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Spiritual Warfare for Women

Spiritual Warfare for Women

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An excerpt from Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the Battle for Your Home, Family, and Friends by Leighann McCoy, published by Bethany House.

Do You Know How to Protect Your Family, Your Friends--and Yourself?

The enemy is real, and his mission is to hurt you, your family, and your relationships.

But the enemy has no weapon that could ever compare to God's love.

Leighann McCoy, women's minister and speaker, shows how sometimes the most significant spiritual battles are the ones you fight inside yourself. With warmth and wisdom, she offers practical tips on identifying and combating Satan's most powerful attacks, helping you find the victory that comes through knowing who God is and who you are in Him. Spiritual warfare doesn't always mean plunging headlong into the enemy's camp with sword raised high. Sometimes it comes down to a more subtle war between the lies that imprison and the Truth that will set you free.
An excerpt from Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the Battle for Your Home, Family, and Friends by Leighann McCoy, published by Bethany House.

Do You Know How to Protect Your Family, Your Friends--and Yourself?

The enemy is real, and his mission is to hurt you, your family, and your relationships.

But the enemy has no weapon that could ever compare to God's love.

Leighann McCoy, women's minister and speaker, shows how sometimes the most significant spiritual battles are the ones you fight inside yourself. With warmth and wisdom, she offers practical tips on identifying and combating Satan's most powerful attacks, helping you find the victory that comes through knowing who God is and who you are in Him. Spiritual warfare doesn't always mean plunging headlong into the enemy's camp with sword raised high. Sometimes it comes down to a more subtle war between the lies that imprison and the Truth that will set you free.

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Jul 08, 2011
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Introduction
I almost didn’t write this book for fear I’d be under such attack
from the Enemy that I wouldn’t be able to survive it. But then Irealized that’s the exact reason I had to write.I grew up in a denomination that taught me very little about
spiritual warfare. If ever I asked about the reality of spiritual warfare,
the adults in my world raised their eyebrows, drew me close, andwhispered, “We just don’t talk about things like that.” I wonderedwhy we were whispering.Because little was said and even less was taught, I adopted my
own theology of spiritual warfare. It went something like this: What
you don’t know can’t hurt you. Only people who are a bit wacky
want to get involved in that kind of thing. And, just don’t go there.
But after twenty-plus years as a pastor’s wife, many of those
spent in discovering the incredible power of prayer, my theology of 
spiritual warfare has proven to be not only wrong but grossly false.In fact, I’ve come to realize that the exact opposite is true: What
you don’t know about spiritual warfare most certainly
can
hurt
you—even more because it catches you off guard. People who are
reasonably sane are also targeted for attack. In fact, I discovered thatthe best qualifier for spiritual attack is simply being naïve enough to
 
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start taking God at His Word. And as far as going there, you don’thave to. The Enemy is aggressive and he’ll bring the battle to you.
Then God gave me the opportunity to sit under the teaching of Dr. Neil Anderson (Freedom in Christ Ministries). Dr. Anderson is
a theologian, a pastoral counselor, and a world-renowned teacher. Just the fact that I was having lunch with him at Chili’s across the
street from the Williamson Memorial Gardens was amazing enough.
But as we ate, my husband and I listened to Dr. Anderson ramble.And when Dr. Anderson rambles he says more than most peoplesay when they deliver well-prepared messages. In the midst of hisrambling, he asked us this question: “Wouldn’t it make sense thatwe truly worship that which we most fear?”
I thought for a moment and agreed. Yes, it does make sense
that what we fear most we worship. Our fear drives us to adjust our
behavior so that we honor the object of our fear. I nodded in agree-
ment and thought of the people in India who feared Shiva—thegod of curses personified in the form of a blue snake. They broughtShiva gifts, bowed down before idols of Shiva, placed this image of Shiva in their homes, and wrapped Shiva around their necks. TheHindu people in India worshiped Shiva out of fear.
As I was thinking of Shiva, Dr. Anderson brought his point
home with this: “Many Christians fear Satan more than God.”Wham.Ever have that happen to you? It takes the wind out of yoursails, doesn’t it? Makes you want to sit down and try to shake theimpact. Do I fear Satan more than I fear God? Just as I was trying to wrestle with the thought, he continued,“And that which you fear most becomes a god to you.”Images of idol worship came to my mind. And suddenly I real-ized that in avoiding the subject of spiritual warfare, I had inad-vertently become a worshiper of idols. I had allowed my fear of theEnemy to supersede my worship of God. I was guilty of allowingmy fear to drive me to “worship” a lesser god.

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