The book titled, “Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective” by Mr. Brian Borgman and Mr. Rob Ventura is a book designed for all Christians. It is a scripture based book that is very well executed by these two authors. The main focus and reason for this book is based on scripture in the Holy Bible, Ephesians 6:10-20. This is a book ideal for those readers who do not know a lot about spiritual warfare and/or not sure about what it says about it in the Bible. The authors wrote this book in a format that makes it much easier for any Christian to understand it. These authors put a lot of emphasis on this book about what happens when we choose not to stay close to God in all aspects of our life. They also discuss in great detail the six crucial elements that make up the armor of God and why they are necessary in defending ourselves against the enemy. Mr. Steven Lawson, Senior Pastor at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama wrote the foreword in the book and states, “The Christian life is not a playground. Rather, it is a battlefield of spiritual warfare.” This book is a dire warning to all believers of what we will face in the present and the future when we do not follow Jesus Christ and the forces of darkness we will encounter along the way. The more we know about Satan and the more prepared we are for battle, the more likely we will overcome all evil forces we face in everyday life.
Introduction: One Side of the Horse or the Other
Chapter 1: Be Strong in the Lord
Chapter 2: Put on the Full Armor of God
Chapter 3: The Schemes of the Devil
Chapter 4: The Nature of Our Conflict
Chapter 5: The Belt of Truth
Chapter 6: The Breastplate of Righteousness
Chapter 7: The Gospel of Peace Footwear
Chapter 8: The Shield of Faith
Chapter 9: The Helmet of Salvation
Chapter 10: The Sword of the Spirit
Chapter 11: Warfare Prayer
Chapter 12: Warfare Prayer and Proclamation
Chapter 13: Spiritual Warfare Debriefing
Appendix 1: The Sovereignty of God and Satan
Appendix 2: Can a Christian Be Demon-Possessed?
Appendix 3: Christian, Pray for Your Pastors?
This book is very much needed in today’s times when we are faced with so much uncertainty and some troubling times in the remaining days of our temporary life in this fallen secular world. Ephesians 6:10-20 that is the basis of this book helps free us from the worldview fallacy that minimizes our spiritual battle. This book teaches us how to engage in this spiritual battle the correct way and can greatly impact our daily life. We can imagine ourselves as a warrior faced with a daily battle against the relentless enemy and the only way to win this war is by wearing the full armor of God each day. This book clearly points out that we cannot only wear partial gear because when Satan cannot wound us in one place, he will hit in another place when we are caught off guard. Satan is on a mission for us to turn our backs against God so he can knock us down and away from God. The devil has us right where he wants us when we choose not to have faith and stay close to God. The devil makes us weak and God makes us strong so we can ward off the enemy. The only way we can identity his lies is through God’s word in the Holy Bible and this is why it is so important to stay in His word all the time. If we are constantly in prayer and in His word, we stay closer to our protector, God and it makes it harder for the devil to touch us or come near us by causing us to falter to sin. The bible verse passage that really stuck out to me the most in this book is Ephesians 6, verse 12 and 13: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” It is important to stress this important scripture because it describes the very evils that exist today within our socioeconomic political structures instead of the evil and very real enemies in our world.
In Chapters 5 through 10, the authors discuss the effective instruction and forceful armor that are monumental in our defense against Satan. First, the belt of truth is an indispensable piece of armor because truth must remain a central part of our lives since it helps tie everything together in our life that is loose and could cause us to stumble. The devil loves to devour us with lies to make us fall prey to sin. Second, the breastplate of righteousness covers one of the areas that the devil prefers to attack the most which is the heart. All of our actions and thoughts are tied to the heart because this is where our values stem from in each one of us. We fall vulnerable to the devil when he reaches the core of our being because it can affect us emotionally through depression, guilt, anxiety, fear, etc. We must remember that biblical purity and a holy character are the fruits of a true Christian. Third, the gospel of peace footwear is necessary for solid footing in order to fight well through decisive and rapid movement. Our feet help us travel to other places in order to share the gospel of peace with others so they may come to know the spiritual freedom through Jesus Christ. Our feet must also be prepared to stand defensively against the devil in His word of truth. Fourth, the shield of faith spiritually protects us from the devil’s attacks and helps us keep our trust in Him and belief in His words in the Bible. The authors discuss the five ways that we can keep our faith active in the book and references scripture. Fifth, the helmet of salvation will spiritually protect our minds against the enemy’s attacks in our life. Our human behavior is linked to our mind, so when Satan can manipulate us through our mind he can have a bigger and more destructive impact on our life. We must stay focused on our eternal life in Heaven with God when He calls us home because that is the day we will no longer have any struggles. Finally, the sword of the spirit is applicable and used when His word is felt in our heart and mind. We must learn to wield the sword of the spirit to conquer the spiritual warfare in our lives in evangelism, to make our fellow warriors stronger, against sin and temptation, to make our faith stronger, in worship, and against the enemy.
In conclusion, prayer is the core of spiritual warfare and the most effective way Christians gain more strength by God. Prayer is not considered to be a piece of armor, but the means by which the armory is used effectively in our lives. Without prayer in our life, the armor of God is useless in fighting the enemy. The armor of God is comprised of sacred truths that Christians receive through biblical prayer. When we fail to realize our deep need for God in our lives, we often lack consistent prayer time and quiet time in His word daily. When the devil tries to lure us into sin through temptation and his lies, it is our goal to not give in to him that we can gain through God’s strength within us. In the end, we can win this battle because God has supplied us with the six pieces of armor and through constant prayer. Speaking from experience, I can honestly say that I have gained the most peace in my own life through constant prayer and daily scripture reading because it allows me to have the quiet time I need with my Savior and stay focused on Him through my faith. We live in such tumultuous times today and the best thing we can do as Christians is to remain faithful to God because He will pull us through anything we face in life. This is by far the best book I have read on the subject of spiritual warfare and I want to thank both these authors for taking the time to write such a well written book for all Christians to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the subject and for all Christians to gain a better understanding of how to fight off our enemy. I will continue to pray for all pastors as they continue to speak God’s truths with the world.
Rating: 5 Stars
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