Spiritual Warfare: Proclaiming Christ's Victory Over the World, the Flesh, and the Devil in Word and Deed
The summer 2013 issue of Enrichment examines the topic of spiritual warfare. Articles outline the nature of the Christian's struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil, and the victory over them that Jesus Christ won through His death and resurrection. Special attention is given to spiritual warfare in pastoral ministry and to worldview considerations. Read compelling essays by Paul Alexander, James Bradford, Terry Hanna, A. Elizabeth Grant, Stephen Lim, Doug Lowenberg, Greg Mundis, Gary J. Tyra, George O. Wood, and others.
George P. Wood
James T. Bradford
Spiritual warfare is not won through conflict resolution or strategic planning. It is won by the foundational activity common to every victory in the unseen realm — prayer.
A. Elizabeth Grant
Believers attempting to set the captive free can find themselves blindsided and forced to fight systemic spiritual battles they are ill equipped to fight. We must reckon with communities and systems corrupted and controlled by sinful forces. Here is how.
Spiritual warfare often takes place in the realm of ideas, concepts, and thoughts. So how do pastors and Christians in general meet this battle with confidence? Here are three ways to engage this battle.
Gary J. Tyra
Here are four spiritual warfare habits that are essential to keeping in step with the Spirit and proclaiming Christ’s victory over sin.
Here are seven strategies Satan uses to distract, harass, weaken, and destroy pastors, and how to avoid them.
Scripture authenticates the reality of the spirit world, including angelic friends and demonic foes. But Western Christians, including evangelicals and Pentecostals, struggle to explain and address this transempirical dimension of reality. A misdiagnosis could prevent finding the cure for one who is struggling.
A misshaped worldview is dangerous and susceptible to demonic deception.
However, a well-formed worldview, grounded on biblical truth, enables believers to recognize demonic activity and influence reactions to the unseen world.
Greg Mundis, Omar Beiler, Mike McClaflin, Dick Nicholson, Paul Trementozzi, and Russ Turney
In the Pentecostal movement, many spiritual-warfare practices have biblical roots. Some, however, draw vocabulary from the Bible but have a tenuous biblical foundation. How do we sort out good spiritual-warfare practices from bad ones?
The Final Word
Chicago Pastor Named to TIME’s 100 List Keeps Gaze Fixed on Poor
Cal Carpenter and Warren D. Bullock
To negotiate the prickly issue of nepotism with wisdom and grace here are some observations to consider.
Robert C. Crosby
Among the essential skills of effective pastors and leaders is the ability to turn a good question into a great one. Here are eight characteristics of great questions.
From the General Superintendent
George O. Wood
We must exercise power in spiritual warfare with great caution, making sure that we exercise it in the right manner and against the right enemy. Here is how.
Q&A for Ministry Wives
LEAD LONG … LEAD STRONG
MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY
DEALING WITH DOUBTERS
MINISTRY & MEDICAL ETHICS
Christina M.H. Powell
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Believing God for Greater Things
The theme of the 2013 General Council of the Assemblies of God is Believing God for Greater Things. As our Fellowship enters its second century of ministry, our leaders are calling on us to believe God for greater things in the days ahead. In keeping with that call, we asked the six executive leaders of the Assemblies of God to share what they are believing God for in the future.
We are also pleased to publish excerpts from five new leadership books that will be featured at General Council: Four Faces of a Leader by H. Robert Rhoden with Dean Merrill; Against the Wind: Creating a Church of Diversity Through Authentic Love by J. Don George; The Jesus-Hearted Woman: Ten Leadership Qualities for Enduring & Endearing Influence byJodi Detrick; Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story byRobert P. Menzies; Relentless: Pursuing a Life That Mattersby Dave Donaldson and Terry Glaspey.
As editors, we trust that these articles will inform and inspire you, and lead you to trust God for greater things in your own ministries.