I allowed myself to follow the enemy into his camp. He made no promises of land, food, or drink, yet, I went with him. Why? He did nothing but belittle me in front of his army and leave me to soak in the rain. He offered no comfort, love or explanation.
Why do we allow the enemy to attack?
He finds us in our most vulnerable states. Maybe we just broke up with our significant other or someone close to us died. Maybe there’s just that one kid at school or guy or gal at work he is speaking through. No matter what is going on, good or bad, the enemy always finds a way to weasel into our lives and attack us.
As our battle plan builds, we are going to go through seven stages. Seven tactics that, when put together into one strategy, will build you up spiritually and leave the devil wondering, “What happened?“
Our first stage is the truth. When we acknowledge that the devil is telling some pretty mean lies, we want to find the truth. The devil may say, “Your hips are too big, your face is too red, and your belly jiggles.” But the truth, God says that you are perfect the way you are.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
What lies is he telling you?
What will you do when your past screams, “You are not strong enough…”?
You are hopeless…see in Psalm 31:24 that you are HOPEFUL
You are useless… see in Romans 8:37 that you are LED BY HIM
You are worthless…see in 1 Peter 3:4 that your worth comes from HIM
No one will ever love you…see in 2 Thessalonians 3:5; 1 John 4:8-9; John 3:16 that you are LOVED
You are not good enough...see in John 3:16 that you are ENOUGH IN CHRIST
God’s truth is that you are who He wanted and made you to be. He knit you together in your mother’s womb. The devil is just a critic, or a hater if you will. The devil is the father of lies. It’s his job to drag you down.
The enemy is good at finding our hearts and destroying them. Your heart is where everything flows from. When people say that you don’t truly know someone’s heart, it means that you don’t know their intentions. Your mouth, eyes, mind, actions, those are all controlled by your heart. I know scientifically the right half of your brain controls the left half of your body and vice versa, but that’s not what I’m saying. Cain killed his brother Able out of jealousy and spite – that came from his heart.
Guarding your heart against the enemy is harder than you think. You are human. You are going to make mistakes. There is no stopping that. What you should do is get better at not making those mistakes. Guarding your heart means taking control of your inner desires, feelings, choices, and emotions.
In Proverbs 4:23-26, Solomon Son of David says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, and don’t let your lips talk deviously. Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead. Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.” The enemy will do everything he can to get you to slip up. He doesn’t stop. He keeps after it until you can’t take anymore. Check your heart and then guard it. It’ll give him one less thing to toy with.