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by Jerry Rankin
Published by B&H Publishing Group, Book released March 1, 2009-- 286 pages
The author has 2 sites you may be interested in visiting, click on the links:
International Mission Board
This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.
Jerry Rankin and his wife Bobbye spent twenty-three years in the mission field in Asia, in 1993 Jerry became the president of the International Mission Board. With their experience Jerry writes the book Spiritual Warfare with much insight, knowledge, and wisdom. Jerry writes not only with their own experiences of being in the mission field, but also the testimonies of other missionaries.
In the book Spiritual Warfare the reader will see through Scripture and mission field experience; the efforts, temptations, and battles that Satan plagues on believer's. His battle against believer's is to steal God's glory!
I live in a nation that gives me freedom of worship, to have as many Bibles as I choose in my home, I can read my Bible in the public, I can preach on a city street. There are many countries in this world that to do any of the previous mentioned would result in my imprisonment and possible death. Earth is Satan's battlefield and he uses any means possible to try and defeat God's purposes and plan, because he knows his time is limited.
There are many who believe that demon possession is "hogwash". But, Satan is alive and at work on planet earth. Missionaries have an ominous task, they take the Good News message to every part of the world that they are legally allowed to, and to some places that are forbidden. Many have given their lives for the sake of the Gospel, they have all surrendered their will for His. A believer is not beyond being tempted and frustrated by Satan's attempts, but we have the "mind of Christ" and we have the "full armor of God." The Holy Spirit lives in us----and we are guided and directed by Him, and assured of the final Victory!
I agree with Beth Moore's assessment of this book (her review) is on the front cover of the book.
Beth states that this is "A Book that every Christian should read."
Jerry Rankin teaches that human pride, doubt, and fleshly desires stand in the way of God being glorified in our lives.
"Why is it so easy to get us to focus on our own comforts and needs, and nurture a sense of entitlement and turn us away from obedience? Because of our self-centered nature and what we want and feel we deserve."
This is the most important book I've read this year outside the Bible and I highly recommend all Christians reading this book!
June 1, 2010---Spiritual Warfare and Missions: The Battle for God's Glory Among the Nations by Jerry Rankin and Ed Stetzer