“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
One thing that is true for all of us is that we live in a spiritual world where a spiritual battle exists. This battle is for our souls; more specifically, the eternal destination of our souls.
Satan once lived with God as Lucifer, a glorious angel, but because of pride, he wanted glory for himself. Because God doesn’t tolerate competition for His glory and position, Lucifer was cast out of Heaven, eternally separated from God. A place called Hell was created for him and any who choose to follow him.
Satan, also called, devil, enemy, deceiver, thief, is not happy about his future in an eternal Hell. He is pure evil and will stop at nothing to accomplish his will; to bring as many of us to Hell with him as possible. He has many troops of fallen angels who work at his beck and call to go out to anyone who invites him in (I will explain this later in this article).
God, on the other hand, has created a place for His faithful followers, His children, to go to spend their eternal futures with Him. God wants no man to perish alongside the devil in the pit of Hell, so He is working tirelessly also to save the lost. God also has an army of angels who go all over the world helping whom He tells them to. The Holy Spirit is everywhere and is ready to help anyone who will invite Him in by accepting Jesus Christ into their lives.
Jesus is our Savior; here to offer us Salvation and eternal life. God sent Him to be available to anyone who calls on Him. Those who do accept Jesus share in the Inheritance, gain eternal life, and share in Jesus’ victory over the enemy. This victory means: the enemy lost his power over us. We have free will to choose either Jesus or Satan. Satan will work to make us believe that he still has power, but this is a lie.
When Jesus died on the cross and was raised up three days later, He took the power from Satan, and now it is Jesus, who has full authority over everything, has the power to save our souls if we would simply ask Him into our lives.
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Satan will make you doubt everything he can
He will make you doubt your Salvation
Believers still struggle in life. We can still have financial issues, we can still have health issues, and we can have faith issues. When we get to a moment of weakness in our lives, perhaps due to a difficult situation or a lack of time spent with the Lord, the devil moves in to start destroying.
For a believer who has faith, if the enemy can cause us to doubt that which we believe, he can bring us into a position of vulnerability. Faith in God is our greatest strength. For the faithful believer, there is very little God won’t do for that person. However, when we take our focus off the power and glory of the Lord, and, start to listen to the subtle lies of the enemy, we risk losing protection from God, including His authority in our life.
Satan will surely start questioning our Salvation; “Are you sure you are really saved?” “Do you feel saved?” “God hasn’t spoken to you or helped you out of your difficult situation; are you sure that you are actually one of His children?”
These are the kinds of thoughts he will put in our heads. If we don’t spend time in prayer to God and time reading His bible, we won’t be in a position of spiritual strength to protect ourselves. Instead of recalling God’s promises to us in scripture, our minds can start to get foggy.
Just because Satan can make us question our Salvation doesn’t mean we lose our Salvation. But if we do allow these thoughts to fester in our minds, we do risk falling away to some degree where we risk being attacked even more. And, don’t think that the enemy will ever let up. He has no mercy.
He will make you doubt your prayers
When we pray, we are linking directly to the Creator of all things; the universe and everything in it. The enemy will surely make us question this, too. When we pray about this or that, and say “In Jesus’ name, Amen,” we must believe it’s true and done. We are told to see our prayers as already fulfilled (Mark 11:24), however, the enemy will give us a thought of doubt as soon as we say Amen.
A strong, faith-filled prayer warrior will discard these thoughts as quickly as they come, but to the struggling Christian; he is an easy target. We need to be on our toes as the enemy is steadily prowling around us. Always looking for a mere moment of weakness. Fortunately, through prayer and belief and knowledge of the bible, we can know that our God is more powerful, and that we have that power to draw from when we have Christ in us.
If we find that we struggle in our prayers to believe or to get our words out effectively, the solution is to pray more. What we must understand is that when we speak a prayer to God, that prayer goes through the Holy Spirit and Jesus himself before it gets to God. The prayer we speak, and the prayer God hears are of a different nature (Romans 8:26,27).“A strong, faith-filled prayer warrior will discard these thoughts from the enemy as quickly as they come.” Click To Tweet
Because the Holy Spirit and Jesus intercede on our behalf, God recognizes the righteousness of His Son in us when we pray; not us. Because of His Son’s righteousness, God is ready and willing to answer these prayers according to His Will, which is His mighty plan for our lives.
Become a prayer warrior for you and your family. Claim dominion over every good thing in your life because with Christ in you, you share in His authority. When you pray, know that God will answer your prayer according to His Will, and rest easy knowing that the Great Creator is going to bring about the best possible outcome; regardless of what Satan is telling you.
He will make you doubt God’s promises
As we read through the bible, we start to learn verses that stick out to us. This is God speaking directly to you when a verse seems to jump off the page to you. These verses are something to take note of; something we should spend some time thinking about and learning about.
As we continue to learn more and more of these promising verses, we become more and more powerful against the enemy’s attacks; that is, if we use these scriptures at that time of attack.
In Ephesians 6:10-17, we are told that we have armor from God that we can put on daily. It is by praying and reading the Word of God and developing our relationship with Him that we gain in strength. As our knowledge of the Word increases, so does our power over the enemy. Satan knows this too!
So, when we are having a tough time with something and then we rattle off a scripture, a promise of God, the enemy quickly shows up and asks: “Is that really what God meant? Are you sure that applies to you?”
The great thing with reading the bible is that we get to see how the devil tried to work against so many of God’s people, but that God’s glorious plans always triumphed over Satan’s. Those warriors of the bible who trusted in God read these exact same verses back then, prayed to the exact same God, and overcame the attacks of the exact same devil.
Read the promises and believe that God is powerful to fulfill these; even if you are a new believer. Pray to become aware of the attacks of the enemy and cling to God in all moments; especially, in moments of weakness.
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Listening to the enemy destroys the “whole” life
If we give any attention to the enemy, he starts building power in our lives. As he gets more time within us, he does more destruction. If allowed, he will keep tearing down all that we are and all that we have worked for. Consider someone who gets hooked on heavy drugs. That person might lose their home, their family and friends, and any hope for a better future. For some, they might even lose their life here on earth.
Satan isn’t interested in causing a bit of mischief and then moving on to someone else. With him, it’s the whole deal. He won’t rest until we are completely broken and separated from God; if we let him.
Listening to the enemy weakens your faith
As he gets into our minds and tells us lies and questions all that we believe, our faith can start to become weak and waver. If we have a strong faith in God, we must protect that. If we think that our faith is so strong and that the enemy can’t touch us, we should prepare for a fall.
Full surrender and reliance on God each day, and even every moment, is what will protect our faith. When we start thinking that we are very strong or this or that, that’s when the enemy builds on the seed of pride in us. We often don’t see this growing in us until it has formed enough that someone else points it out to us.
Submitting to God will keep us walking in true faith and constant refreshment of God’s Word will equip us to manage the attacks of the enemy. Satan is weak against the Lord, but if we allow him to plant any seed in us, he instantly gains power and we give him that power.
Put your full faith and trust in the Lord and watch for the enemy. Watch your actions, habits, and thoughts throughout the day. Ask God on a daily basis to protect your mind and to direct your path. He will.
Listening to the enemy draws you away from God
God is faithful to help us and protect us, so long as we’re walking in obedience. It is when we decide to step out of God’s Will for our lives that we lose His protection. In every small act of disobedience to God, we give the enemy a major foothold in our lives.
The smallest wrongdoing you can think of; borrowing someone’s favorite shirt without asking, for instance, is an entryway for the enemy. Any act of disobedience is an invitation to the enemy. Disobedience is a characteristic of the enemy; obedience is a characteristic of the Spirit of God.
Even as small and as minor of an offense that we see something as, God see’s it as sin. God is clear in His Word that small sin and big sin have no differences to Him; all is sin (James 2:10,11 and 4:17 speak of this).
When we commit a sin, God wants us to confess and repent of that sin immediately. He wants us to walk with a clear conscience and not in guilt or condemnation. God wants us to stay as close to Him as possible, even when we make a mistake.
If you feel like you haven’t been living your best for God, turn to Him in prayer and tell Him about it. Asking for forgiveness is the pathway back to God’s care and provision.
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Listening to the enemy steals your joy and peace
If there is one thing that we all want, it’s joy and peace. We work to pay for things we think will make us happy. Soon, we sell those things in hope that the freed-up space will make us happy. Then we go places or try things that will make us happy, but to no avail. Sure, a temporary smile, but not ongoing or deep joy and peace.
The joy and peace that Jesus offers is said to pass all understanding (Philippians 4:7). This means, even if we get a flat tire or we lose a job or worse, God can fill us with a peace that calms us completely; against all reasoning and understanding. Everyone will assess the situation and say, “You should be losing your mind in grief,” but we will instead be stable and still able to smile and praise God.
However, once again, as soon as the enemy comes after us through an open door or moment of weakness, we then transfer God’s power over us to the enemy. That’s when God’s peace leaves us, and Satan’s thoughts of fear and worry start building into stress and anxiety. All this because we allow our focus to shift away from God’s providence to the fearful thoughts that streak across our minds like a flash.
If we allow these thoughts to go on for any amount of time, they will build, and soon bring us to a point of depression.
If you are struggling with any fearful or worrisome thoughts, give them to God. Psalm 55:22 tells us to cast our cares on the Lord. Give Him your burdens. He can replace them with His peace and give an added measure of joy.
Listening to the enemy destroys your self-image
Before moving on from this section, let’s just consider for a moment what the enemy is really doing in us. As he gets permission from us to come into us and destroy us, he is working hard to get to our core belief about ourselves.
When we are rooted in a faith in Christ, his first mission is to get us doubting anything Jesus says to us. Once he gets a bit of distance between us and Jesus, then he starts putting thoughts of fear into our minds. As he accomplishes this, and we bite, then he compounds those fearful thoughts until we start losing sleep and our health even starts to diminish to a degree.
If we go so far as to slip into depression, we risk turning to something tempting that might make us feel better; drugs, alcohol, adult-industry material, or even compulsive spending and building up debt. The after-effect of these generally results in regret, which can quickly turn to condemnation of ourselves;
“I’m such an idiot…why do I do this stuff? I’ll never do anything right!”
God can’t stand this kind of thinking. God created us in His image; a Winning image. We have a brain that can’t be fully understood; our body is a complete work of art in how it functions; we have creative abilities and the ability to love. We are an amazing creation and God made us. So, when we start talking trash about ourselves, we are talking trash about the work God has done in us.
Instead, when we see that Satan is trying to take us down, cry out to God all the more. Get somewhere private and spend time acknowledging your need for Jesus to help you.
Even if we don’t have words, the Holy Spirit will read our spirit and go to the Lord as our Intercessor. God will take us at any time and in any condition. We can literally come dragging ourselves neck-deep in sin and sorrow, and God is ready and willing to go to work on us. For a great illustration of this, read about the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32.
Resist the devil
Turning from Satan to God takes only one word to God; Help.
When we submit to God, that is, come humbly before Him in acknowledgement of our need for His help, He quickly grabs hold of us and goes to work. First, He shuts up the enemy and gives us some much-needed rest.
Although we might’ve made some poor choices and now have some negative or undesirable consequences, God will help us heal and will turn things around. This might not happen instantly. We must understand that God is a God of Justice, and when He rescues us from a life of death, He doesn’t necessarily remove our difficult circumstances.
Part of learning is having to go through something. For me, I racked up lots of debt. God delivered me from overspending and financing stuff, but the debt remains. However, God didn’t abandon me to it. Even though I had been permanently laid off from a great-paying job and we were reduced to one income, He has not missed a single payment in more than four years.
Yes, it’s been a long lesson and time of learning, but I am gaining much wisdom through this. I am also learning to be content and grateful for what I have. For me, this is a great work God is doing in me.
So, if the enemy is attacking you or you have been walking with the devil for many years, you can make a choice for Jesus right now and turn your life completely around; in a 180. There are a small handful of things we must do to be successful as a follower of Christ. These are:
- Pray to God
- Read the bible
- Rebuke the enemy
- Get discernment from God
- Be immersed in God’s glory at all times
1. Pray to God
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
The very first thing you must do to come to God is to pray to Him. Ask Jesus to come into your life and help you. Ask Jesus to show you the way to a better life. Think of anything that you’ve done wrong in your life, this is sin, and tell Jesus about it. Ask Him to forgive you for it. He will.“I know that I can come to God for anything and everything in a moment’s notice.” Click To Tweet
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray and how to read the bible and how to hear from God. The more that you come to God in prayer each day, the more connected to God you will become. If you understand how relationships are built through time spent together and each person’s contribution to that relationship, you will understand that it’s the same way between us and God. It takes participation.
As a praying man, I know that I can come to God for anything and everything in a moment’s notice. Even if I am driving and something comes to mind, I share it with God. I don’t have to close my eyes to ask for direction from the Lord or to give praise to Him for something great that just occurred to me. God see’s our heart condition; not the eloquent words or the interesting praying positions some people do.
Hitting our knees shows our respect to God and our submission before Him. If we are in a situation in society somewhere or while driving where we can’t simply go to our knees, He wants to hear from us in that moment, and not eight hours later when we can assume a certain position.
It’s these mini-moments we spend with God in prayer that help build our connection with Him. And, we can be sure that He enjoys these just as much as we do.
2. Read the bible
1 Thessalonians 2:13
“Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.”
When the Apostles told people about the Good News, that is Salvation through Jesus, they preached from the bible. This bible is the Word of God. It is written by many authors, each inspired by the Living God.
This is not an ordinary book, but one that has power and can speak to us. When you pray, or right before you pick up a bible to read, ask God to open your spiritual eyes to understand His bible and ask Him to show you what you need to know.
Pay particular attention to the verses that jump from the page as this is a way that God speaks to each of us. We are told to meditate on the scriptures and when we make a habit of doing this, we receive new meaning to an otherwise vague sentence. Without spiritual sight from God, we can read His Word, the bible, and come away without understanding what we just read.
If we are struggling with attacks from the enemy, search the book of Psalms and see how King David also dealt with many attacks from the enemy. We can see his songs and prayers to the Lord, and we can even see his anguish in times of adversity where he cries out to the Lord for help.
3. Rebuke the enemy
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
When we find the enemy putting thoughts of fear or intimidating thoughts in our mind, we are told to turn to God in full surrender. Once we go to God in a humble mindset, one where He is powerful to help us and protect us, we can then tell Satan to beat it, and he must.
This is particularly important when we are faced with temptation of any sort. God will provide an exit and we must wisely run through that exit with our focus on God.
Rebuking the devil means to put him in his place. In the full authority of Christ, we must tell the enemy to get behind us; to leave. As we do this more often, we start to understand our power in Christ more. These attacks don’t become less frequent; instead, we become more aware and quick to obey God.
If the enemy is attacking you in some way, surrender to God and then command the enemy to leave you in the name of Jesus.
4. Get discernment from God
Philippians 1:9,10 NIV
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ”
The Holy Spirit, who God gives us when we receive Jesus, is able to provide us with a discerning spirit. He can and will work with us to learn how to use this discernment. Discernment, or the ability to judge truth, is a powerful force for us.
Let’s not forget, Satan was once in the presence of God as Lucifer. This means he is well-versed in God’s Word. When the enemy starts speaking lies to us, it’s often 90% truth and 10% lies. Of course, this is just an exaggeration and a loose statistic, but the idea is, if we don’t know the truth, how can we know when we are being tricked?
False teachers and false religions draw many people in through slightly false beliefs. They might worship a god, but the god they worship is a derivative of the true God, not a duplication, but one that is molded to match their idea of how god should be for them.
God warns us in the first commandment of the bible not to have other gods before Him. He doesn’t tolerate ignorance here. If we break the law out of ignorance, we have still broken the law.
With discernment, we can stay on the narrow path that leads to life. With discernment, we can be aware of the lies of the enemy and the false teachings of Anti-Christs.
Pray for discernment today and spend much time learning the Word of God – the bible.
5. Be immersed in God’s glory at all times
1 Chronicles 16:23-31
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns!’”
Our God is worthy of praise and worship!
Satan can’t stand to hear songs of worship to the Lord. The next time that the enemy comes attacking, start speaking words of praise to Jesus. The devil will not stick around to listen to this.
Praise be to God Almighty!
The enemy is a thief; stealing away our peace and joy and our connection to the Lord. However, in the same verse in John 10:10 that says the thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, Jesus also says that He, that is Jesus, comes that we can have an abundant life.
If the enemy is knocking, don’t answer. If you notice an open door to the enemy in your life, that is, any known sin or anything that you feel might be wrong in the sight of God, abandon such things and turn to God. God will close the door for you. This is known as deliverance from whatever grip the enemy had.
Is there anything in your life that is damaging and that you need deliverance from? Just ask Jesus!
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.