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Seeing the Unseen Paperback – April 1, 2002
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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.
- Publisher : Howard Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1582292736
- ISBN-13 : 978-1582292731
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beam uses God's Holy Word to tear away the veil and expose the spiritual realm with all its intrigue and mystery, (Ephesians 6-12). Whether we want to admit it or not, we have an enemy in the spiritual realm who is constantly on the prowl. He despises us with a hatred more distructive than any force imaginable, and he is constantly seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5-8). This enemy is unmasked before our eyes. The popular view of Satan being red-cloaked, hoofed, and horned couldn't be further from the truth. We see that our enemy is mesmerizingly beautiful, crafty and manipulative. Perhaps the most memorable quote from the book is, "Satan's primary tool is not possession but deception". Beam shows, through the use of events from people's lives, that actions from the spiritual realm directly affect our own. We all have a vital role to play in this spiritual war. Prayer truly makes a difference.
Perhaps the best chapter asked the question, "What was really accomplished by Jesus Christ on the cross"? In this chapter, Beam presents a melodrama in which Satan confronts his Creator while Christ is in the throes of spiritual agony upon the cross. Satan triumphantly proclaims that he has won the battle. Was Christ's physical pain really relevant? We as readers are forced to examine what is really important. Beam postulates that it is doubtful that Jesus even felt the physical pain of crucifixion because his spiritual pain was beyond anything we could ever comprehend. Christ's pure blood was shed, and He took upon Himself every sin ever to be committed, (2 Corinthians 5-21). What a tremendous burden to bear. His death and resurrection provides assurance of the ultimate victory if we put our faith in Him. This chapter brought me to tears.
The chapter dealing with the reason for pain and suffering within the world is equally moving. Beam's examination of 1 Peter Chapter 1 will truly move you. God is portrayed as a goldsmith who painstakingly burns away our impurities and helps us to persevere until He can see His face reflected in us. The examination of the life of Job and Beam's own candid discussion of his mentally handicapped daughter is beautiful. We never know what trial God will use to prepare us for a wonderful work in His kingdom. If you, like me, have dealt with pain in your life, this chapter is very relevant. You will be literally brought to your knees as you see how Satan's ignorance is used against him, and how God ultimately orchestrates events for His glory.
I implore you to read this unforgettable book, and be encouraged to take a stand against the malevolent forces of darkness. You will gain confidence and strength, and you will never look at the world the same way again. God bless you all.
Joe has done a wonderful job of digging through scripture on these issues and bringing to light areas where he and a significant number of Christians over the years have misunderstood Satan, his evil forces and how Satan has used that to his advantage. He doesn't quote scripture and tell you how you should believe. He brings the pertinent passages together so that you are able to see what Satan has been successful in hiding. Joe also brings to light the areas where Satan works (sometimes with great effectiveness) to tear down and corrupt what God has given us. What makes this book have great impact on its readers is how Joe has done a wonderful job of helping you put into practical use the things you learn from it into your daily life. There are many things in my spiritual life that I have a hard time with. After reading this book it was almost as if a switch had been thrown and the area of difficulty was turned off. I don't mean to say that it has gone away completely, but I have a better understanding as to why I was having a hard time and now have better tools to fight against it.
If there are certain areas of sin or temptation in your life that you struggle with regularly but just can't seem to ever conquer it, this book just might be what you need. It is an easy read. You won't want to put it down. This is one I will read more than once and will give as gifts to friends I know who feel like they are loosing the battle.
Joe Beam writes of those that are trapped in their sin being under what he calls demonization - simply the overwhelming influence of demons on the believer to do live contrary to a Christ-centered life of purity. Howbeit, each person mus bear the responsibility for his or her own actions.
What gives one a new dimension to the Christian life is the view that one cannot judge others by the moral pit they may have fallen into as they have failed to understand the forces that are at work in the lives of Christians.
The importance of living a Spirit-filled life is essential to victory in the living a life that truly reflects the righteousness in Christ. It is really a matter of piority and focus.