One of the most vital keys to being victorious in spiritual conflict is to have an effective strategy when bombarded by the endless suggestions the adversary and his agents throw at us. The adversary is persistent if nothing else; if he feels he has a chance to successfully deceive, entrap or destroy a believer, he will relentlessly attack the perceived weak point so as to get that believer to doubt the integrity of God's Word. Much of the spiritual conflict we are involved in is actually between our ears, in the confines of our minds where the battle rages whether to believe God's Word or not.
Each day we are confronted with a multitude of situations which test our faith, challenge our ability to trust God and attempt to get us to question the integrity of God's Word. The enemy knows that if he can succeed in getting us to doubt what God has done for us, who God has made us and what God has said regarding us; he can quickly and effectively render us spiritually weak and so consumed with ourselves and our problems that we have no time or inclination to help others.
Ultimately we must categorically reject the endless suggestions of the enemy if we genuinely desire to rise up and walk for God in this life. The adversary is like any predator in that he looks for weakness and then relentlessly attacks that weak spot with his fiery darts of doubt. If he can get his foot in the door, he will quickly overrun us with a tidal wave of questions and doubts that render us shipwrecked on the rocks of unbelief. Most of our battle is in keeping the adversary from getting his foot in the door, stopping him from getting us to doubt and refusing to allow anything or anyone to make us believe less about ourselves than what the Word of God says.
I can think of very few days when I do not have to wage war with the endless suggestions of the enemy regarding my life. Because of what I have done (and not done) in this life, the enemy has ample ammunition to buffet me with questions regarding who I am, what I can do or even what awaits me down the road. The enemy knows how to push my buttons and the biggest button that derails me is personal doubt and questioning what God has done in my life. The enemy knows that if I buckle under his endless suggestions that I am worthless, too messed up to bless God's people or too sick and tired to endure the race; he will win. Thus, my personal battle is to gird up the loins of my mind and refuse to listen to lies, half truths and twisted perversions of the truth the enemy is so adept at promoting.
Do you know what buttons you have that can bring you down? Do you know the weak areas in your personal defense against the adversary? You better, because it is inevitable that the adversary will attack those weak points relentlessly. For some their pride is the hot button . For others it is feelings of lack of self worth or dwelling on past failures. For others it is anger reflected in a quick temper. For others it is being lazy, dwelling on the world too much or wasting one's life on worthless endeavors. Whatever your hot button is, it behooves you to identify it, deal with it and be extra vigilant in knowing the enemy will absolutely zero in on it.
The adversary will do anything he can to render any of us a spiritual basket case. He will dispatch demons, orchestrate elaborate setups, send people to weaken and/or deceive us and any other thing it takes to trip us up. We must NEVER be afraid of the spiritual conflict but rather be resolved that with and through God's strength and power, we can and will be victorious. We must categorically reject the endless suggestions of the enemy that are contrary to what the Word of God says. We must be strong in the Lord and the power of His might and not fall back on our natural ability or experiences. We must be vigilant knowing that our adversary walks about seeking whom he may devour and reject his suggestions by standing firmly upon the Word of God.
For most of us, the daily battle we face is one of not believing the lie that God does not love us or will help us. We must make a concentrated effort to lift our shield of faith and deflect the fiery darts seeking to make us doubt God's Word. All of us must gird up the loins of our minds and stiffen our resolve that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and through His power in us, have the ability to fight the good fight of faith and enjoy the fruits of victory in our lives.
We were just talking about this topic in a study group I was at this morning. We must be vigilant. The enemy often approaches us so quietly we don't even notice, quietly placing thoughts and suggestions into our minds. This is why we must take every thought captive so that we are able to detect when this is happening and deal with it then rather than later.
"The adversary will do anything he can to render any of us a spiritual basket case. He will dispatch demons, orchestrate elaborate setups, send people to weaken and/or deceive us and any other thing it takes to trip us up. We must NEVER be afraid of the spiritual conflict but rather be resolved that with and through God's strength and power, we can and will be victorious. We must categorically reject the endless suggestions of the enemy that are contrary to what the Word of God says. We must be strong in the Lord and the power of His might and not fall back on our natural ability or experiences. We must be vigilant knowing that our adversary walks about seeking whom he may devour and reject his suggestions by standing firmly upon the Word of God."
I could not count the number of times that I have experienced exactly what you have written; and just last week I experienced another horrendous setup from the enemy that has prompted me to try harder to be on the "alert" for these kinds of episodic avalanches... because they are indeed from the adversary.
I just began to recover from this episode yesterday such was its impact; and I believe with all my heart that ONLY GOD and the prayers of you and others were the sole key involved in the recovery. Oh, how glad I am that I have a Heavenly Father that cares about me and all of us to help us be delivered from such dilemmas.
Thank you, Kirk, for this "vital" message; and Blessings to you and blest!
the beautiful dogs!
I think that the dogs are a symbol of a stand off and sizing up your enemy ! Lol
Great blog Kirk !
Just as we should know our lord Christ Jesus we should know our enemy aswell.
The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Be always forever blessed
I guess I did not find a good photograph for this blog. I chose this photo because it shows one dog "whispering in the ear" of the other dog (no, these are not our dogs). The enemy and his relentless suggestions are like someone incessantly whispering in your ear that you are not good enough or its fine to go against the Word of God. Now you know the mystery of why these two dogs are here.