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THE BATTLE FOR YOUR HEART IS IN YOUR HEAD
One time, I was prophesying over someone, and I found myself saying by the Spirit, “The battle for your heart is in your head.” I don’t know if he appreciated it or not, but the line was not lost on me. It sank down into my own heart, shedding light upon some struggles I was having at the time. For me, most of the spiritual warfare I have endured takes place in my head. Old thought patterns will resurface whenever I think of those who have hurt or rejected me. I will be driving down the road having heated arguments with people who aren’t even in the car! These are my “Maalox moments.”
Peter warned his readers that there is an invisible lion on the prowl in the spirit realm, looking for someone to consume (1 Peter 5:8–11). The enemy does this, gnawing away at our hearts and eating away at our strength, our joy, and our confidence. He does this through intimidation, fear, and resentment. This becomes especially obvious when we are in conflict with others, which, for me, has been a constant battle from day one. While I am one of the nicest guys I have ever met, I always seem to be in conflict with someone. I have brought some of this on myself, through the faults and failures of my own flesh, but often it comes simply because I am the leader, and as such, I am especially vulnerable to this kind of warfare.
One time, when I was in deep warfare, I was having a hard time withstanding the barrage of negative thoughts I was having about a brother with whom I was at odds. I was amazed at how often he came to mind and how much negativity was building in my heart towards him; in fact, it was consuming me. When I am at odds with others, my mind can easily lean toward the negative side of things, keeping track of their bad traits and hating their hang-ups. It is harder to meditate on their strengths or good qualities. Soon, I am projecting what they might do, or what they might have done, which only fuels my anger and feeds my anxieties.
Finally, I made up my mind to meet the brother for lunch. Just seeing him again and talking to him about everyday things reduced the roar in my head. It seemed so simple, yet it helped me clear my mind. On the other hand, I have learned the hard way that, if I talk about this person, and what he has done wrong, I lose the grace to manage these negative thoughts and feelings. Instead, they gain velocity until I am battle fatigued. Somehow, offences seem to attract other offences, multiplying themselves as I go along.
It is strange how I can lose one battle after another in this arena of spiritual warfare—all within my own head and all without the devil’s involvement—until I start down the road of resentment where the lion lurks and jumps out on the attack.
I wish I could tell you that I have gone from victory to victory, warranting the right to write a book about spiritual warfare, but the truth is, I got a little mauled up while writing this one. Where I am gaining on this is I am beginning to recognize the pattern soon enough to stop it, reversing the downward spiral before all the damage is done. In this study guide, I share more of my own experience and what I have learned in the hope that it will shed light on the mental trickery the enemy uses to thwart you. The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:11 that we need to put on the whole armor of God so that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. May this book help win your own battle.
With every blessing, Penn
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