So there was Nehemiah…

  • Doing a good thing. A thing God called him to do: Rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.
  • Doing it for the right reasons. Because he was stirred by God to do it.
  • And doing it with model integrity. God’s way.

Nehemiah was in the center of God’s will and in the midst of God’s work, when—BAM! Satan showed up to try to take Nehemiah down and put a stop to the work.

And not just once, but over and over. First this way and then that way. (Here’s the full story.)

Why? Because spiritual opposition to God’s people and God’s work comes (1 Corinthians 15:23-28).

For Nehemiah, things got so bad that to finish the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, his volunteer building crew literally had to work on the wall with one hand—while holding a weapon in the other

Maybe you can relate. Because every Christ follower alive has some kind of work to do in God’s kingdom (Ephesians 2:10). And when you’re doing it, spiritual opposition comes.

The Bible says the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), and sometimes that means he comes for us. Sometimes we or our loved ones are in battles for our lives. But God has provided us the tools we need to fight spiritual battles and win (Ephesians 6:11-18).

Recommended Reading and Listening

5 Books to Read to Win Your Spiritual Battles – At my website, I’ve put together a list of 5 books to help you win your spiritual battles. If the idea of spiritual warfare is new to you, the books by Lewis and Alcorn will help open your spiritual eyes to the strategies that the enemy often uses. And when you already know you’re in the thick of battle, the books by Thiessen and Hughes, Eldredge, and Payne will help you take up your weapons and fight well.

Fighting for Your Life: Chrystal Evans Hurst’s Podcast Episode 235 featuring Susie Larson – In this episode, Susie shares about a physical battle for her life that had spiritual roots. Although I’ve heard her recount this story before (and she writes about it in her excellent book Fully Alive) it still made me cry to hear again how much God cared about setting her up for the victory she won through the fight, because I’ve been there, too. Don’t miss this. 

Stay by AmyLu Riley – When Hell rains down everything it has in an attempt to take out one of God’s children, and God’s child stands in faith, something is going to change. God makes sure of that. This is my story.

The Ransomed Heart Podcast from John EldredgeWith just a quick scroll through the list of episode topics, you’ll find practical encouragement to win the spiritual battle you’re in. 

Parting Words & Win My New Book!

The Bible really calls it like it is, both in the inevitably of the fight, and in the ability of the Christian to win:

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

– Ephesians 6:13 (NLT)

Although spiritual battles come in many areas of life, a big one that many people are facing is the spiritual battle that comes along with physical health issues. Six out of 10 people in the U.S. are living with some unhealed physical condition. If you’re one of them, my upcoming book Faith with Grit for the Not-Yet Healed is for you. And if you have a friend who is one of the 6 in 10 with a chronic health issue, the book is for them, too!

To help get the word out about the book to as many people as possible who are waiting for healing, I’m having a Faith with Grit October Book Giveaway exclusively for you and your friends. The prizes are copies of the upcoming Faith with Grit book! It’s easy to enter; the instructions are below. And there is no limit to the number of entries you can have, so spread the word to as many friends as you think might be interested!

Onward to victory.


P.S. Enter the Faith with Grit October Book Giveaway now! You & a friend could each win a copy of my upcoming book!

Faith with Grit October Book Giveaway


I’ll be giving away a copy of my upcoming book Faith with Grit for the Not-Yet Healed to someone who subscribes to my email list for the first time during October and to the person who recommended that friend!


  1. Recommend to a friend: Forward this email to someone you care about who might be interested in reading Faith with Grit for the Not-Yet Healed. Here’s my invitation to them!

You’re invited to join my free email list and be entered for a chance to win a copy of my next book, Faith with Grit for the Not-Yet Healed! To enter, subscribe to my email list at and then confirm your subscription (by clicking the link in the confirmation email you’ll receive) by October 31, 2019.

  1. Then submit your entry: Hit reply to this email and let me know the email address of the friend you recommended. If that friend subscribes to the email list at and confirms their email subscription by October 31, you’re both entered to win! There is no limit to the number of entries you can have for this contest, so spread the word to as many friends as you think might be interested!


Emailing me an email address of a friend will not subscribe your friend to the email list, nor enter them in the contest. Your entry email and the information it contains will only be used to enter you for a chance to win if your friend subscribes at and confirms their email subscription by October 31. Entries are only considered complete if both parties complete the steps described above before midnight CDT on October 31, 2019. Unconfirmed email subscriptions are not eligible for prizes. In order for a recommender to be eligible to win, the email address the recommender provided must match the email address their friend used to subscribe. If more than one person recommends the same friend who subscribes, a drawing between the recommender names will be used to determine the recommender winner. Winners will be notified by email using the addresses they provided. Winners will be asked to provide a physical mailing address to receive their prizes. Lord willing, the book named as the prize will be released later this fall; I reserve the right to substitute prizes if necessary. Contest is open to U.S. persons only; prizes will only be mailed to U.S. addresses.

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