I was just recently introduced to Gods Plan for Spiritual Battle: Victory over Sin, the World, and the Devil through Life Sentence Publishing, LLC. While the original plan was to receive a complimentary book of my choice in exchange for a review, it has gone much deeper than that. After receiving the book and as I begin to read just the introduction and preface, I knew that a simple “review” just would not do this book justice. You see, Author Russell M. Stendal has packed so much vital information within the pages of this book that needs to be shared far and wide! There was just no way for me to narrow down some things or condense information that I felt was reaching off of the page, yearning to be shared with the world. Therefore, I have turned this “review” into a series which we will cover here. For now, I will say that this book had me from the first few pages when he talked about being kidnapped and held hostage. I was already hooked before I ever made it to the very first chapter.
If you’d like to read along, I invite you to check out the links provided above to order. Otherwise, we invite you to join us as we dive into this book. We will discover how to overcome evil with good by seeking the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit. Follow along as we discuss the Beatitudes.
In the words of the author, found in the preface:
What I believe it boils down to is that many of the people who are calling themselves God’s representatives, calling themselves members of God’s church, calling themselves part of the body of Christ, really, truly are not manifesting Jesus Christ through their lives, their attitudes, or their actions. They are not fighting the battle according to His plan. What many call Christianity is in reality humanism, religious humanism, and it will not, cannot, stand against the enemy. Religious persons and organizations are doing their own things in the name of God, expecting God to bless them, and He won’t. He can’t. God has some powerful things to say about it.
He goes on to say:
I want to look at the Beatitudes, not just in the light of something you can define as “Isn’t this wonderful? Aren’t they logical? Doesn’t it all fit beautifully?” but in the light of a battle plan, in the light of “This is something that we can begin to practice and implement in our lives, so that we will be able to stand in the day of evil that is coming. So that when everything else is shaken, we won’t be shaken (Hebrews 12:26-27). Do you want to stand? Do you want what you believe to be your Christian faith to fail the minute there is some adversity? Or do you want to develop godly character in your life that will stand against any attack of the enemy, so that the storm can rage, the winds howl, and the floods rise, yet your house stands firm because it was founded on the rock.
That is powerful!
And there is more to come in this series!