Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer and Give-A-Way!!!

The Armor of God is one magnificent study, but then again everything this powerful and humble woman of God does brings blessings. I've read many of Priscilla's books and each and every one has given me the tools I needed to walk this Jesus girl life with more intention, more grace, more mercy, and more empowerment through a more determined study of the Word.

You can take a peek at my reviews of The Resolution for Women and Life InterruptedDiscerning the Voice of God, and God is Able. Priscilla is that down to earth kind of girl. The girl next door that you would love to share coffee. The wisdom and transparency she brings into these black and white pages is astonishing. I am growing into the woman of Christ He has called me to be. Much of that is the blessings I have received from studying with Priscilla. 

This study is divided into a seven week study. This book is meant to go along with the videos  that correlate with this extraordinary study on the armor of God. You can purchase the leader kit. You can take a peek at any of these links I've provided to find out more about this study and what is right for your need. It would be great for a Sunday school class, a weekly study with friends, or a personal study just for you. While reading this book I found that it's incredible on it's own, but I think viewing the videos would help in giving more knowledge that could only add to this wonderful study on it's own. 

This study is divided up in seven weekly lessons along with five daily lessons to study throughout the week. Of course you can follow along with this plan or you could just study at your own pace. Soaking everything in and allowing the Spirit to speak and to move you. I found myself reading a paragraph and going back over it to read it again. There is just so much valuable information. This book is jam packed with tools that will help you understand the armor of God and just why each of us need to be determined in putting it on daily. 

My copy is highlighted, underlined, and has tons of personal notes that cover the pages. This study on Satan and his tactics is just what I needed and it arrived in God's perfect timing. Too often we blame a situation or a person, when in fact that's another of Satan's schemes to keep us focused off of him and on the problem at hand. When we take time to step back and look at everything it's easy to see he is on the attack and knows exactly where to attack. Priscilla used the analogy of a military who is gathering as much intel as possible to use against the enemy. We are Satan's enemy. But....He has no power or dominion over us when we are a child of God!! 

Priscilla gives verse after verse that empower the reader. That's huge for me when a writer/teacher doesn't just share their personal opinion. She uses the Word of God and brings her personal stories to highlight God's goodness and power in her life. 

The lessons are not super long. I give myself about an hour for each study, but that's all the readers choice. You can spend as much time as you like. But Priscilla gives the option of going deeper. Another attribute I love and admire about this woman. 

So Priscilla wraps this study around Ephesians 6:10-19, but she takes us on a journey through many scriptures that binds everything together. I just want to share a few highlights that has had an impact on me while studying:

"Remember the intel that God's Spirit is giving you is not just a list of things to know. It's a divine strategy being given by god to take into the fight. The enemy has been gathering intel to develop a strategy against you. This is your chance to gather information to craft a strategy for victory against him."

"This is the invisible, unseen realm in which the cosmic battle originates and rages, where real activity is even now taking place that directly affects our circumstances. Weapons and artillery that might be impressive and impactful in fighting an earthy battle do not work in this realm. Only those weapons divinely sanctioned and authorized by God (which are the ones we're going to learn to use in this study) can have any effect in a battle like this."

"Satan knows he cannot destroy you. Too late for that. The best he can do (and he intends to make full use of it) is to make your time on earth futile and unproductive, to suffocate you with sin, insecurity, fear, and discouragement until you are unable to live freely and fully. He can't "unseat" you, but he can intimidate you and render you ineffective and paralyzed." 

"He knows that you, as a daughter of God, cannot be destroyed. But he has other goals in the meantime: to distract you, discourage you, divide you from others, and disable you from experiencing everything that is rightfully yours as an adopted member of God's family. He wants to terrorize you until you're rendered incapacitated, miserable, and incapable of living in the benefits of a victory that has already been won." 

That's good stuff, right? There is much too much to share in this space, but Priscilla goes far beyond the schemes of Satan. She brings us to the Word and teaches us how to be aware, to stand firm, and be ready for the battle. This is one of those studies that sticks with you. One that makes perfect sense as you're reading. One that brings new insight. Priscilla gives the reader a calling to pray and pray with detail. Grab a cup of coffee, get your best study Bible and get yourself ready for a journey to fight Satan, learning to live in the victory that has already been won. 

Lifeway was kind and generous to offer me an extra copy to share with one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment along with your email so that I will be able to contact the winner!! I will announce the winner next Thursday, November 19. 

This book was a gift from B&H Publishing Group and Lifeway for sharing my review with you. 
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