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