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Your Key to Win at Spiritual Warfare!

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With some people, spiritual warfare has become nothing more than a “bloodbath” against the devil. Think about it. We are fighting against an enemy who has already been defeated. Does this mean that we get to bypass spiritual warfare altogether? Far from it. Instead, we must learn how to engage darkness Biblically—otherwise, we run the risk of falling prey to the serpent’s age-old deceptions.

Your Enemy’s Time-Tested Strategy
The apostle Paul gives us instruction so that we would not be ignorant of his (satan’s) designs (2 Cor. 2:11, ESV). The NIV uses the phrase schemes in regard to the enemy’s strategy against you and I.

One of the devil’s ultimate schemes is to keep you ignorant of who you are and what you possess in Christ. In Kyle Winkler’s outstanding new book, Silence Satan, you will receive a Bible-based battle plan that equips you to come against one of Satan’s most prevalent tactics against Christians today: Ignorance of identity.

Your enemy loves to keep you in this place of perpetual struggle, for you are engaging in a war that, in and of your own human strength, you are ill-equipped to win. Truth be told, when it comes down to a person of flesh and blood being pitted against a malevolent spiritual being—the devil/his demons—we will lose every time. It’s simply not a fair fight, as the spiritual will always triumph over the natural.

An Unfair Fight… Fixed at Calvary
But let me tell you about an equally (and far more glorious) unfair fight—one that grants you and I the supernatural advantage. True, as mortal human beings, we stand powerless to prevail against “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

Yet, the same Paul who penned those words (which most of us are familiar with), gives us these essential marching orders: “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph. 6:10). Especially note the “his might” part. You are not fighting against the enemy in your own limited power or authority; you are coming against a defeated foe clothed in the armor of the very One who defeated him two thousand years ago at Calvary!

This is where Silence Satan has an upper hand over many perspectives on spiritual warfare. Winkler exhibits a profound grasp of the Cross (due to his own personal experience which is outlined in the book’s earlier chapters), and every blessing that God’s grace has bestowed upon us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In fact, I’d argue that this is one of the most Christocentric books on spiritual warfare that I have ever come across, and thus, one of the most important. When it’s you against the devil, it will always be a tragic bloodbath; when it’s Jesus against the devil, the fight has already been fixed!

The Key To Victory Is Your Identity in Christ
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reminds us that spiritual warfare is not about us trying to fight the devil in our own strength, ability and identity. In Chapter 10, Winkler delivers one of the most profound and refreshing presentations of the Armor of God (from Ephesians 6) that I have read in recent years. He titles it, “The Uniform of the Righteous.” As a mere man or woman, you have no authority against the powers of darkness. You will always fight… and you will always loose… that is, if it is you going into battle without the revelation that you wear a uniform of authority in Christ.

Scripture reminds us that we are clothed in Christ (see Gal. 3:27). Paul tells us to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Rom. 13:14). Silence Satan is all about practically encouraging you to remember Who Christ is and who you are… in Christ.

Chapter after chapter, Winkler delivers practical, yet powerful strategies that equip Christians to Silence Satan in their everyday lives: How to release the power of God’s Word, what it means to renew your mind, sharing testimony, and how to live in your new identity in Christ.

Behold the Lamb
Winkler transparently shares his struggles and journey into spiritual warfare, reminding us all that “beyond the cross is a dangerous place to be.” As noted earlier, this book puts Jesus Christ front and center—in a major way. In an age of compromise and formulaic Christianity, the power and essence of the faith has too often been stripped away. Why? Because many of us have, at one time or another, thought that we were “beyond the cross.” That we graduated passed Calvary. It would seem that this is the very place that darkness would love to keep us cornered.

There are no gimmicks here. In fact, his chapter “Behold the Lamb” will absolutely wreck you. Your key to victory is not some principle, formula, or strategy. It is the God-man, bloodied and broken upon the Cross. It is in His finished work that you find your true identity. Discover why Jesus’ identity as the Lamb is so significant and how this revelation will transform the way you engage spiritual warfare forever.

Your Guide to Sustaining Inner Healing, Freedom, and Deliverance!

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In Biblical Healing and Deliverance, Chester and Betsy Kylstra deliver (no pun intended) a most refreshing and desperately-needed approach to inner healing, exorcism, and deliverance ministry.

Let’s begin with the obvious: Deliverance does not need to be scary, spooky or something out of a horror movie. The Kylstras are not offering you gimmicks in this book, nor or they providing the latest and greatest “key,” “secret” or formula to duking it out with the devil. If anything, they do well to equip the reader with essential Biblical Truth that empowers a lifestyle of sustained freedom. This alone is why this manual will be a blessing for you.

In addition, their approach to inner healing is solid, Scriptural, and challenging. They take readers on a journey, showing the vital link between the soul and the spirit (hence the integrated approach they uphold). For those skeptical about inner healing, this particular section will be much appreciated, providing the Bible basis for soul/spirit healing, the Kylstra’s personal testimony with inner healing, hindrances to receiving healing, studying the “insides of a memory” (which is very intriguing), and practically equipping you to personally walk through the process of soul/spirit healing, and also, help others experience freedom in Christ.

There are many instances where people receive healing or deliverance for a season, but soon thereafter, they become tormented again—sometimes, in even greater ways than before. Jesus warned of this. Was the healing or deliverance false? No. A deliverance through a power encounter (typically coming accompanied with various manifestations and supernatural phenomena) is profoundly Biblical. The problem is that we end up focusing so much on the supernatural power encounter that we neglect learn how to live out of this encounter. This is where the powerful gets very practical.

What are the keys to sustaining freedom in your life? Chester and Betsy share a few of these throughout this exhaustive resource, focusing on:

  • Ungodly beliefs and belief systems: This is paramount to sustaining deliverance, as how we think determines how we live. Based on our thoughts, we will either live in freedom or bondage.
  • Generational sins and curses: Get the truth on how the sinful actions of former generations and ancestors can impact your life today… and how to experience freedom.
  • Forgiveness: Sadly, too many of us do not recognize the healing power that forgiveness can release in our lives. As a result, many Christians write bitterness, offense and unforgivness off as a “problem” or an “issue” rather than the prison bars they actually are.

I strongly recommend Biblical Healing and Deliverance—yes, because I believe in the integrated approach and the principles, but perhaps even more because I trust the sources. Chester and Betsey are Scripturally seasoned and are motivated by true hearts of compassion to see captives set free in Jesus’ Name… and live in freedom. This book is an essential discipleship manual for anyone who wants to see lasting results in their own life, and in the lives of those they are called to disciple.

9 Biblical Keys To Experience The Holy Spirit’s Power In A Non-Creepy, Everyday Way!

8442489Steven Brooks delivers a must-read handbook for every single Christian who is hungry to experience more of God’s power in their lives—his new book How to Operate in the Gifts of the Spirit.  

Even though there are countless churches that boast a “Statement of Faith” or creed claiming they believe in the continuation of the gifts of the Spirit, the truth is that many of these same churches deny the gifts’ operation in their meetings and services. The Holy Spirit is embraced in their word and doctrine, but rejected in demonstration.

How is it even possible that churches who theologically acknowledge the modern activity of the Holy Spirit’s gifts can reject their demonstration?

3 Reasons People Don’t Operate in the Gifts

The gifts have been mystified and distanced from everyday people. As a result, Pastor Brooks is on a mission to de-mystify the supernatural and show believers how accessible and normal God’s power should be in their everyday lives. In some circles, the gifts have been presented as available to the “super spiritual” and Charismatic elite. In turn, everyday believers feel like they are unable to attain this high level of spirituality, and do not pursue the gifts or desire to see them operate.If we mystify the gifts, we make them inaccessible.

When they are presented as inaccessible, they become easy to avoid.

The gifts have been confused. In the age of seeker-sensitive churches and political correctness, it is typical for many believes to lump every type of God-given gift into one big pot and paste on the title, “spiritual gifts.” (Often, the more unusual and supernatural gifts are never even mentioned). Denominations that, historically, have not embraced a Pentecostal approach to Christianity claim to believe in spiritual gifts and recognize that all believers have received such giftings at salvation. Sadly, through confusion, people believe they are operating in the gifts, when in fact, they are settling for something that is not what the Bible defines as a manifestation gift of the Holy Spirit.

God knit us together with unique gifts and talents, absolutely. These should be celebrated as God-birthed, God-originated, and God-given. However, there is a distinct difference between a gift of teaching, encouragement, leadership or singing, and the nine manifestation gifts of the Holy Spirit as defined in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. This does not mean there are levels of spirituality, making people who do not operate in the nine manifestation gifts “less than.” It simply means that we need more clarity on what these gifts actually are. If we do not know what something is, it is impossible for us to operate it correctly, let alone desire its demonstration in our lives.

Finally, the gifts have been rejected. This has been one of the major points of contention in the Strange Fire debate. However, Steven Brooks’ book is not purposed to convince you that the Holy Spirit is still at work in the world; he takes it to the next level. Assuming that the Spirit of God has not changed and that He is still moving, Brooks provides us a Bible-based handbook for what each of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit is, describes its purpose, and gives readers an understanding of how we—in the twenty-first century—can flow in these gifts. And it does not have to be mystical, weird, or spooky. In fact, it can happen throughout the course of your everyday routine. You may be at work, in the grocery store, getting a haircut, on an airplane—no matter where you are, God wants to use you as His Spirit-empowered ambassador!

Why Is the Holy Spirit So Important?

In the initial chapters Pastor Brooks shows you why a relationship with the Holy Spirit is so important: He is God on the Earth! The Father is in Heaven and Jesus is seated at His right hand. By implication, since the Holy Spirit was the Person of the Trinity sent into the Earth, it is absolutely essential that all believers learn how to relate with Him correctly. Operating in the nine gifts is one important aspect of relating with the Holy Spirit. By the way, the nine gifts of the Spirit are the nine keys to experiencing God’s supernatural power in your everyday life! Pastor Brooks reminds us that everything we need to know about walking in God’s power is already clearly revealed in Scripture.

Why is this book so important? There is a world out there absolutely desperate for the real thing. If we, the church of Jesus Christ, remain silent and timid about the Holy Spirit, we deny humanity the very One Who fills its interior void. Remember, it is the Holy Spirit Who removes the blinders and scales off of our eyes, illuminates the Gospel message to our spirits, and fills us with the Presence of God.

If we deny the operation of the Spirit’s gifts, we not only rob unbelievers of a potential, life-changing encounter with God, but we deprive Christians of their inheritance in Christ. Even though the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not a doctrine leading to salvation, they are no mere side issue in matters of everyday Christian life.

Consider their true relevance for a moment. It should in the safe, instructional context of the church that the gifts of the Spirit are practiced and cultivated, so that, as God’s representatives, we can effectively operate in them outside of the four walls of the church. If we (particularly leaders and pastors) remain silent about the supernatural, there are several voices outside of the faith who are unashamedly vocal about it. These counterfeit supernatural expressions are looking for an in-roads into the next generation. If we do not practically train the twenty-first century church how to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we can rest assured that the generation denied of authentic power will seek it out elsewhere in counterfeit sources.

This is what gives Pastor Steven’s statement concerning the Holy Spirit’s importance so much substance: “I think one of the saddest things in the world is for a pastor to not allow the Holy Spirit to move as He desires in the church.” Steven discusses this concept in greater depth during his Voice of Destiny interview.

An ideal book for: 1) Believers who desire more from their Christian experience and 2) Leaders who want to help people operate in the gifts of the Spirit, Pastor Steven has written a user-friendly, easy to read guidebook. Built upon solid, Scriptural insight and filled with practical examples, powerful testimonies, and personal experience, How To Operate in the Gifts of the Spirit will prove instrumental in taking you to the next level in your walk with the Holy Spirit.

New Book Reveals the Key to Walking in God’s Healing Power

B-582-42X__88644_zoomChris Gore sees God supernaturally heal the sick on a regular basis. Whether it is through the Healing Rooms at Bethel Church (Redding, CA) or while traveling around the world, miracles have become a normal part of his life and ministry. In the book, Walking in Supernatural Healing Power, Chris is issuing a Biblical invitation for all believers to walk in this same miraculous power and watch God move through them to do the extraordinary. The healing ministry is not reserved for a televangelist, pastor, or crusade preacher—it is for every single believer who has been redeemed by Jesus’ blood and filled with the Holy Spirit. These are the only qualifications that you need to become a conduit for the healing power of God.

In this prolific book, birthed out of Scripture and illustrated through personal experience, Chris teaches, encourages, and shares incredible, faith-building testimonies of how God has consistently broken through impossibilities, miraculously turning sickness around for His glory.

A Fresh Perspective on Healing

The most refreshing aspect of Walking in Supernatural Healing Power and Chris Gore’s story is that he is not some “man of power for the hour.” He does not pursue notoriety, nor does he exploit God’s power for personal gain. Having spent a considerable amount of time with him while at Bethel Church (where he serves as Director of Healing Ministries), I can offer both his ministry and life my great admiration. Why? Chris lives intentionally to shine a bright spotlight on the Lord Jesus Christ.

More than anything, this book is a Jesus-book.

In fact, I would be hard-pressed to flip to a page and not see Chris directing readers’ attention to the Author of every miracle—King Jesus. This is one of the many factors that makes his book a wonderful breath of fresh air. Many have written books on healing over the years, many of which are solid and timeless. Unfortunately, amidst some of the books, teaching, and seminars, walking in the miraculous—in some circles—has become reduced to a formula. If we insert ‘X’ principle, God owes us ‘Y’ result. This is why many believers are leery when it comes to someone teaching on walking in God’s healing power. But remember, counterfeits simply confirm the presence of Truth. Chris Gore’s book is rooted in Bible-based Truth that will help every single Christian make proper sense of the role healing plays in their everyday lives.

Written Out of a Personal Journey

Reading through the book, especially in the initial chapters, you meet a servant of the Lord who remains very close to his personal journey. He is intentional to remind us that the measure of breakthrough he is experiencing today was not always the case in his life. This should inspire every single believer, whether you have seen God’s healing power at work or not.

Just because you have not seen God heal does not mean God is not in the healing business today.

Consider Chris’ story. Over a ten-year period, he prayed for roughly 1,000 people—none of which experienced any type of visible breakthrough or healing. For many of us, these results (or lack thereof) would have discouraged us from praying for anyone else. Perhaps our experience would have even redefined our theology, going from believing that God heals to becoming convinced that He doesn’t heal anymore (because of what we have not seen). After all, we prayed for all of these people and nothing happened! Thankfully, this was not Chris’ position and as a result of experiencing the seasons of lack, he is able to provide us with insightful advice to help believers navigate through some of the more difficult aspects of healing ministry.

Confronts the Challenging, Taboo Subjects

Chris brings a must-needed, authentic edge to the subject by exploring some of the major “taboo” healing topics—

•    What do we do if we pray for someone and nothing seems to happen?
•    How do we become offended with God because of disappointment?
•    Does healing really depend on how much faith someone has?
•    Why is remembering what God has done in the past so important to walking in power today?
•    Are there really roadblocks to receiving/releasing God’s healing power?
•    An entire chapter on Frequently Asked Questions about healing

In the end, Chris’ book is a most wonderful and welcome offering to the body of Christ. It does not boast some fool-proof healing formula. It is not motivated by principle-based Christianity, where we discover the magic prayer or confession that “does it” every time. At the end of the day, Chris makes it abundantly clear, I’m not very good at my job… but the One Who is good at His job lives inside of me. That is Jesus. Chris often jokes that he gets to work in a position where not being good at his job is actually to his advantage. What does this all mean? Simple.

We can’t heal, Chris can’t heal; only Jesus can because He is the only One good at the job of healing.

The Key to Walking in Healing Power

Chris’ book does contain the one essential Key you need to know in order to walk in God’s healing power—Jesus. It is all about Jesus. In one of the most powerful chapters, Friendship with Jesus, Chris sums it up like this: “The overflow of my relationship that I have with God is what people around me get to enjoy. The overflow of my relationship with God is the flow of the supernatural as I become immersed in His nature.”

When we simply decide to enjoy our friendship with Jesus and keep our eyes fixed on Him, healing power begins to flow easily and regularly through our lives. It is like a mighty river, flowing from God through us to those around us in need of His healing touch.

Chris’ book, Walking in Supernatural Healing Power is available now. Coming this year, you can also find the accompanying training manual, A Practical Guide to Walking in Healing Power.

Interview with Chris Gore on Voice of Destiny

Discover Spirituality Internet Radio with Life Supernatural on BlogTalkRadio