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When Satan Attacks

By buttramd, Member of Delve into Jesus since 5/7/2008
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Ephesians 6:11 - 12
Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

As we humans tend to do or to believe everything to one extreme or another, I am going to divide us into 2 groups. 1 - Those who blame Satan for everything bad in their lives. 2 - Those that pretend Satan does not exist. Which one are you? Hopefully, by the end of this, you may lean more toward the middle somewhere.

You cannot read these verses without coming to an understanding that Satan is indeed real and that we - as Christians - are at war with him and his hordes of demons. However, these verses do not remove the fact that we are pretty good at sinning on our own (ref. Romans 3:23 - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ). Nor do they remove the fact that our God tests us and disciplines us in order to grow us into the Christians He wants us to be. I think it is good to stop here and meditate on this:

James 1:12 - 15
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

So what does a satanic attack look like and how can we stand against them? I wish I had the one perfect answer for you, but I do not. However, what I can offer are my own personal struggles and how I deal with them.

There are many things that happen in my life that are bad that are simply results from the sins in my life that come from being a sinner such as debt, weight gain, snapping at my kids, laughing at my wife when she runs into an exercise bike because she didn't turn on the light - not that this ever happened (and I made sure she was ok first). I do not go around giving Satan credit for these. I beat myself up about them. I ask God to change me and strengthen me to make be better. I discipline myself to overcome these.

So, from where do the satanic attacks come? For me, I find that satanic attacks are more frequently mental attacks. I say "for me" because "for Job" they were definitely physical attacks. But in my case, they are mental. Small things will happen around me (things that are everyday type things), and I will begin having thoughts that make the small situation into something it is not - and was never going to be. These thoughts could be classified as lustful, power-hungry, greedy, selfish, etc. I believe that these are real satanic attacks on me to get me to follow through with decisions that will be divisive or hurtful to those close to me. I cannot describe them much more than that. I finish by saying I have come to recognize them as attacks because try as I may, I am unable to simply dismiss them and start thinking of something new. The barrage continues.

There are only 2 things that I have found that help me during these times. Prayer and the Bible! I talk to God about what is happening. I voice my concerns. And I read His Word searching for answers to what I am dealing with.

I feel as if I have typed a bunch of rubbish above. I hope that is not the case. I hope that in these words, you have found some kind of truth or hope that can help you continue in your Christian walk.

Go with God,
Donald Buttram

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Amen to this my friend. I personally agree with what you've stated, it happens to me often.
And I too lean towards the middle - I've often said to my wife, friends, etc - that I can't just blame everything on the devil, because I'm pretty good at thinking/doing/speaking things that instantly or later make me think 'Now what was that about, and where did it come from?'
However, that being said, I also agree that, at least for me, mental attacks are where I most often believe it is of the enemy. Because it seems to repeat itself in my head.
I think that mental attacks are the most insidious, since one can take a thought and run with it endlessly, especially those of us (like myself) who tend to examine things from a hundred angles and look for a hundred scenarios with it.
Thanks for the devotionals you write - I've only recently stumbled upon your site, yet have found the few articles I've read to be well stated, honest and true to His Word.
- David Lex
10/10/2008 7:53:42 AM - anonymous

I believe it was Dr. Fredderick K. C. Price who said this best... "Satan uses one main strategy to get us to sin... thoughts, ideas, and suggestions..." All of these are in fact attacks on our mind meant to lead our physical body into sin. Look deeper into the armor of God in scripture and find what you truly need to "quench the fiery darts of the wicked one"... it helped me out quite a bit. Props to the author of this devotional though, i think i really needed to read this today. Thank you.
11/26/2008 1:03:29 PM - anonymous

i believe im under attack right this moment considering my past a quick dollar would temporarely ease my distress.considering i was layed off today with a wife and 3 wonderful sons and xmas in my bed(smile) but i stand on the word and not by my own understanding because i know god moves in every situation good or bad which results in his glory. SO even though it seems dark at this moment jesus is the light to seek . All sort of wicked thoughts cross my mind on how to resolve this situation and thats his main trick the devil gets us out on a limb for it to break by magnifying a temporary happiness to the point we don't notice the consiquenses till it's too late but see jesus is the answer to all things why bite the fruit when he's given the whole garden? god bless
12/4/2008 9:07:00 PM - jodieblunt, Member of Delve into Jesus since 12/2/2008

12/5/2008 9:03:40 PM - anonymous

Amen... Praise be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

From the beginning, war against satan was at hand and our parents Adam and Eve disobey God and obey satan. Human choose to obey the father of lie (satan) in so, he kill and still our soul. The sin from our parents go even thru us today. Human was hopeless during the past times cause satan choke us is so called sin and no one can free us. That is why God send Jesus Christ to free us from the bondage of sin. Sin come from the lure of human desire and satan always temp our weakness desire to commit sin. When satan attack, satan use to attack our weaknesses that make us fall. Yes! the Bible says...

Ephesian 6:11 Put on God's whole armor the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies, that you may be able successfully to stand up against all the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

12For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood contending only with physical opponents, but against the despotisms, against the powers, against the master spirits who are the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13Therefore put on God's complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day of danger, and, having done all the crisis demands, to stand firmly in your place.

14Stand therefore hold your ground, having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15And having shod your feet in preparation to face the enemy with the afirm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness bproduced by the good news of the Gospel of peace.(B)

16Lift up over all the covering shield of csaving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked one.

17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit dwields, which is the Word of God.

18Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all manner of prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God's consecrated people).

This instruction is for all the people who decided to be a conqueror in satan's attack. These must be our effort to comply/follow in order to defeat satan. We must wear all this to be conqueror. God has made his part to saved us from satan thru Jesus Christ and we should also do our part in equipping ourselves. Have we done our part?

Gil Agne from Philippines
4/30/2009 9:00:19 AM - anonymous

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