Defeating the Enemy Hell-Bent on Your Destruction.
By Beth Guckenberger
In This Book, You Will:
In this modern-day collection of our Enemy’s activities, learn to anticipate how Satan will attack and discern powerful techniques to preemptively fight against him.
Through biblical examples and engaging stories, author Beth Guckenberger shares how we can be equipped and encouraged to battle Satan with wisdom and boldness.
If God is asking me to engage, He’ll strengthen me for the task.
BONUS! Punch First:
A 21-Day COMBAT Guide to Playing Spiritual Offense
In this journal companion to Throw the First Punch: Defeating the Enemy Hell-Bent on Your Destruction, Beth Guckenberger offers a 21-day guide to fighting the Devil through COMBAT.
Enter into the spiritual battle prepared: This guide will give you spiritual confidence and tools to detangle your thoughts and actions from an unbiblical strategy, and in truth, advance powerfully against the Enemy’s plans to disrupt your life.
Everything is spiritual: Get a clear, directed plan to uncover the Enemy’s tactics and partner with God to experience victory in spiritual warfare.
You can create a COMBAT plan: Learn about the COMBAT method and plan a preventative attack against Satan for the next battle.
I am thrilled to share this activity pack with you! If you’ve been readingThe Heart Who Wanted to Be Whole with children in your life, my prayer is that it cultivates good conversations for you and leads to a comfortable vocabulary around spiritual warfare.
I’ve gotten lots of messages from readers asking how to address the questions children ask around this topic.
Here are my go-to suggestions:
Pray. The Holy Spirit is our counselor and will guide us to understanding. Even if it’s a silent one sentence “Help me, Lord,” acknowledge to yourself and Him that you need supernatural wisdom.
Admit when it’s your question, too. It’s so powerful for kids to grow up understanding that adults don’t know all the answers. We have questions, too. Share when you last remember wrestling with that same question and what you believe is true.
Look for answers. Show them how you search for truth in the Bible. Show them how and where you go to study. It will set a great example for them when they go looking for answers without you one day.
Keep your answer short. Don’t ramble. If kids think their questions will result in a sermon, they will stop asking. Keep your answer succinct and try to end your comments with another question, to keep the conversation going and two-sided.
“Phone a friend.” Tell them who you trust with your questions. It’s healthy for them to know that at all ages, we need good sounding boards and trusted guides on our spiritual journeys.
Write them down. Remember to circle back to it later. It will send a powerful message to them to know their question is worth remembering.
Pray with them. Model for them what it looks like to go to Jesus with our questions and wait on Him to give us peace, wisdom, comfort, understanding, or whatever it is we are asking of Him.
A healthy relationship is curious about one another. Ask questions of your child and their inner life. Listen well and make the space safe for them to share their fears or doubts. The reward will be a defeated enemy and an emotionally and spiritually healthy household.
Day 21: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants me to feel alone. – Beth and Todd discuss the ways community has shaped their lives. This fight is only possible when we are in it together. Beth closes with a final prayer.
Day 20: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants to catch me off guard. – Beth and Todd talk about how they practice COMBAT in their everyday lives. Beth shares the definition of “sozo” and what she means when she reminds Todd “it is not a 10.”
Day 19: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants me to be ignorant of his ways. – Beth and Todd share ways they’ve learned to think forward, recognize patterns, and operate preventatively. Listen for the way one teacher’s words shaped Todd’s view of himself.
Day 18: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants me to be timid. – Beth and Todd discuss what it practically looks like to throw the first punch. Listen for the ways this practice has transformed their spiritual walks.
Day 17: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants me to feel powerless. – Beth and Todd talk about the “A” in COMBAT. They each share stories of the ways scripture, worship, and prayer have been effective weapons in their personal battles.
Day 15: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants to get more mileage out of my sin. – Beth and Todd talk about the “M” in COMBAT. Hear Beth share stories of learning to measure the impact and limit the mileage gained by the enemy.
Day 13: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants me defensive instead of humble. – COMBAT training begins today! Beth and Todd discuss the “C” in COMBAT and why any good battle plan must start with confession.
Day 12: What Does the Enemy Want? He wants to mess with my body and ruin my identity. – Beth talks about the time she had a prophetic dream about building a bridge and what it meant for their lives. Hear Todd share about the power of a family name and the ways it shapes our identity.