When The Enemy Attacks

There are a plethora of reasons you could be in a season of deep attacks from the enemy. One main reason being the simple fact that you’ve chosen the “other side” is enough for him to come after you.

I’m here today to address one reason in particular though, and I’m sure you’ll relate to it well…

When we choose to live out the life God has planned for us, the enemy suits up for battle.

We all have a purpose in our lives. And though our main purpose is to spread the good news, it’s how we do it that the Lord wants to reveal to us. In what way has God directed you to walk out and demonstrate His life on Earth? How have you felt Him calling out to you to share His life through your talents?

Singing?
Preaching?
Missionary?
maybe something more practical?
Your art?
Your writing?
Financially helping others?
There are plenty of ways the Lord can use each and every one of us to display His love for the world.

Here’s where we usually get tripped up though. DOING IT.

THE ATTACK!

The enemy is always lurking and hunting for Gods people to shake up and destroy, that will always be true. But something you might not have thought of is that he knows he can’t but he tries anyway. He believes that one day his scare tactics will work; sadly sometimes they do.

He feeds us lies in failure.
He tries to scare us away from growing closer to God by making himself look like some big scary monster you don’t really want to go up against.
He tries to make you believe you’re all alone in this.
He whispers lies of doubt and anxiety.

Here’s the kicker though, HE’S A LIAR! Even the Bible says he’s the king of deception. We have to recognize that.

God has already won the war!

The end has already been written and it doesn’t look good for the enemy.
You know the saying “misery loves company”? Well, that couldn’t be truer for him. He is going down and he is reaching for anyone who is not planted firmly to the ground Word to take with him.

I don’t mean to preach at you like I’ve got this all figured out because I am faaar from it. Just last night I could not sleep because I was paralyzed with fear. The thing is, this is his go-to method for me because, unfortunately, he knows it works.

Ever since I was 5 I can remember being scared of the dark because I used to see shadows and little demons (I know, it sounds pretty scary). But my point is that he knows how to get me questioning my path and if this is something I really want to “throw myself into”.

Here’s what God told me (because this time I’m NOT backing down!).

READ THE BIBLE

I know, sounds like a no-brainer, right? But God knows that sometimes repetition helps make things stick. He explained to me that I need to become more knowledgeable on who God is and all He is capable of doing. Also though, He wants me to see all the times the enemy has tried to show up in peoples lives and the Lord has rescued them because of their faithfulness to Him.

In other words, knowing your enemy and his tactics and seeing Gods hand through it all helps build your confidence in Gods power and authority.

PRAISE HIM

Believe it or not, this is a legitimate method of attack on the enemy. The Lord had people in the Bible use it many times. So put on some gospel music or just start singing out your own song of praise toward the Lord. The enemy won’t stick around for very long and the very act of you stepping out in fear and singing anyways is proof enough for God of your trust in Him; He will show up for you.

MAKE DECLARATIONS

This is powerful, I mean they all are, but this is the exact strategy that Jesus himself used against the enemy when Satan attempted to tempt Jesus. Jesus didn’t need to yell or protest. He didn’t break a sweat. He used the Word to declare His victory and to remind the enemy of his place. God has placed so many promises and anecdotes all throughout the Bible that if we would just become familiar with them we could use those to strike the enemy down when he comes around.

(Last but definitely not least)

PRAYER

Prayer is basically a conversation with God so if in these moments of attack and weakness we would reach out and call on Jesus He will be there to remind us of what we should do. Last night the Lord brought all this to memory, and though it still took me a long time to fall asleep, I fell asleep in victory. Still a little scared but confident that God is still watching over me and that He is doing a good work in my life. I reminded myself that change doesn’t happen overnight. That the Lord is guiding me through this process and one day I will come face-to-face with this and say the right thing with all the authority and power the Lord has already made available to me.

I hope this encourages you in knowing that even though you don’t have it all figured out (ahem, me), God is still working in your life. It’s easy to reject or distrust something or someone when you don’t know them. Make it your mission to know the person you’re putting all your trust in.

YOUR TURN
What are some ways the enemy comes at you when you try moving forward in God’s plan for your life? And what do you do to strike back?
I’m completely interested in hearing your plans of attack so please do tell.

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