't mean that you're supposed to be running into satan and doing a headbutt. he's talking about how the first three are protective that we wear all the time, to have a healthy spiritual life, and the second three become more important when battle is going on.

Anonymous said...

You should do a series on head butting satan. That is just to funny - you crack me up.

mad max said...

I have to agree with Bookworm. As one who has done a tour in the gulf, I know first hand how something that doesn't seem right can be very wrong. I think that it is the same in spiritual war as it is in a "real" war. I am just a seeker who hasn't found what I am looking for, so this is just my opinion.