The Enemy’s Strategies

This post is inspired by two of John Eldredge’s books, “Wild at Heart” and “Walking with God”.

Satan has a lot of people believing that he isn’t there. As if “it’s not that deep” and spiritual warfare isn’t real. Some people know he is real, but don’t always recognize when they are under attack. Others may live their lives in such a way that they aren’t really a threat to him, so he leaves them comfortable in their bondage. However, Satan, our enemy, is real. He is actively working to destroy God’s children and His image within them.

The enemy knows us, the lives we have lived, our strengths and our weaknesses. He knows our purpose. He takes his time to study us and strategizes on ways to attack us. He has always been clever in his methods, so much so that his attacks can be subtle. For example, someone may have chronic headaches and accept that it’s normal for them. Think about how debilitating a headache may be. Or, how that can turn into someone not believing in God’s healing power. Or, how having constant headaches can make someone retreat to their bed ALL THE TIME, or have a bad attitude. Imagine how that would destroy their relationships and affect them emotionally. Who would stop to think that Satan is behind it? That is just one example, but you see how something so small can lead to greater destruction?

Remember Satan’s over all agenda, to steal, kill, and destroy. John Eldredge wrote the methods Satan uses to do this. These methods include:

Making it seem as if he isn’t there: Satan can plant ideas in our minds and have us believing that they’re our own thoughts. He can trigger us so that we end up fighting with other people, thinking they’re our problem. He is behind catastrophic events, but we don’t consider his play behind them. Na, he’s there and he’s the one behind it all.

Cutting the line of communication between us and God: This is done through distraction, confusion, busyness, sickness, and so on.

Accusation: This sounds like “you’re a failure”, “no one will listen to you”, “you won’t be able to get that done”, “you don’t have what it takes”, “You’ll never get it right”, “you’re not enough”, “you can’t” and on and on. All the accusations he says against us, our character, our value, our worth, and our abilities. He’ll even accuse God.

Intimidation and fear: When we recognize what Satan is doing in our lives, the attacks and oppression, he resorts to intimidation and fear. Even more so after we fight back. He can come back harder.

Cutting a deal/ making agreement: This when Satan tries to get us to agree with what he has been telling us, , tries to wear us down, and get us to the point that we just give in.

We really have to understand that Satan is our real enemy. He has had thousands of years of experience in destroying what God has created. He continues to do this on a large and small scale. From major wars, to being involved in the minor details of our daily lives. This is why we have to be alert and vigilant. Otherwise we will be susceptible to oppression and destruction. Resist, fight back, and call on the Lord. We have been given authority, strength, and power through Christ. Certainly, we can pray for God help and rescue us, but we can also speak to the devil and his demons. We can bind and rebuke in Jesus name. Know that God is always with us, always present as well, and He definitely fights with us/ for us too.

So, don’t give in, don’t make agreements, and stay in your word. Know your Word, so when Satan tells you some lie, you have the true Word of God to fight back with.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 (NKJV)

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10-19 (NKJV)

“10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:-10-12 (KJV)

Stay blessed


Here is where you can find the books this post was inspired by for the low low.

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul

John Eldredge

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Walking with God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really.

Walking with God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really.

John Eldredge

from: $3.79

 

 

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Book Quote #2

“You do know what He [God] is after in your own life, don’t you? Maybe that’s why we stay so busy — to avoid knowing, so we can avoid dealing with it.”

John Elderedge, Walking With God

Tear It Down!

The sermon from last Sunday was right on time with what I wrote about in my previous post [Sn: I love it when that happens]. Quick summary, my pastor used Joshua 24:14-15 to let us know that there are parts of our culture that we have to let go of.

So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone.15But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24: 14-15 (NLT)

That resonated with me because it affirmed that I do not have to feel bad for believing in God and Jesus. I chose not to follow other spiritual practices, such as those practiced by my ancestors. I chose to follow Christ and have relationship with him. 

Pastor tied this in with his message about legacies. He said something that really struck me. He said “Some legacies are not for us to follow, but for us to tear down.” How powerful is that statement! Sometimes we believe we have to carry on certain beliefs, practices, attitudes, and behaviors. Especially if it’s for the culture. That’s not true! The same scripture applies. Let it go! Some one has to be the one to say no, this ends here. This isn’t of God and it ends here. Tear that legacy down.

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Woke-ish Christian

“The devil wants you to feel guilty for believing God.”

– Bishop Jacqueline McCollough

 

Some time ago I spoke to God from a place in my heart that was hurting. Another innocent black person had been killed by a police officer. It was Philando Castile. People on social media were going off. Why did I watch that video? There were people venting, posting photos of other African Americans who were murdered by police officers, and others posted their own experiences with racism. People were enraged, scared, and hurt, to say the least. These were innocent people. My people.

There was no justice. Just slaps on the wrists and these officers were back to their regular lives.

I remember tears building in my eyes as I spoke to God.  I asked him “why would you put me on this Earth that doesn’t love me, nor my people”. “Why would you put us here for this?” was a question in my mind for weeks. I questioned God, but I didn’t wait for an answer.

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Where I’m At

So, it’s been a while. Months actually. I’ve been going through the motions, but believe me this blog has been on my mind. Honestly, I didn’t even know where to start with my writing. It happens.

While I wait for a full post to form in my mind, or be placed on my heart, I’m going to tell you all where my thoughts have been and we’ll just go from there. Okay? Okay.

  • I recently finished reading “Wild At Heart” by John Eldredge. This book is a must read for every man and woman. It’s for the male audience but I gained so much insight from that book which makes me believe it should be on every woman’s reading list. It helped me to understand men better. A lot of men are lost, living as a “false self”, broken, and have wounds on their heart that were inflicted by their father’s in one way or another. These things affect every aspect of their life from their sense of self, knowing their purpose, living that purpose, parenting, and marriage. The book steps on toes. Eldredge talks about how the church has tamed men in a way that God never designed them to be. He speaks about the fears and insecurities men live with, but hide by going after women or being focused on their careers. He even goes in on how the enemy continues to attack men, and soiritual warfare. The book is a gem. I’ll write about that book in detail later. It might take several posts.
  • The book lead me to this: A majority of our men are broken. More than they are allowed to admit. More than they would like to admit.
  • How do other black Christians deal with the history of Christianity and how it was forced upon people in Africa? There are a lot of “conscious” people who make valid points, others who are into metaphysics, others who are into other forms of spirituality. What does everyone else (you, if this applies) think of all of this? For me, my faith is personal and based on experience. But… the history of Christianity and how the Bible was used to oppress and abuse African people hurts.
  • Is it just me, or is there not enough sermons on spiritual warfare? We don’t need feel good ministry. We need to be equipped, because we are under attack daily.
  • More people need to be open to counseling and therapy. We have issues. Ways of behaving and thinking that are influenced by our experiences. We have faulty perceptions of people and the world around us. Family hurt, church hurt, trauma, societal problems. We need help, someone to talk to about it all.

These are basically the roots of the major thoughts I’ve been having. The posts that are to come will stem from these very ideas.

Be back in a few.

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Book Quote

To do for yourself the best that you have it in you – to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst- is, by thay very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed.

– Frederick Buechner, The Sacred Journey

Hallowed Be Thy Name

 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

The Lord’s prayer. Most of you know it. Memorize it, even. I sure do. I had to learn this prayer as a child. I recited it every night before falling asleep. It was my routine.

A few months ago, I decided to really  take my time and pray this prayer. Line for line, I prayed, using Jesus’ model of how to pray. I made it personal. It was as if I was praying that prayer for the first time in my life (even though I’d prayed it literally hundreds of times).

Thinking I was only going to study the prayer, I sat with my notebook to write everything out. What I ended up doing was writing out my prayer. I’ll share some of it with you. I’ll change the point of view for the sake of this post.

OUR FATHER

He is our God (Psalm 63:1). He is our father. We were adopted by Him, becoming a member of His family through Christ (Ephesians 1:5). He chose us to be his children before we were even created. He is our father who we can call out to for anything, about anything (Romans 8:15). He made us His own. As our father, He is our caretaker, our example, our teacher, our disciplinarian, our protector, defender, provider, our counselor, the one in whom our security lies. He is where we find love and comfort. He is the one who holds our hand and guides us through life, yet allows us to make our own decisions. He is our father.

IN HEAVEN

He is in heaven, His kingdom. Yet here with all of us, His children. He is omnipotent. We may not understand the full extent of how marvelous heaven is, but I can only imagine how wonderfully perfect it must be.

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

He is the most holy one. His name is holy and sacred. May it remain that way.  There is power in His name. May others get to know His name and call upon Him. All glory and honor goes to Him.

YOUR KINGDOM COME

The time will come when He will make a new heaven and a new Earth. When every knee will bow to Him. There will be no more death, no more sorrow, no more tears. He will come. His Kingdom will come. He has already started by sending His son to die for us and leaving the Holy Spirit with us. May His kingdom come. And may we experience parts of His kingdom now. We are predestined. His plans for our lives started in the Kingdom. May it come to fruition on Earth.

YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

May His will be done. He is in full control and He knows what He is doing. May His will be done in the lives of all people. Not our will, but His. May we be given the wisdom and understanding of His will and be able to accept it. May His perfect plans come to pass. What ever He set forth in heaven, may it be done here (blessings, healing, fulfillment of purpose, etc).  His will, in His time. He will keep us, as He fulfills His will.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD

God is our provider. We depend on Him to meet our needs. We don’t know what could happen, at any moment in any day. Something can occur that would make basic necessities scarce. But God is our provider. Our father who feeds us, clothes us, and keeps us sheltered. We need Him. Everything comes from Him. This also includes a daily word from Him to feed our spirits.

AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US

His word says that if we don’t forgive others, He won’t forgive us (Matthew 6:15). I wrote about that in this post . So, we have to truly forgive others from our hearts. We ask God to reveal any unforgiveness we are harboring. In this way, we are not causing any hindrances in our lives. We have to soften our hearts and walk in forgiveness.

AND DON’T LET US YIELD TO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE

There are so many temptations that the devil uses to lead us astray. However, He can’t make  us do anything. God’s word says there is nothing that the devil uses to tempt us that Jesus did not experience himself. He also won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle. He promises to give us a way out ( 1 Corinthians 10:13). We have to be strong, endure, and resist. He can/will help us with that if we allow Him to.

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM,

THE POWER, AND THE GLORY

FOREVER, AMEN

The Lord’s prayer truly is powerful. I mean, Jesus Himself gave it to us. Take your time with it, pray it, and transformations  will take place.

Stay Blessed.