Seeing the Unseen: Preparing Yourself for Spiritual Warfare Seeing the Unseen

Seeing the Unseen: Preparing Yourself for Spiritual Warfare Seeing the Unseen

by Joe Beam

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Seeing the Unseen: Preparing Yourself for Spiritual Warfare Seeing the Unseen by Joe Beam

Spiritual warfare is real, and your faith is at stake. Based on Biblical principles, Seeing the Unseen helps you fight back against the enemy.

In today’s world, Satan seems to be everywhere, and he seems to have the advantage. But the enemy is not of this world, and the war is in the spiritual world. Satan is trying to attack you and destroy your faith, and the only way to defeat him is to fight back.

In this newly revised and updated bestseller, Joe Beam reveal Satan's powerful weaponry—his lies, deceptions, and manipulations—and unmasks his strategy to destroy your life and those you care for. This book will show you his plans and tactics, and teach you where he is likely to strike next and how to fight him.

Based on a dedicated study of God’s word, this book is filled with stories of tragedy and triumph and will give you the tools you need to defeat the enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582292731
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 555,524
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joe Beam is an internationally known inspirational speaker and author. He founded Beam Research Center and serves as its chairman. He has spoken to millions of people worldwide in personal appearances as well as appearances on TV and radio, including ABC’s Good Morning America, Focus on the Family, the Montel Williams Show, NBC's Today Show, The Dave Ramsey Show, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and magazines such as People and Better Homes and Gardens.

After earning his bachelor's degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Southern Christian University, Joe did graduate studies in clinical psychology at the University of Evansville. He is currently involved in research to complete his PhD in biomedical science at the University of Sydney, consistently rated one of the top fifty universities in the world. The emphasis of his research is in sexology.

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Seeing the Unseen


By Joe Beam

Howard Books

Copyright © 2002 Joe Beam
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781582292731

Introduction

    You would think that by now we would know enough about science to eradicate superstitious beliefs, especially beliefs in invisible entities flittering around us. There is no logical reason for believing in such nonsense, unless, of course, there really are unseen beings hovering around us, beyond the reach of current scientific measurement. Remember, it was eons before scientists detected germs, atoms, or molecules, but they existed just the same.

    Several years ago, I made a rational study leading me to the decision that God exists, that Jesus is His Son, and that the Bible is a supernatural book that could only come from God. I believe what God says through His Bible, and my occasional human doubts don't erode that conviction.

    The Bible clearly teaches the existence of things we cannot see. Several passages in the Scriptures teach that there are invisible beings. Here are two examples: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1). Speaking of Jesus, Paul said, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created byhim and for him" (Colossians 1:15-16).

    I believe that beings roam the earth today who are altogether spiritual. I mean "spiritual" in the sense that they don't have corporal bodies -- the kind of beings Jesus referred to when He said, "A ghost does not have flesh and bones" (Luke 24:39). The koine Greek word translated in the New International Version as "ghost" is the same word translated as "spirit" throughout the New Testament. It refers to beings who exist only as spirits, without physical bodies.

    Do such creatures exist? In the passage from Colossians just mentioned, Paul said there are things visible and invisible. Then he immediately said, "whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities." The verse plainly states that invisible thrones, powers, rulers, and authorities exist. They are in the world today, and they are working powerfully in our daily lives.

What You'll Find in This Book

    This book exposes invisible authorities and powers and illustrates how various spiritual forces work against us, within us, and for us. But this book is not a collection of scary stories of exorcisms and wild speculations about Satan and his angels. The unprovable, often unbiblical, misleading speculations on this subject don't help Christians win the spiritual war; they aid and abet Satan. Those believing the wildly sensational are so busy looking for a demon under every bush that they unwittingly expose themselves to the real attacks of satanic forces, which come unseen from seemingly innocent sources and hit them on the blind side. On the other hand, those who reject sensationalism often reject the reality of the spiritual war that sensationalism masks. Rejecting the foolish, they also reject the wise. The devil becomes a cartoon character not to be feared but to be ignored, having no more power or substance than the goblins of children's dreams. 

    This book gives the Bible a position preeminent to any speculation or opinion. In this book, we will study Scriptures about Satan, angels, demons, the dead, and much more. We will discuss openly the roles of angels, both good and bad, and of the demons working for the most evil angel of all. 

    In this revised version of Seeing the Unseen, you will find new chapters on the subject of demons, reflecting my recent findings, and many other rewritten portions throughout the book. This book will also share the stories of many people -- any one of whom may reflect you almost perfectly and give you insight into yourself and your circumstances that will change you forever. No, not stories of supernatural occurrences, but stories of real people facing real life with all its complications and frustrating puzzles. While I will always tell you the true core of each story, many names and other details will be altered. Sometimes I will blend two stories into one when they fit well without damaging either. My purpose in altering these stories is to protect identities and to ensure privacy. I have no right to bring more harm or pain to anyone, including myself, and especially my family. When both first and last names are used, you will know that the names and the stories are not disguised; they are told just as they happened. While it's true that anecdotal evidence proves nothing, the common threads of these lives weave a tapestry of revelation and conviction. 

   To make this study about spiritual warfare easier, this book is

divided into four sections:

  • Learning to See the Unseen
  • The Forces at Work Against Us
  • The Forces at Work Within Us
  • The Forces at Work For Us

    Each section is important and each relates to the other. I suggest you start at the beginning and read the chapters in order, making notes in the margins and writing questions that come to mind.

Spiritual Warfare Is Real

The real battle of evil is not against ghosts or demonic possession; it is within ourselves. The primary tool of Satan is not possession; it is deception. He deceives us into believing that he is not real.

    While each one of us is very much responsible for our own actions, unseen beings do influence us, either for good or for bad. And because their influence is so powerful, it is imperative that we understand who they are and what they do. Only then will we be at a vantage point to accept or reject their subtle, or not-so-subtle, guidance.

Satan is real, and there are angels around us. If you believe the Bible is true, you must believe in spiritual warfare.

    I pray for you an enlightening and profitable reading. May God bless you as you study.

Chapter One

What Is Spiritual Vision?

    Slapping some sense into her wasn't an option, so I just sat there, drenched in frustration. No matter how hard I tried to help her see it, she couldn't believe she was sinning. 

    "How can you say I shouldn't see him again?" she asked incredulously. "God sent him to me."

    "Then why are you here? If there isn't an awareness deep within you that you are doing wrong, why did you come to me about this?" I struggled to pierce her barricade.

    "I don't know why I'm here, but I know God sent him to me, and I know that God wants me to be with him."

    He was married, an alcoholic, and habitually unemployed. She was lonely and longing. Those filters distorted her clear-sightedness, and all she could see was his handsomeness, his charm, and that he wanted her more than anything or anyone. He appeared at just the right time, saying just the right words, and filling just the right needs. Since she had been praying for precisely those things, she was convinced, without doubt, that God had sent him. When he divorced his wife, they would live happily ever after, praising God for the introduction.

    As I listened, I felt it again, that same desire I've felt so many other times. "God, if You ever offer me one gift like You did to Solomon, I know what I want. Give me the ability to lay hands on people to give them supernatural vision. God, I want to be able to make people see the unseen."

    If I'd had that gift that day, I would have walked around my desk, placed my hands on Charlotte, and prayed, "God, for the next week open her eyes to the unseen spirit world. Make visible to her every angel, demon, or spirit who comes into her presence. Don't let them hide from her or disguise themselves. Make them plain." Then I would have sent her out to see the "shining knight" who had come to rescue her from her loneliness. 

     She would have come back. 

    Terrified.

    She would have seen the spirits escorting this man, and she would have fled, screaming for deliverance. Because she was not yet completely corrupt, she would have been repulsed by the sight and nearness of the evil ones leading her into this trap. 

But as it was, she did not see. They offered her a lie; she bought it altogether. The lie was leading to a disaster in her life and the lives of everyone who would be touched by their sin.

Spiritual Vision = Discernment + Bible Knowledge 

    I didn't have the gift of imparting spiritual vision that day, and God hasn't given it to me since. In fact, no one has it. But He has given His people the ability to discern good and evil and the ability to understand His Word. And well used, these two abilities can accomplish the same things as the gift I begged for. God has not left us defenseless against the attack of the evil ones, nor has He allowed them any advantage. He has made sure the vantage is ours. But, tragically, it is an advantage seldom used.

    Charlotte didn't use it. She refused to discern good from evil, and she refused to listen to those who did. She refused to see the truth. Her knight kept his sheen until she married him. It lasted less than a year. Now Charlotte is lonely and longing again, but this time, she has an added bitterness that makes it likely she will be lonely forever. Spiritual men are repelled by her malignant aura. Deplorably, the hunters who stalk carnal pleasure aren't repulsed by it at all; they read it well and are drawn to her. Her angry isolation identifies her as an easy prey for seduction. 

    The evil ones do their job well.

Choose to See

    Charlotte could have seen what was happening if she had chosen to. All of us can. God has warned us of every trick, every deception, and every power that stands against us, and He has given us the knowledge to see through the deceptions and to overcome. These spiritual weapons are revealed in the Scriptures, but they are so often neglected that, for many Christians, the weapons are rusty or misused or laid aside where they can't be found. 

    And that leaves those Christians exposed to terrible spiritual assault.

    Without the awareness of which urgings are from evil beings and which nudges are from good beings, you may find yourself in situations without the wisdom you need to make right decisions. 

    You are the only barrier that cannot be overcome in opening your eyes to the unseen. If you refuse to see it, nothing I write will make any difference. You must open yourself to the truth of God, and you must allow His truth to become part of who you are and how you live. Just knowing about spiritual matters doesn't make you a powerful soldier in the

spiritual war, and just being aware of Satan's attacks won't prevent their success. But victory is possible when you use the weapons God makes available to you. Spiritual war is an active, not passive, process.

What Would You See?

    If God opened your eyes to see all the spiritual beings around you for the next week, what would you see? 

    For example, are you going someplace where God's angels would be out of place, but where Satan's angels feel right at home? Look around when you get there, and think about who's present -- both seen and unseen.

    Are you planning to do something that neither God nor His angels will benevolently watch? Whatever you do, you will be seen. The question is, what kind of beings will be smiling as they watch your actions? If God's angels aren't happily smiling on you, Satan's angels are malevolently grinning as you carry out your plan. 

    Be open with yourself. Are you involved in a relationship you know isn't right? Do you have feelings of hatred, jealousy, or resentment toward a fellow human being? Are you an agent of gossip? Is your life guided by greed? Have you been lulled into complacency and inaction?

    The next time you sense one of these or any other sin rearing its head in your heart and life, look around you and ask yourself, "What kinds of beings could I see here right now if God opened my eyes? Who's helping me in this?"

    Whatever you are doing or planning to do, continually ask yourself, "What would I see if God gave me the gift of seeing the unseen?"

    The truth may terrify you.

    Or it may give you great peace.

    It's time you learn to discern the invisible power of good and evil and to release the greatest power of all -- the power of God -- to work in you. 

    Read on if you are ready to see the unseen.



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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Section One:

Learning to See the Unseen

1

What Is Spiritual Vision?

2

What Is Satan's Master Strategy for Destruction?
3 What Are Angels?
Section Two:

Forces at Work Against Us

4 Is There Really a Devil?
5 Where Did Satan Come from, and Where Is He Now?
6 What Power Does Satan Have?
7 What Do Satan's Angels Do?
8 What Are Demons?
9 Can They Still Posses People?
10 How Do Christians Overcome the Demonic Today?
11 Are Some Humans Empowered by Satan?
Section Three:

Forces at Work Within Us

12 Why Do Christians Sin?
13 How Can Pleasure Be Bad?
14 How Does Satan Use Pain?
15 How Does Satan Use Religion?
16 How Does Satan Use Families against Themselves?
Section Four:

Forces at Work for Us

17 Why Does God Let Satan Hurt Us?
18 How Does the Cross Defeat Satan?
19 Why Does the Holy Spirit Live in Me?
20 Are Good Angels Active in My Life?
21 How Do God's People - Living and Dead - Help Us?
21 How Does Faith Give the Victory?

Discussion Questions:

Notes:

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