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An excerpt from An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare: 20 Battle-Tested Strategies from Behind Enemy Lines by Kristine McGuire, published by Chosen Books.Behind the backdrop of our daily lives, a hidden war is raging. The players are as powerful as they are invisible. What's on the line: your very heart and soul.Are you ready for the battle?After spending years as a medium, witch and ghost hunter, Kristine McGuire emerged from behind enemy lines to reclaim her identity in Christ. She brings unique insight, revealing Satan's 7 favorite battlefields as well as the most effective tactics he employs in the battles we face everyday.In this essential guide to the spiritual war zone, you will learn 30 battle-tested strategies for victory from a spiritual warrior who has been there. Kristine's simple but powerful insights will empower you to engage your enemy without fear . . . and, in the power of Jesus, to win.

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  • AN INSIDERS GUIDE TO

    Spiritual

    Warfare

    30 BATTLE-TESTED STRATEGIES

    FROM BEHIND ENEMY LINES

    Kristine McGuire

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  • 2014 by Kristine McGuire

    Published by Chosen Books

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    Bloomington, Minnesota 55438

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    Chosen Books is a division of

    Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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    ISBN 978-0-8007-9602-0

    Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New In-

    ternational Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.

    Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com

    Scripture quotations identied esv are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

    (ESV), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  • For my mother

    the most faithful prayer warrior

    and teacher of spiritual warfare I know.

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  • Psalm 91

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

    I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress,

    my God, in whom I trust.

    Surely he will save you from the fowlers snare

    and from the deadly pestilence.

    He will cover you with his feathers,

    and under his wings you will nd refuge;

    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

    You will not fear the terror of night,

    nor the arrow that ies by day,

    nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

    A thousand may fall at your side,

    ten thousand at your right hand,

    but it will not come near you.

    You will only observe with your eyes

    and see the punishment of the wicked.

    If you say, The Lord is my refuge,

    and you make the Most High your dwelling,

    no harm will overtake you,

    no disaster will come near your tent.

    For he will command his angels concerning you

    to guard you in all your ways;

    they will lift you up in their hands,

    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

    You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

    Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him;

    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

    He will call on me, and I will answer him;

    I will be with him in trouble,

    I will deliver him and honor him.

    With long life I will satisfy him

    and show him my salvation.

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  • 7Contents

    Foreword by Becky McDonald 13

    Acknowledgments 17

    Introduction: Are You Battle Ready? 19

    Part 1: Life in a Spiritual War Zone

    1. The Battle Dened 25

    2. Who Are Your Allies? 29

    3. Know Your Enemy 37

    4. What Is Spiritual Warfare? 43

    5. What Not to Do 48

    6. Claim Your Identity 55

    Part 2: The Weapons of War

    7. Putting on Your Battle Dress 63

    8. The Belt of Truth 69

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  • 8 Contents

    9. The Breastplate of Righteousness 75

    10. The Shoes of Peace 81

    11. The Shield of Faith 86

    12. The Helmet of Salvation 92

    13. The Sword of the Spirit 98

    Part 3: Common Battlefields

    14. Su

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    29. Praying from Gods Word 216

    30. Living Behind Enemy Lines 222

    Appendix: How You Can Help in the Wider Battle 229

    For Further Reading 231

    Notes 235

    Index 237

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  • 11

    Foreword

    There is a group of famous warriors studied by armies the

    world over to understand warfare. The Ghurkas, an elite

    Nepali band of soldiers, are analyzed by elite forces for training.

    These South Asian warriors have for centuries specialized in

    going behind enemy lines to ght evil where it is most di=cult

    to detect. They have learned to know their enemy, the strategies

    of their enemy and the weapons to use against them. These

    men are themselves a razor-sharp weapon, a unique circle of

    protection with knowledge, skills and insights like few others.

    As a little girl growing up on the Indian subcontinent, I

    learned about these amazing warriors. And today the orga-

    nization I lead, Women At Risk (WAR) International, ghts

    the war being waged against women and children with a pas-

    sion to give them a voice and be for them, like the Ghurkas, a

    circle of protection. Our Nepali partners father is a Ghurka

    who served the Queen of England with distinction, her own

    personal bodyguard.

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    Foreword

    In the same way, this book is to prepare you to be a circle of

    protection to the attack of evil against you and your circle of

    inuence.

    Kristine McGuire, after years of dabbling with the dark side

    and the shadowy evil that exists in our world, has found her

    voice. After feeling silenced by other believers to hide her story,

    she has found the courage to speak out and warn others to ob-

    serve what I have long believed: that if you show attention to

    evil, it will show attention to you. I am proud of Kristine for

    using her voice to help others.

    Her book focuses on the mind, where most spiritual warfare

    happens. Rarely (though occasionally) in the West do we witness

    apparitions or people levitating or getting thrown into walls.

    These things happen more overseas. But fascination with the

    paranormal in the West is growing, especially in Hollywood

    and the youth culture. Most warfare starts with internal psycho-

    logical combat. Kristines book addresses the need for spiritual

    protection; for knowledge of the commands of Scripture, based

    on Gods real promises; and for recognizing the lies we have

    come to believe that keep us from being battle-ready.

    Ghurkhas understand this. During World War II they would

    take out just one of a pair of Nazi sentries keeping watch. Killing

    the one awake and leaving the one asleep to awaken and nd his

    dead comrade created a lie that would cripple many.

    Lies today are no di

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    In my experience, each battleeld comes with a lie:

    Battlefield Lie

    Suffering I deserve it.

    Worry I cant fight this.

    Anger I hate myself or the people who did this to me.

    Lust I need this and have a right to it, no matter what it does to others.

    Laziness I am powerless to fight this; I give up.

    Gossip This isnt my fault; someone else is to blame.

    Strife I will lash out at whoever scares me to protect those I love. I also want to hide in a bubble, even if Im isolated.

    Kristines strategy points remov