When I was growing up, our house had three doors. To ensure that the house was locked, we would check all three doors. The front door was easy because it was used the most. The back door was pretty easy because it was in the kitchen so there was lots of traffic in that area. The side door was most easily overlooked because we rarely used it & that area of the house didn’t get much traffic.
In a similar way, we need to guard our hearts & souls from the enemy who lurks & waits for opportunities to sneak into our lives through side doors or low traffic areas. The enemy looks for places to enter our lives where we least expect it or where we have the lowest guard / attention. This could be times when you’re very tired, areas where you think you’re strong / victorious, situations that are familiar or comfortable, etc. The enemy of your soul looks for places where your guard is weak, your attention is distracted or your pride is big. With these instances, the enemy will often come in on tiptoes, sneaky & quiet, to begin his insinuations, whispers & distortions.
Pay attention & keep the doors locked!! 1 Pet 5:8, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
This question is massively significant for us everyday. I say that because it was the starter question the serpent asked Eve in the Garden of Eden & it was the beginning of original sin.
So do we know what God’s Word says? Eve kind of knew, but she’s wasn’t totally clear & confident with her reply to this question & I think that’s when the enemy gets a toehold with us.
Sometimes we kind of know God’s Word, but if we’re super honest, it would be very helpful to know God’s Word better 🙂
Here are some questions to consider:
Do you ever struggle to know what God says?
Do you ever struggle to believe what God says?
Do you ever struggle to do what God says?
I think it’s really important to ask ourselves this question, “Did God say . . . ?” and apply it to our thoughts, emotions, actions, conversations. When we make God’s Word an essential priority, this will help us stay away from the enemy’s deceptions, whispers & questions!
If there was an enemy to my soul (and I firmly believe that there is), what would be the methods he would use to sabotage my relationship with God? Here are some things he has tried to use on me:
*camouflage: blending into the culture around me to disguise himself as something normally acceptable, all the while attacking my identity, purpose & trust in God
*weakspots: looking for weaknesses that I have. These are different for everyone, but could be areas related to emotions, pride, relationships, forgiveness, independence and others
*persistence: the continual attack & ongoing waves of the negative
*distraction: getting me to focus on things that may seem important or big, but in the larger perspective are really quite irrelevant
*communication: trying to get me to listen to the enemy’s voice by making it seem similar to God’s voice, but off just a smidgen
These are a few enemy tactics that he may try to use in you as well. I pray that we remain in Jesus’ light & life to stay far removed from the enemy’s efforts, under the protecting wings of the Almighty 🙂
The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you-CSLewis