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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
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Today's Wild Card author is:
and the book:
Charisma House; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
***Special thanks to Jon Wooten of Charisma House for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Foss has traveled the nations for more than twenty years ministering to millions of people and training tens of thousands of pastors and leaders. Steve is the founding pastor of The Upper Room Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Texas. He is well known around the world as a powerful prophetic voice to this generation.
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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
The Secret Strategies of the Enemy—REVEALED
Satan has always used the same schemes to bind, oppress, confound, and deceive mankind. What he is doing today is nothing new—the traps he sets for us are the same ones he set two thousand years ago.
Satan’s Dirty Little Secret exposes the two demons behind all of Satan’s attacks. This prophetic revelation given in a vision to Pastor Steve Foss exposes how the enemy operates and shows you…
How Satan uses the same two spirits he released on Eve in the garden as gateways to every other form of demonic assault
How to successfully defeat these weapons and live free from the bondage of the enemy’s attacks
The power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word can transform you into the image of God. Live in the confidence of God’s love and power. You can triumph over Satan and accomplish everything God has planned for your life!
- List Price: $11.99
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Charisma House; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616386509
- ISBN-13: 978-1616386504
AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:
Satan’s Dirty Little Secret
satan’s strategy exposed
For we are not ignorant of [Satan’s] devices.
—2 Corinthians 2:11
For we are not ignorant of [Satan’s] devices” (2 Cor. 2:11, kjv). This was the declaration the apostle Paul made two thousand years ago—a declaration of an awareness of the strategies of the enemy, an awareness that has been lost in our day. The traps that the enemy has set for us today are the same as they were two thousand years ago. Satan is doing nothing new today. He has not yet had an original idea. He is
playing the same game he played in the Garden of Eden.
If you’re like many Christians, you’ve probably thought that if you had been in that garden, you surely wouldn’t have disobeyed God’s command and eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17). Yet every day of our lives we are presented with this same temptation. Satan challenges us with
the same questions he posed to Eve. And, unfortunately, most days we eat of the tree. The fruit binds us, holds us, and dictates almost every move we make.
The war to overcome sin often seems to be an overwhelming task for most. We believe in the finished work of Jesus on the cross, and yet we are bound by this continual cycle of yielding to temptation. Some of you reading this may be feeling a bit smug right now because you think you have a good handle on sin. You may be in a worse condition. The reality is that the church tends to limit sin to the major moral sins—lying,
cheating, adultery, fornication, drunkenness, and such like. Yet the stronghold of sin goes so much deeper in our lives.
Sin affects how we think, what we imagine, what we buy, sell, gather, and give. It affects how we worship, work, and live every aspect of our lives. It leads us into wrong relationships and to wrongly relate to one another. Sin dominates our viewpoints, our work ethics, and, most disturbingly, it dominates how we conduct ministry.
The same fruit from that same tree in the garden is being offered to all of us throughout our lives, and we keep eating it, often in the name of God. The focal point of all of our troubles is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This is where it all begins and where it can end. It is what happens here on a daily basis that will determine if the victory Christ has purchased for us will become a living reality in our lives. Once
again God is about to open the eyes of a generation to the strategies of Satan.
By revelation God is going to destroy Satan’s most powerful advantage: his ability to operate in the midst of ignorance. In this book we are going to uncover Satan’s most diabolic strategy—how it works and how it affects our lives. We are going to expose his devices and start down the path of true freedom. I pray that together we will have an Isaiah experience and say, “Woe is me! for I am undone” (Isa. 6:5, kjv). Oh, that God would give us such an encounter with truth that the strongholds of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil are permanently broken in our lives.
It was early 1991. I was the youth pastor at a church in Georgia. I had only been on the job for two months when I was invited to speak at the local high school’s Christian Bible study. They asked if I would speak two weeks in a row. I readily accepted and began to plan my strategy.
You see, this was hard-core Baptist country—Southern Baptist, conservative, don’t-give-me-that-
They gave me about fifteen minutes to speak. My strategy was this. I would preach a basic word on the revelation of Jesus the first week, then hit them with the power of God the second week. The first week went exactly as I had planned. I preached, and they were quite engaged. The revelation anointing flowed
strong. By the end of the fifteen minutes they were on the edge of their seats wanting more. I had them right where I wanted them. The next week I was going to blast them.
The day before the second meeting I shut myself off for an extended time of prayer. I knew that if I was going to see the power of God break out on this campus, I was going to have to fight some intensive spiritual warfare. I had been trained by my spiritual father, Dr. Morris Cerullo, in how to tear down
demonic strongholds over a region. As I went to prayer I had no idea that what was about to transpire was going to forever change the course of my life.
During that time of prayer I had two visions. The first vision was of the upcoming meeting itself. I saw a young man whom I had never met. I saw myself calling him to come and stand up front. I then prophesied over him about the call of God on his life. Then I simply spoke the word of the Lord over him, and he fell under the power of the Spirit. In the vision I saw his face and exactly where he would be sitting.
When I stood up to speak the next day at the meeting, there he was. And he was sitting exactly where I had seen him in the vision. I preached for a few minutes on experiencing the power of God. Then I called this young man out. He came and stood before me. He was from a non-Spirit-filled background and had no idea what was about to transpire.
I had no helpers with me, so I asked for somebody to come and stand behind him. The volunteer didn’t know what was going to happen. I then proceeded to prophesy over this young man about the call of God on his life to preach. He began to weep. He said that the previous night he told his mother for the first time that he felt God was calling him to be a preacher. I then looked him in the eyes, standing five feet away from him, and said, “Jesus fill him with Your power right now!” As soon as I spoke, a wave of God’s power swept through that room and hit this young man. He immediately flew backward under God’s power. He landed in the arms of the volunteer, who was in total shock. I turned just in time to see seventy
mouths drop open and all heads turn as this young man was being blasted by the power of God. It was all I could do to keep from laughing when I saw the sheer look of shock on their faces.
All together they looked at the young man, then looked at me, and then back at the young man. You could hear gasps all over the room. I opened the Word to share a couple of scriptures on what just happened. Then the bell rang, and they slowly, in shock, filed out of the room. Needless to say, I was the talk of the school by the end of the day.
Much transpired at that school over the next several months, but that will have to wait for another book. As awesome as this was, it was the second vision that changed my life. After I had this first vision about the young man, I began to go into spiritual warfare prayer. I began to bind specific demon spirits, the ones you would expect to be operating at a high school. I bound lust, drugs, hate, unforgiveness, fornication, pornography, violence, drunkenness, and such like.
I had a fair amount of experience in spiritual warfare and had gained a great sense of what was going on in the spirit realm. I could sense whether the stronghold was breaking and when it broke. This day, however, it felt like I couldn’t make any headway. I prayed and prayed, but each of these spirits seemed to not be moved.
As I pressed deeper into prayer, I had an open vision. I saw the entire school as if I was standing several hundred yards away. I saw the ground, the campus, the sky, and something very strange.
I saw coming out from under the ground two giant tentacles, one from the left of the campus and the other from the right. They were very thick near the ground and got thinner as they rose higher. The two tentacles interlaced themselves as they met over the top of the center of the campus. They gripped each other powerfully. They were huge.
Then I noticed that attached all along these two tentacles were demon spirits. Each had a name written on it: lust, hate, drunkenness, and so forth. They each had what looked like two arms with which they grabbed hold of the tentacles. They didn’t hold them on the outside. They were actually rooted into the tentacles themselves.
When I saw them, I began to bind them in Jesus’s name. I called out lust by name and commanded it to go. I saw this demon of lust get powerfully buffeted and blown backward. It was like a leaf during a strong gust of wind. It bowed back and shook, but its roots in the tentacles were undamaged. I went from demon to demon, and the same thing happened. The more I prayed, the harder they got hit. I started to realize that if they didn’t have roots in the two tentacles, my prayers would have easily driven them away from the campus and the students.
As this vision continued, I asked the Lord, “What are these two tentacles?” I knew if I could break their power, all the others would easily go. The Lord spoke to me these words that have changed my life. God said, “These are the two demon spirits that all other spirits get their strength from.”
These two demon spirits empower all the other demon spirits. This was the mother lode of revelation. God then said, “They are the same two spirits that Satan released upon Eve in the garden. They are the same two demon spirits that Satan continues to release today.”
I cried out to God, “What are they? What are their names?” I could easily see the names of all the smaller demons, but I couldn’t see any names on these. It amazed me how the demons we all think are so big and powerful were actually quite small. Lust, drunkenness, drug addiction, violence, hatred, and fear
were all small and relatively weak without these two giant demon spirits.
I prayed for quite a while. I knew I had to go deep in the spirit to see what was under the surface. After quite a while the vision expanded. Now not only could I see above the ground, but I also saw under the ground below the campus. Each of the tentacles curved back toward each other and nearly touched.
They looked like giant roots—like a bulb, fat at the bottom and thinner as it got farther away from the root.
Written on these roots were their names. One was called insecurity, and the other was called inferiority.