Wow – what a book! I wasn’t expecting to be so emotional or brought to tears so many times as I was. Doreen recounts her life story in this book in a very matter-of-fact way, despite having a very dramatic life she tells her story plainly and simply, in easy to read and easy to understand language. Whereas, ‘This Present Darkness’ is an author’s artistic license to interpret the Bible’s teaching on spiritual warfare, ‘From Witchcraft to Christ’ is the real life happening of spiritual warfare within a person’s life. Astounding, astonishing and moving beyond words.
As a person who has never come face-to-face with the supernatural (and hasten to add that I am happy for it to stay that way) I do acknowledge the Bible as true in its entirety. What that means is… I cannot discount the parts that I am a little afraid of and more than a little don’t really want to believe. But the verses are there for all to read and believe.
Ephesians 6: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Jesus himself cast out demons from people, do we believe this? I have to say yes because I can’t break up the Bible into section and only read those verses that I feel comfortable with. Matthew 8:28-34: When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
I don’t want to dabble in the dark, nor do I wish to come face-to-face with a demon in order to cast him out. But, I have felt the call to prayer. Both of these books from my ‘research’ list have touched and moved me to tears and prayer. I am burdened with the ever-growing oppressiveness of evil seeping – seemingly without opposition, into the world that is slipping steadily into immorality, where people seem blind to notice the loss of innocence. I know a great many Saints are praying, if they weren’t we would be lost already, to those prayerful warriors go my eternal thanks.