Just a quick, happy announcement that Beautiful Battle: A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare is now in ebook, and it’s rocking an awesome cover. Right now I’m offering the 230-page ebook for $3.99.
Beautiful Battle is currently available on Kindle, but if you have other devices, it’s totally cool. Simply download the Kindle app to your device. Here’s a very simple explanation on how to do that.
Here’s hoping your day is great, that the battle you face is not cloaking you in discouragement, and you’re experiencing true, sweet hope.
To whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt from the book:
In 2 Chronicles 20, we see worship as a strategic, albeit counterintuitive, aspect of warfare. The Israelites under the rule of King Jehoshaphat shook in fear as the armies of Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites threatened to invade. Jehoshaphat made a choice to seek God by praying and fasting. As a result, a prophet told the king these hope-filled words: “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (vs. 15, NLT).
In response, the king bowed prostrate on the ground. His people followed. Other clans stood and shouted praises to God. The next day, the king organized the people for war, but not in the way you would expect. “After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: ‘Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!’” (vs. 21).
The moment the Israelites praised, the invading armies turned on each other. When the Israelites arrived in the arena of combat, they saw corpses of former warriors. Not one enemy soldier survived. It took them three days to gather the plunder. On the fourth day, they convened in what they now named the Valley of Blessing. After that, the people returned to Jerusalem, rejoicing. “They marched into Jerusalem to the music of harps, lyres, and trumpets, and they proceeded to the Temple of the Lord” (vs. 28.)
God’s principles are similar today. We face an insipid, overpowering, cunning enemy. He prowls like a lion, seeking to devour us, to overthrow our lives. He is intimidating and forceful. Our strange defense doesn’t rest in ramparts of our own strength, but in voices lifted in victory. Our praise shudders Satan. It infuriates him, hog-ties his will, and reminds him of his place on this planet. God uses praise, thanksgiving and worship to overcome Satan’s plans, not by our own strength, but by His.