Know your weaknesses--the enemy does

The adversary attacks us where he thinks he has the greatest possible chance of success. He is no fool and rarely challenges us at those places we are strongest. He patiently waits as his demons become familiar with us. These “familiar spirits” study us on a daily basis. They know how we do things, how we think, the areas where we habitually let down our guard, the parts of our lives in which we are sloppy or pay little heed to and most of all; the things that get us mad, make us sad, distract us, scramble our thinking, fill us with pride etc. In other words, these spirits become intimately familiar with us so as provide to the enemy the blueprint for where we are most vulnerable to attack.

I do not write these things to arouse fear or apprehension but rather to alert us as to where we need to focus our energy and spend our resources. If the enemy knows our weakest link, we should too. If the enemy schemes ways to hit us at our weakest point, we should take this to God and beseech Him for wisdom so as to know what to do and then DO IT. Since, as a rule, the adversary uses the element of surprise (ambush) to cripple and destroy us; we need to eliminate that element by preparing for his attacks. If we invest the time to become stronger, we stand a much better chance of defeating the enemy when he attacks or persuading him to attack elsewhere.

The Catholic Church has established seven sins that they deem deadly: Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. These seven “weak spots” certainly provide the enemy with access to trip us up and get us to fall and we should put on the Word of God to resist them. Another extremely simple, yet effective way to approach this topic is to look at the seven “deadly sins” as recorded in Proverbs 16:16-19:

16There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him:

17Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood;

18A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief,

19A false witness that uttereth lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren.

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These seven things are not only an abomination to God; they provide the weakest links and therefore the best avenue of infiltration for the enemy to beat us. Simply put, these seven things are as follows:

  1. Haughty eyes=Pride; Pride is the act of looking down at people while feeling better than they are. Pride was the original sin for this is what caused Lucifer to rebel and be cast out of heaven. Pride is the thing the adversary is most familiar with for he invented it. The enemy will zero in on pride and focus his attacks on this weak link. God hates pride for it is what Lucifer was full of and has exploited it to destroy countless believers ever since.
  2. A lying tongue=lying; God abhors lies of any kind and any color. Jesus said the devil is the “father of lies” and thus when a believer falls into lying to cover himself, promote himself or get what he wants; the enemy will seize upon this weak spot to demolish the integrity of anyone who falls into this deadly sin.
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood; Not only is this talking about literal murder, it draws into play the element necessary for someone to take the life of an innocent person. Things such as anger, resentment, envy, lust etc are all motives behind the act of shedding innocent blood. Any of these things provide excellent open doors for the enemy to persuade a believer to either literally or figuratively “shed innocent blood” , which is something the Lord abhors.
  4. A heart that devises wicked purposes; those who sit around all day plotting evil are certainly at the top of the adversary's “like list” . A heart that actively plots evil is a heart standing with open arms, ready to accept its marching orders from the devil himself.
  5. Feet that are swift in running to mischief; this sin describes the person who races to do wrong. When this person sees bad things going on, they race to be a part of it. Obviously, the enemy capitalizes on this weakness to lead a person to do illegal and injurious acts.
  6. A false witness that utters lies; the most filthy lies of all are those uttered under oath to tell the truth. A false witness is literally only looking out for himself and is willing to commit perjury to do it. Anyone willing to take lying to this degree is open to just about any scheme the enemy comes up with.
  7. Sows discord among the brethren: the person who gossips and spreads lies, half truths and innuendo about other family or church members is fair game to be used by the enemy to destroy the unity of believers and thus the ability to succeed together.

These seven things are only a few of the weak points the enemy seizes upon to accomplish his aim which is recorded in 2 Corinthians 2:11:

that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

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In all matters and all times we need to be aware of how and where satan is attempting to gain an advantage over us. To do this, we must not be ignorant of his devices and be fully aware that he is watching, documenting and scheming to exploit our weaknesses. Surely it behooves us to rise up and put on the Word of God so as to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might and having done all: STAND against the wiles of the devil.

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

"In all matters and all times we need to be aware of how and where satan is attempting to gain an advantage over us. To do this, we must not be ignorant of his devices and be fully aware that he is watching, documenting and scheming to exploit our weaknesses. Surely it behooves us to rise up and put on the Word of God so as to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might and having done all: STAND against the wiles of the devil."

How we NEED to remember this -- and all of what you've written today, even if we have to make a list of the weaknesses about ourselves and post it in a place where we will see it consistently; because we tend to forget important things like this much too quickly and far too easily if our minds and hearts are not conditioned to be aware of our strengths and our weaknesses.

Excellent blog, Kirk! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Beth M @blest ·

Amen!

When we are ignorant of his devices, we make his job so much easier! And then wonder why. ..

Excellent blog!

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If we knew the hour the enemy would approach we would have keep watching , we therefore need to keep watch always .

Thanks for the reminder that we need to have do diligence in our walk with Him because our enemies are in their own life !

Be forever blessed
Mark

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

It is indeed critical that we know our weaknesses for then we can do something about them.

Blessings!

K :princess:

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