Evidence that evil is flourishing faces Christians every day, leaving many feeling hopeless and helpless. What they don't realize, says esteemed pastor Jack Hayford, is the power that is theirs through the cross. Instead, they labor under the misconception that spiritual warfare occurred only during biblical times. But it is right here, right now, says Pastor Jack. And for the first time he lays out the strategies he's learned for engaging and defeating evil—through prayer.
With clarity and passion, he shows readers how to develop powerful devotional habits, engage in intercession, plead the blood of Christ, understand the correct use of binding and loosing, confront evil, learn why some prayers don't succeed and much more When believers embrace the cross's power, they will stand up in hope and light against the evil of this world, penetrating even the deepest places where the enemy's darkness dwells.
- Our Authority in Christ
In “Penetrating the Darkness”, Jack Hayford explains the authority Christ has given to us over the powers of darkness. We are not engaged in a war with flesh and blood, but with principalities in spiritual places. Thus, our warfare with the enemy is conducted by the Spirit, through prayer. Spiritual warfare in prayer is the major topic of this book. The audiobook that I listened to was narrated by Tim Lundeen. His voice was not boring, but soft enough to enjoy listening to during rides to and from work.
Some of the topics that the author discusses in this book are: Intercession, supplication, binding and loosing, and the keys to the kingdom. Jack Hayford uses a mix of Scripture, word study, and personal experience to explain these difficult topics. The author doesn't distort these topics with a “name it and claim it” theology. Instead, the entire book is based on the power and the authority given to followers of Christ by His Spirit, through the blood and the cross.
If you are tired of being accused by the accuser, sick of seeing relationships ruined by the spirit of division, or angry at the blood of the righteous that has been spilled by the murderer, you will want to read this book. It will explain what Christ has given to you for the battle that the forces of heaven are engaged in against the forces of hell. If you think that spiritual warfare doesn't involve you, then Satan will bring it to your door. You don't have to be a victim. In Christ, each of us has been given the power to transform the lives of people around us and even the lives of those far away. We bring the light of Christ into the darkness, and the darkness cannot stand against it.
- Not what I expected
I have finished listening to a book called Penetrating the Darkness Discovering the Power of the Cross Against Unseen Evil. The author is Jack Hayford.
I have mixed feelings about this book because the book was not what I expected. I guess I had a different idea in mind of what this book would be about based on the title and book description. I found it to be a very in depth look at prayer with guidance and instruction on praying, which is how we can "penetrate the darkness." It includes various prayer-related phrases and explains what each one means and how to pray in that way, including supplication, intercession, and pleading the blood. Parts of the book where hard to follow as I listened and other parts really made sense. I was reminded of the power of prayer and how we need to be people of prayer to fight against the evil around us.
The narrator was Tim Lundeen. He does a good job reading this book and his voice is pleasant.
Thank you to the christianaudio Reviewers Program for providing this audio book to me for my honest review.
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