Recognizing the spiritual warfare all around us may not be the difficult part of the Christian life. The difficult part is knowing exactly what Paul meant when he wrote Ephesians while in Ephesus a place known for serving gods and goddess; demons.
Larry Richards, Ph.D. has written The Full Armor of God: Defending Your Life from Satan’s Schemes. The book, although somewhat brief, gets right to the point of how Christians should read Ephesians, Acts, and Luke in the bible. The author mentions plenty of historical, literary, and personal examples to highlight the fact that spiritual warfare is purely real and can be dealt with:
Recognition begins when we understand that real spiritual warfare takes place within the hearts and lives of individuals. Satan operates what Paul calls, “schemes”(18)
In our day to day events, demons watch for an open door in an individual’s life in order to cripple the believer. There is hope: Paul mentions a few weapons believers have in their spiritual arsenal to help fight the war against the enemy: The helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the sandals of peace, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, and the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.
We must understand that all of the weapons except for the sword of the spirit are defensive methods. The sword is the only offensive tool mentioned in Ephesians. This is amazing to know because Jesus used the Word of God to defeat the enemy for a season while he was on a fast.
Below is a breakdown of the chapters:
Part 1: Understanding Spiritual Forces
Part 2: The Helmet of Salvation(Ephesians 1:1-23)
Part 3: The Shield of Faith(Ephesians 2:1-10)
Part 4: The Sandals of Peace(Ephesians 2:11-4:16)
Part 5: The Breastplate of Righteousness(Ephesians:17-5:7)
Part 6: The Belt of Truth(Ephesians 5:8-6:9)
Part 7: Conclusion: Ephesians 6:10-20
So, what is my reaction to this book? Spiritual Warfare is personal to me to begin with because I have experienced it in my life and used to grab up any spiritual book I could to help me understand a little more. No book is better than the bible of course, but Larry Richards gives some healthy background and advice as well as more tips on combating the dark forces with the power Christ has already given us.
The book is concise, easy to understand, and perfect for anyone wanting to understand just what the full armor of God is.
*This book was received from Chosen Books for my unbiased review.