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The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity

The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity

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by Ron Carpenter Jr., Tim Lundeen (Narrated by)

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“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
— Jesus. Congratulations! Your Goliath has arrived. Enemies often seem to get in the way of our plans, leaving us discouraged and disoriented. But what if these obstacles are a part of God’s plans for us? Our enemies—whether


“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
— Jesus. Congratulations! Your Goliath has arrived. Enemies often seem to get in the way of our plans, leaving us discouraged and disoriented. But what if these obstacles are a part of God’s plans for us? Our enemies—whether our weaknesses, circumstances, deep-seated sins, other people, or any other challenge—can become our stepstool to new breakthroughs in life, if we leverage the opportunity. Just as David’s encounter with Goliath transformed him from a delivery boy to a national hero, our enemies can be a blessing in disguise—if only we recognize and face them head-on. Human nature tells us to flee our enemies, but Ron Carpenter will challenge you to embrace them. In The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron shares engaging insights like: • God intended for every enemy to be your footstool for promotion. • If you want to be No. 1, you can’t just beat No. 9. • The depth of your battle gives you insight into the greatness of the potential God put in you, and an enemy is your key to unlocking that potential. • All battles are fought over your future, not over your past or present circumstances. Are you ready to reach your next goal in life? Do you want biblically based wisdom to help defeat every enemy and move with confidence to your destiny? The Necessity of an Enemy will give you the tools to change your perspective—and find meaning and purpose in all of life’s trials.

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I want you to consider something that may surprise you.

If you had lived in Judea in the first century and were acquainted with Jesus and His ministry, who among His twelve disciples would you have said was a close friend? Which disciple was Jesus’s enemy (not the Enemy, Satan, but a flesh-and-blood enemy)?

His friends are usually identified as Peter, James, John, and the other faithful disciples. The enemy? That seems a no-brainer—has to be Judas, the notorious betrayer, right?

Now, I warn you: I’m going to mess with your mind, because in a moment I want you to consider a principle of the Christian life that’s often ignored. But first, back to my questions about Jesus and His relationships. Let’s look first at a familiar incident involving one of Jesus’s “buddies,” the fiery, foot-inmouth Peter. One day Jesus and the disciples were having a discussion, and Peter got high-fives for saying that Jesus was “the Christ.” But a little later, when Peter pulled Jesus aside and started criticizing the Lord for saying that He had to go to Jerusalem to suffer and die, Jesus got in Peter’s face and said, “Get behind Me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:13–23.)

Whoa! What happened to the “nice” Jesus?

Now flash forward a few days to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is in agony about upcoming events. Judas shows up with a group of soldiers who intend to take Jesus prisoner. The betrayer steps forward, greets Jesus, and gives Him a kiss. Jesus (who of course knows what’s up) responds, “Friend, why have you come?”

The kiss is the secret signal to the soldiers that “this is the guy,” and they rush forward to grab Jesus. One of the disciples—yup, it’s Peter—pulls his sword and takes a whack at the head of a servant of the high priest, slashing off the poor man’s ear. Jesus will have none of it and, after telling His “friend” he has it all wrong and needs to sheath his sword, says, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” And later Jesus also says, “All this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled” (Matthew 26:50–56).

Now, I ask you, taking into consideration these two incidents involving Peter and Judas, which man ultimately did the most to advance Jesus’s mission on earth? Who did Jesus call “Satan”? Who did Jesus greet as “Friend”? Here’s the point. The message Jesus was trying to get across to Peter was something like this: “You do not have in mind the things of God. You are trying to keep Me from the cross. Right now you are an enemy.” And later, Jesus effectively said to Judas, “You have come to sell Me out so that I will complete My destiny. You, therefore, are My friend.”

In this circumstance—which because of the Cross is the most important moment in history—Judas did for Jesus what Peter and the other disciples could not do.

You already know that God’s ways, including His view of enemies, are different from our ways. But an understanding of how God uses people coming against us and situations that are very negative can change everything. If we are to make authentic progress in life, we have to face up to the necessity of an enemy.

The Worst Day…or the Best Day?

Have you ever had a day when, by about noon, all you wanted to do was go home and crawl up in your mama’s lap?

I know, grown men are probably not supposed to say things like that, but likely my worst “run to mama day” was September 24, 2007. Without that day I don’t think I would ever have learned the life-altering message of this book.
On that fall day, there I was—a well-known pastor in the community of Greenville, South Carolina—sitting in a room with steel walls and no windows, sweat running down my sides, my head pounding like a drum as three FBI
agents fired one question after another at me.

As you may have guessed, I wasn’t in the federal building in Greenville that day to conduct any pastoral duties. No, I was under investigation for possible criminal activity. As the hours dragged on, all I could think was, How did I end up here? Why is this happening to me?

And the irony of my predicament was that it was my purpose in life and my calling to be a pastor that had gotten me into this mess!

Let me tell some of the backstory.

In 2002, our church in South Carolina was approached by a businessman from another state. He seemed to be a consummate professional and came highly recommended. He told us of a program he’d developed that would lead people who were down on their luck, particularly single moms, toward home ownership. This was a turnkey proposition, as this businessman had already prequalified and lined up home builders, financial institutions, and representatives from other legitimate companies so that an individual with few resources and bad credit could go through financial training and rehabilitation and become a first-time home buyer.

I loved the idea because helping people is why I’m breathing, and it always has been a huge emphasis in our church. Any day I can show people in need how God can help them realize their dreams and get on their feet—that’s a very good day for me! In short order we got all over this idea.

But, having been in ministry for a while and knowing that talk is cheap, I insisted that we not go into this deal blind. So our team did our due diligence by conducting extensive, hands-on investigations into every aspect of the project.
We ran credit checks on the businessman and even took the whole plan to the attorney general of South Carolina for review. He gave it a thumbs-up, so we enthusiastically kicked everything into gear.

About 250 people from our church got involved—almost all of them single moms. The early results were amazing! People began making sense of their finances and changing bad habits. My best friend and ministry partner—my wife, Hope—and I were like two kids locked in a candy store. We were thrilled and so grateful at what God was doing for single moms and their kids. We should not have been so excited. What we didn’t know was that our business partner was meeting secretly with wealthier members in our congregation, enticing them to invest in the project. Checks for thousands of dollars were flowing into our business “partner’s” bank account.

After about ten months, when the businessman had accumulated over $1 million (most of it from our church members), he stopped returning phone calls. The next thing we knew, the money had disappeared and so had he. It was no comfort at all to find out later that the FBI was on his trail for similar fraud in another state.

All hell broke loose. After a phone call informing me of the crisis, I cut short a speaking engagement in San Francisco and flew home. Many people were very angry at me because I was their pastor—the one who had encouraged them to participate in the program. Call after call came asking me or the church to refund money. But I had never had that money, and neither I nor the church could do anything about it.

Media outlets had reporters, once my friends but now resembling enemies, pushing cameras in my face. Local talk-show hosts, who had previously applauded our community impact efforts, were now howling at us like ferocious animals. Police were stationed in my front yard because of threats to my family from people who had once called me Pastor. I was a prisoner in my own house, my wife was depressed, and my kids had to change schools to escape ridicule from former friends. Our life had taken a major turn that we’d never anticipated. The pressure became so intense on my family and ministry, I wondered if I’d ever survive.

Every track record of success that had been laid, everything about me, my heart, and my motives was in question. In a million years I never would have dreamed I would be in this situation.

How would you feel if your life had taken this turn?

I’m certainly not minimizing any trial you may be facing now, but I do want you to understand what I endured so you can recognize the power of the truth I’m about to share! It will change your paradigm of how you see people around you.

It was during this low point in my life that I felt I was surrounded by enemies, much like you may be feeling right now in your own battle in life. It was then I realized a truth firsthand (a principle I’ll talk about more in depth later): the ultimate enemy of our souls is Satan, and I learned through my study of Scripture during my personal tragedy the truth about how he operates through people.

The Bible is clear: because we live in a natural world with natural authority established by God as unbreakable, people can be used by God to be the windows of heaven or by Satan to be the gates of hell.

That’s how your real Enemy shows up, through people he uses as enemies. Enemies, therefore, aren’t people who cut in front of you in the lunch line, or cut you off at the traffic light. They are people who have allowed Satan the  opportunity to work through them, as the gates of hell into your life, to oppose your destiny and your purpose; they set their desires against what God has in line for your life.

In a matter of days, my successful, comfortable life as the pastor of a growing, effective church crumbled. I had done nothing wrong, but people were accusing me of misdeeds, trampling on my good name, and calling me foul names. I felt surrounded by enemies.

What in the world was happening to me?

What about you? Are you facing something—or somebody—in your life now that is causing you pain and stress that just won’t go away? Maybe it’s a banker who won’t give you the loan, a best friend who’s stabbed you in the back, or a family that no longer invites you to Thanksgiving? Are you baffled? confused? intimidated? threatened? heartbroken?

Maybe you have a plan or a dream that you know in your gut is your destiny, but something is standing in the way.

Enemies are the people, mind-sets, weaknesses, and situations in your life that try to destroy the passion you have for God’s purpose and plans for you. I have some important news for you: to fulfill your purpose and stay true to your calling, you’ll need to understand the reason for enemies. If you do that, then when they rise up against you, you will quickly recognize what’s happening.

The truth is, it’s not really them—it’s the ultimate enemy, Satan, who is using them to try to sabotage and abort your future.

As I was determining how to respond to the enemies coming against me from all sides, I found one scripture that I hung on to like a drowning man grasping a piece of wood: “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

What this means is that all our afflictions or problems in life, no matter how horrible they seem, are not a big deal compared to the payoff for facing and enduring them. And the results for us in heaven will be great and eternal. You may not know me, but if you did, you would understand that I sometimes say things that have an edge to them. I grew up in a wide space in the road called Possum Kingdom, South Carolina. People there are known for saying what’s on their minds in a blunt fashion. That’s how I am as a pastor, and now I’m going to say something that may rattle you a bit:

You will never be an exceptional person if you fight only ordinary battles.

I had always prayed that God would use me exceptionally, let me stand out from the crowd, have me do things that had never been done before. But what I concluded, primarily after living through the story that is the basis for this book, was that I was going to have to fight battles I’d never fought before. And until this major crisis in my life, I had never put those two concepts together. What I know now for sure is that we all need a really good enemy now and then. For example, in a sport like college football…

If you want to be No. 1, you can’t just beat No. 9!

Honestly, the right fight can be a good thing in your life.

And if there are no enemies on your horizon, don’t worry, they will show up in due time if you sincerely want to follow God in this world.

Ever since a guy named Job had a few problems, the question, Why do bad things happen to good people? has been on the lips of almost everyone alive. Having been directly impacted by this notion myself, I chose to write this book.

To be candid, I never had heard anyone (myself included) adequately explain why so much suffering can fall on a person who is just trying to live a godly life. Regardless of the type of pain each individual experiences, it’s a universal question that usually goes like this: “I know I’m not perfect, but I am trying really hard to do the right things. So why is my world falling apart?” Now it was my turn to ask the question.

Based on a profound personal crisis and some heavy lifting with the Word of God, this book is my attempt to deepen our understanding of the meaning of suffering.

The Bible’s perspective on adversity is that it is always working for you. Sometimes God sends it. And even if He doesn’t, He still uses it. So, as a biblical believer, I conclude:

There is no way to lose in any given situation.

I believe if we understand why we might be going through something, the grace and strength to see it through will be there. But if we don’t know why tough things have fallen in our laps, it’s hard to stay focused.

That wisest of all men, Solomon, once said, “In all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).

I was in a situation where I desperately needed understanding. I had to have it!

It was day by day, God and me, tears on the floor, my Bible open, clawing my way out of a hole. And every day God gave me a revelation of thought, another piece to the puzzle, and in time I saw the picture of what I was going through. I was in the process of moving on to a greater day, like what Paul wrote: “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9).

I realized that there’s a pattern to how God moves us along in life: right before you open a new door of opportunity, there’s some giant you have to slay. And in my land of giants, I had to rise above my pain and open that door. I saw the pattern, from Genesis to Revelation, revealed in the lives of men and women of the Bible as well as in what the Bible teaches. This inspired me to take action, to position myself for my future instead of wallowing in my pain and self-pity.

The arrival of an enemy in your life is a sign to you that this present season you’re in is finally coming to an end. God often assigns an enemy as a catalyst for you to exit one season and enter another.

We might never have known anything about David if God had not arranged for Goliath to arise between David and his kingship. It’s a compelling story—one day David was delivering cheese and biscuits and ended up killing a giant. The next day he was carried through downtown Jerusalem, with women hanging over balconies singing songs to his name. Would any of that have happened without a great enemy?

What would the nation Israel have been without Moses facing down Pharaoh before the great migration out of Egypt? Maybe those 450 years of slavery the Jews endured would have lasted much longer.

Even Jesus lived in anonymity until Satan determined that He was more than Joseph the carpenter’s oldest boy.

Here’s why I say an enemy is a necessity:

There’s a Goliath, a Pharaoh, a Satan standing between you and who you are destined to become.

As you move through life and ascend to new levels of potential and breakthrough, you’ll discover that your enemies are just as essential as your friends; in fact, they may be even more critical in your times of transition, if you’ll recognize them for the stepstools they are for you.

Enemies are indicators to you that God is planning movement in your life, and transition is right around the corner.

I do want to make a couple of things clear: My intent here is not to turn you into an obsessive enemy hunter. The Bible teaches us to watch, not to search, for trouble. It can happen that the Enemy will use a demonic spirit to  challenge your purpose and rob you of your potential, but I believe this is rare. The vast majority of the time, your enemy will show up in the form of a person, a mindset, a situation, or an internal struggle. The remainder of the book explains all of this. And, I want to issue a particula r heads-up to husbands and wives and moms and dads. The enemy is not your spouse or your child! Marriage and parenthood are examples of a covenant relationship. These are meant to go the distance in life. They are usually incredibly challenging relationships and require huge amounts of work.

I will give you this—there are times when it seems like a spouse or child is the enemy! But he or she is not. The enemy is the issue between you that may be driving you crazy! Our responsibility is to fight the problem, not the person.

As a result of my journey, I want you to know that if you are in crisis or feeling beaten down for any reason, life has not handed you something sour just because life doesn’t like you. Life has handed you an opportunity to open a great door. But you need a correct perspective on your difficulty. This is how I like to describe it: An enemy arising in your life is a key indicator that the next stage of your future is about to be born.

That’s what this book is about. This is a perspective out of the Word of God that saved my life. I had to learn that an enemy can be a blessing, not a curse. I journeyed through the Bible to make sure that this principle is consistent throughout Scripture. I found that in the life of many great Bible heroes, it was a great enemy that catapulted each of them to a great place and multiplied their influence.

• It was Potiphar’s wife, through her false accusations, who sent Joseph to prison and ultimately opened the door for him to become a prince (Genesis 39).
• It was Pharaoh whose persecution served to multiply the Israelites into a mighty nation (Exodus 1).
• It was also Pharaoh who, by multiplying the power and influence of Moses, forced this fugitive to become the historic leader of a mighty nation (Exodus 5–12).
• It was Delilah who caused Samson to renew his strength and multiply his influence by killing more Philistines in his second season than he did in his first (Judges 13–16). 
• It was Goliath who took David from obscurity to notoriety, from sheepherder to king (1 Samuel 17–18).
• It was a shipwreck that enabled Paul to share the gospel with the inhabitants of an entire island (Acts 27–28).
• Even Jesus Himself had to fight the enemy of His own will in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39–45) to receive a name above all names, that at His name every knee would bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord (Philippians 2:9–11).

I reached the lowest point of my life during this series of events, but when I knew for certain that I wasn’t going through pain for the sake of pain, I found hope. I discovered I was going through pain for the sake of promotion.
There’s something about facing life’s enemies that enlarges your capacity. I’m not just talking about external challenges. I’m talking about internal changes that increase our ability to grow stronger, to have the “fuel” for future battles. You can see what battles with enemies did for Joseph, Moses, Samson, David, Paul, and others. For me, by God’s grace and mercy, this biblical principle fueled me to overcome great days of adversity and changed my  perspective on life, family, ministry, and my future.

Overcoming these enemies creates such a great internal strength that you become like Joshua and Caleb who, after looking at the giants in the land, said in so many words, “Aw, they’re just bread for us! We will eat these giants!” The other ten spies were scared, but Joshua and Caleb saw the giants that would become the fuel for power and strength (Numbers 14:9).

In my darkest day, when I felt I had no friends, I opened the Word of God and found many friends with many similarities. Then I understood why the Bible says we’re “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1).
I could hear the cheers of David, Joshua, Moses, and the others ringing in my ears: “Get up, Ron! Get up! This is not your worst day! This is God’s greatest opportunity!”

That’s why there’s a necessity for an enemy.

Meet the Author

Ron Carpenter, senior pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina, is recognized worldwide as a leader of leaders. As both a senior pastor and an entrepreneur, Ron's relentless passion for developing potential in others permeates his organization. After graduation from Emmanuel College, Ron and his wife, Hope, founded their church in 1991 with three members and a passion for breaking down walls of racism, crossing cultural lines, and changing poverty mindsets. Today the congregation numbers over 16,000 and the ministry of the church includes 150 community outreaches, television and web programming, and a worldwide network of over 1,500 affiliated churches, Ministers, and leaders. Visit his website at www.RWOC.org.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the humerous stories to the biblical teachings as it relates to our own personal lives, Apostle Ron uses his lifes trials as well as triumps as a basis to catapult and encourage each believer in their own purpose and destiny in Christ. I laughed, cried and praised God all throughout this book as I was taken on a journey that often reflected me and my own life! You will be challenged to be more of who God created you to be and how to recognize the "enemies" in your own life. This book does not disappoint.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well worth my money! It did not let me down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity byRon Carpenter is among the most motivating books that I have recently read. Ron Carpenter challanges rthe way we view blessings and God's favor. In contrast to common belief, comfortable living and financial prosperity and health are not always signs of God's favor. Just because your life is "good" does not mean it is because you found favor with God. It might actually mean the opposite! In fact the reverse may be true! Those so called "blessings" may mean that you are spiritually dead and that satan feels no need to bother with you because he has already won you over! The author address real issues- true enemies, tangible, spiritual and circumstantial- job loss, financial and professional ruin, slander, terminal illness, grief and loss. This book is designed to help those who are suffering from extreme circumstances. If you are bellyaching because you burned your husband's dinner, or the grass stain won't come out of the soccer uniform, or if missed an apointment for your pedicure, or your favorite coach bag sold out before you reached the mall, then this book isn't for you. What you need is a fluffy, superficial, condescending, feel- good, women's devotional book. But, if you truly suffer from life's heartaches, and true hardships and adversity, then this book will offer the strength you need. The author writes in an animated, personal easy to understand style that communicates biblical truths to the reader. He went through serious hardship and he shares his personal experience candidly with the reader. His books bring bible stories and biblical truth to life in an inspirational way that speaks out to the reader. For example David had his Goliath, Job had his adversary, and you have yours- he explains that bible heroes had enemies. He even explained that Judas was a neccessary enemy for Jesus to accomplish the will of God. In fact, he claims that Peter- a so called "friend" actually at times attempted to hinder God's greater purpose. His use of colorful language and his conversational tone, make it so that biblical truths are memorable and meaningful to the average modern reader. You need not be a theologen, educated in an expensive seminary or college to understand. This inspirational book will be certain to leave the reader with a lasting impression. In today's self centered society, without offense the author illustrates the importance of living life based on biblical principles. After reading this book, and really meditating on the biblical truths communicated via the author , one can feel a renewed sense of embpowerment to live a selfless life style. Max makes use of personal anecdotes as well as bible stories to illiustrate the importance of depending on God rather than on the material things of this world. If you are looking for bible based motivation and a relief in a world that takes pride in materialism, selfish ambition and competition, then this book is perfect. As a blogger for booksneeze, I receive books from Water Brook publishers in exchange for writing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our ladies Bible Study has decided to use Ron Carpenter's book for our upcoming study - it is excellent. The book is very well written, and the honest reader will relate to much if not all of it. If "it" hasn't happened to you, it has to a friend or family member. As a matter of fact, you will not want to put it down. I am so glad that Pastors Ron and Hope didn't give up in the midst of their trials. Many would have! God will speak to you throughout the book, He'll motivate you, teach you, and encourage you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is for anybody that goes through trials and hard times.......which is everybody! Gives you a better understanding that God's ways are not man's ways. We want to avoid difficulty, He wants us to walk over them.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ron Carpenter, Jr. in his new book, “The Necessity of an Enemy” published by Waterbrook Press tells us How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity. From the inside jacket flap: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Jesus Congratulations! Your Goliath Has Arrived. Enemies often seem to get in the way of our plans, leaving us discouraged and disoriented. But what if these obstacles are a part of God’s plans for us? Our enemies – whether our weaknesses, circumstances, deep-seated sins, other people, or any other challenge—can become our stepping stool to new breakthroughs in life, if we leverage the opportunity. Just as David’s encounter with Goliath transformed him from a delivery boy to a national hero, our enemies can be a blessing in disguise – if only we recognize and face them head-on. Human nature tells us to flee our enemies, but Ron Carpenter will challenge you to embrace them. In The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron shares engaging insights like: • God intended for every enemy to be your footstool for promotion. • If you want to be number one, you can’t just beat number nine. • The depth of your battle gives you insight into the greatness of the potential God put in you, and enemies are your key to unlocking that potential. • All battles are fought over your future, not over your past or present circumstances. Are you ready to reach your next goal in life? Do you want biblically-based wisdom to help defeat every enemy and move with confidence to your destiny? The Necessity of an Enemy will give you the tools to change your perspective – and find meaning and purpose in all of life’s trials. When you read the Bible story of David at Ziklag you find that the enemy had burned the whole town, taken all the goods as well as the remaining people. David and his men have lost everything. He is brokenhearted and his men want to kill him. Then David rallies, asks God for restoration and God says it is his. So David and his men pursue the enemy, beat them, get everything and everyone back and much more in abundance. Without an enemy David would not have grown spiritually or succeeded in this area. It is sad to say but we need enemies. Enemies are the people, mindsets, weaknesses and situations that try to destroy our passion for God’s purpose and plans for our life. Enemies get us going, strengthen us as we fight them and then when we beat them provide us the spoils of victory. Pastor Carpenter has given us a book that will give us new thoughts of who our enemies are, why we have them and how to beat them. “The Necessity of an Enemy” is not a book that you will read once and then pack away. It is a book that will impact you on the first read and change you and then continue to change you with each subsequent re-read. It is that good! I recommend it highly! If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Not only is Ron Carpenter and excellent Preacher chosen by God Himself, but this book will help you to understand how the enemy works in your life, the need for the enemy and the purpose behind it all. You will be blessed and your eyes will be open, I know because I read this book and I will never view the enemy in my life the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greatest book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Encouraging and uplifting, seeing what God does for us always amazes me! A MUST to read, could not put it down!
Sister-P More than 1 year ago
The Necessity of an Enemy by Ron Carpenter Jr. is an interesting book. The title alone is inviting. This book was full of a lot of wisdom, it was like reading a sermon a day. Ron Carpenter Jr. writes in a real and down to earth style. He shares all of the things he has learned in his spiritual journey. He presents things in a very matter of fact way and with humility. I personally gleaned a lot from this book. Before reading this book, I didn't know who Ron Carpenter Jr. was. I didn't know anything about him actually, so it was refreshing for me to get to know him in his book. Unfortunately, he has been through some pretty tough circumstances which he was completely candid about. Ron Carpenter Jr. shares his personal experiences and testimony in The Necessity of an Enemy. All the principles he writes about in his book, he has applied in his own life. This book is very encouraging and teaches you a lot about adversity and overcoming the enemy in your life. I was inspired by Ron Carpenter's life and wisdom. He has spiritual insight based on all the trials and hardships he experienced. He generously shares how he overcame it in The Necessity of an Enemy. My favorite chapters are "Seeing Is Not Believing", "Dream Killers" and "The Three Courts of Intimacy." If you have been undergoing great conflict and difficulty in your Christian walk, I highly recommend this book. The Necessity of an Enemy will definitely encourage and inspire you. In conclusion, I want to personally thank Waterbrook Multnomah for sending me this complimentary book to read and review.
deandeguara More than 1 year ago
Pastor Ron Carpenter has written a book for your battle! There has been a lot taught on the topic of spiritual warfare and God’s protection from our enemies, but Pastor Ron reveals how your enemies can promote you when you find yourself in a face to face with an unexpected enemy. As the subtitle reads: the battle you face is your best opportunity, Pastor Ron takes you on a guided tour of one his own personal battlefields. When at times he felt like he had lost the victory; with honesty, transparency and authenticity he shares with the reader how he began to understand how God didn’t want his enemies to destroy him, but God wanted to use his enemies to bring him into his destiny. Who is this book for? If you are in the midst of a personal battle and you need a fresh perspective on what God is doing in your life, read this book. If you are in ministry and you feel like it’s not worth the fight, read this book. If you feel as though you’ve been defeated and the enemy has beat you down, read this book. If the battle is behind you and your wounds are healing, read this book. Pastor Ron has written this book in a very unique format that makes it easy to read and include in your daily quiet times. I personally used it as a devotional because of its brief bite size chapters which makes the book easy to pick up and put down. Again, I appreciated reading about and learning from a pastor’s personal battle that too often is kept private to protect image and position. Pastor Ron’s vulnerability helps lead the reader to victory! I received The Necessity of an Enemy for free in exchange for this review from the Blogging for Books program. What book is currently on your night stand or on your digital book reader?
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SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"The Necessity of an Enemy" is an awesome book written by Ron Carpenter Jr. This book focuses on turning the usual attitude of "Why is this bad stuff happening to me" into using those bad situations to create an opportunity to be used in the way that God intended. I think that it is so easy to get caught up in feeling sorry for ourselves, or being disappointed when the twists and turns of life become difficult. This book does a great job of helping us change our attitude, and understand that when the enemy attacks, we can still let God's light shine! "The Necessity of an Enemy" has very short chapters, so you could definitely read it as a devotional if you choose. I liked how many different topics that were in this book, and they all tied back in to the main point of the book - as followers of God, we are bound to encounter resistance from all sides - especially from the devil. Carpenter uses this book to show us how to be prepared for that resistance, and how we can use those situations to fulfill God's purpose for our lives. I thought this book was great - I liked that there was a study guide at the back of the book, so that you can really soak up all of the useful insight that is in this book. I liked that the chapters were shorter, and that each one really was useful to me. I think that this book would be appropriate for anyone - we all go through hard times, and sometimes feel like we are alone, but as Carpenter puts it: "The teacher is always silent during the test". I believe that anyone can benefit from the wisdoms in this book.
KLARKS More than 1 year ago
Anyone experiencing a season of testing especially in the area of "character assassination", this insightful and most profound writing by Ron Carpenter, Jr., is sure to be a most indelible resource in girding you to your victory. Ron shares his personal storm and ultimate triumph with biblical examples and scriptures to bring you to an understanding of "The Necessity of an Enemy". A must have addition to your biblical resources and a spiritual guide to your inevitable WIN. K. Larkin, Orange, NJ
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Brandon_Weldy More than 1 year ago
When I came across this book on Waterbrook’s Blogging for Books site I was immediately interested. Maybe it was nothing more than the bright yellow cover, but it certainly felt like more than that. The title of this book intrigued me. Why on earth would an enemy be necessary? Hoping to find out the answer, I opted to receive this book (for free!). The author, Ron Carpenter Jr. spends the book telling a lot of personal stories. He tells about many difficult times in his life, how it affected him and his family, and how they have all played out overtime. Sometimes Carpenter will begin to tell one story and then begin another chapter with a completely different story. It may be several chapters later before coming back to his original point. It does not help that each chapter is anywhere from 1-4 pages long. Many of the chapters may have served better as headings in one larger chapter. The points that Carpenter tries to drive home are not solid. He quotes some words in Scripture, saying they mean one thing in the Greek or Hebrew when they really have a completely different meaning. He completely misinterprets Jesus’ approach to both Judas and Peter in the Garden. Carpenter says that Jesus approaches Judas as a friend because Judas is fulfilling God’s purpose while He views Peter as an enemy because he is trying to get in the way of God’s will. He also says that Mary is an enemy to Jesus while He is hanging on the cross. Carpenter says Jesus tells John to take Mary away from the cross. Where is that in the pages of the Bible?! The author tries to prove that we all need an enemy. While it is true that we often grow to be stronger after difficult situations arise in our lives, I think that by calling the Enemy “necessary” we give him too much power. Our focus should be on God and what He is doing in our lives. He does not bring about terrible events just so that we can grow. He uses the events in this fallen world, but it was never His original intent. I had a difficult time making it through this book because of the terrible references and choppy chapters. I put it down for two weeks because I couldn’t keep reading. When I finally picked it back up I read the rest in two days just because I wanted to finish it and move on. I would not recommend this book to others.