Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
When the enemy attacks, he takes great pleasure in using those closest to us. Those we trust, those we love. Not saying that they are evil, but the moment we are not watching and guarding our hearts, he will take the opportunity to use it to his advantage. Hear me when I say, the enemy isn’t always at fault, sometimes the Lord allows certain situations to make us stronger. However, the very thing that can build us up, can knock us down if we are not being vigilant! We can find ourselves spiraling down into a pit of guilt and shame, when that very thing was sent by God to build and glorify…Him!
Look back at the last time you found yourself in a pit, not knowing how in the world you got there. Although it feels like you accidentally stumbled and fell into this pit, it doesn’t always happen that way. Can you trace it back to a small feeling or thought that grew into fear, fueled by something and/or someone around you, ending by you doing something stupid?
That’s how it usually happens to me…I feel insecure or have a fear about something, someone says something or I experience something that would never had bothered me in the past, (but since I already had my initial insecurity or fear) I heard or saw something that wasn’t there. Which leads to more insecurities, doubt and quite often, regret!
How do we (I) avoid being used by the enemy? Stand firm in Christ, hold His Word near and do not give up!! Even when you fall, the Lord can quickly pick you up and place your feet on solid ground! Just because it is a delayed victory doesn’t make it less of a victory…especially, as you watch the enemy whimper away!!
And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:20