Yesterday I dropped by the OMF Lit. Bookstore at Boni to browse for a book I could buy for myself as an advance Christmas gift. It was a good timing because the bookstore is now on a Christmas 20% discount sale, and I thank God for that.
They have many new good books, really, but there's a particular one (not a new one, though) that really caught my attention. The book is entitled "When The Enemy Strikes: The Keys To Winning Your Spiritual Battles" by Charles F. Stanley. I did a little peeping through a couple of pages of the book and was made convinced this one's really for me. In short, I didn't hesitate to purchase one.
The book is about identifying who our spiritual adversary is (if you think you know him already, think again), the tactics he is using to bring us down and destroy our joyous fellowship with the Lord, and the defenses and offenses we must make to counter the enemy's constant assault. Here's what its jacket has to say regarding its contents:
Fear, discouragement, loneliness, anger, temptation. These struggles are common to every human. Yet not all circumstances or negative emotions originate within. They could be the result of a willful, coordinated assault of Satan.
In When The Enemy Strikes, best-selling author Dr. Charles Stanley explores the often-overlooked reality of spiritual warfare--the tactics used by Satan to taunt, confuse, slander, and harm. Your adversay wants to crush your will, delay your promise, hinder your destiny, destroy your relationships, and lead you into sin. Dr. Stanley reveals how you should respond.
The most important component of warfare, says Dr. Stanley, is the supremacy of God--both His sovereignty and His power. Practically, this means the battles you face are ultimately allowed by God to bring you to a place of greater reliance on Him. His strength crushes the enemy.
This is a world of conflict between good and evil, of powers beyond the merely human. The battle is unavoidable, but take heart! God has given you the strength to stand.-Jeph