Blog Tour: God’s Plan for Spiritual Battle
Victory over Sin, the World, and the Devil
Revised version of The Beatitudes
I love a good fight. When unjustly attacked, I have learned to seek the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit and retaliate by Overcoming Evil with Good. There is a huge difference between aPeacemaker and a Pacifist!
This Battle Plan, gleaned from the life and message of Jesus, was on my heart even before I was kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage under extreme conditions in 1983. Since then, thousands of missionaries, pastors, and other Christians have been kidnapped, murdered, or forced to flee from their places of ministry in rural Colombia. Had these Christians known and understood this Battle Plan, they could have been victorious instead of prematurely suffering defeat.
Many who did choose to remain in the path of ever present danger have rallied around this message. A thriving underground church is multiplying in a huge area (about the size of North Korea) in the south and east of Columbia where Bibles, church buildings, formal ministry, and even house meetings have been prohibited for more than 25 years.
Severe persecution in rural Colombia has actually served to bring real Christians together, identify the true church, and cleanse believers from corruption. This has been possible because of the remnant that has been chosen to fight the Good Fight.
About the Author
Russell M. Stendal was born in Minneapolis and raised on the mission field in Colombia, South America. He became a missionary jungle pilot at age nineteen. In 1983, almost ten years later, he was kidnapped by Marxist rebels and held hostage for five months. His book, Rescue the Captors, relates his experience, including how God worked in the hearts of the rebels.Russell has written many other books, produced videos, and edited two Bible translations, the Spanish Reina-Valera 2000 and the Jubilee Bible in English.
Russell heads up the work of Colombia Para Cristo which operates 12 radio stations involving over 100 staff and coworkers and covering much of Latin America with the Gospel. A thriving underground church has developed in remote jungle areas of Colombia. New high gain antennas are now beaming the Gospel message throughout Colombia as well as deep into areas of expanding crisis across the border in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
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God’s Plan for Spiritual Battle
This is an excellent book for spiritual guidance. Here you will find many spiritual truths and applications that can greatly help your relationship with God and everyone else. It needs to be read slowly and prayerfully, allowing time for meditation.
God’s Plan for Spiritual Battle; Victory of Sin, the World, and the Devil, is a book that is written to all Christians. The author, Russell Stendal, brings about the premise that we, as Christ Followers, not only should, but must be living our lives and interacting with this world in the way that Jesus spoke of when He taught the Beatitudes in order to live in victory over sin this world and most definitely the devil. The author walks us through each of the Beatitudes… not with flowery words, but real truth. Nothing in this book is sugar-coated.
Some other topics that are included are dying to self, the fire of God, worry, our thought life, peace. And a consistent theme throughout the entire book was about obedience. Are we really doing everything God says, in the way He says and in His timing?
For me this was convicting. I want it (true repentance and obedience), I pray for it but is it really happening in my life? Not as much as it should be. There is definite room for improvement in my life. And even though it was convicting I felt no sense of malice behind it.
There is some exposing of false doctrine throughout the book but it was exposing of doctrine and not of people, no names, which is as it should be, as no one person has perfect doctrine anyway.
I believe every sincere Christian could benefit from reading this book. The author encourages us to use the beatitudes as a checklist to see how we’re doing and this book will help you along those lines.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”