Written by Kim Johnson, Author of I Am My Sister (Women helping Women) at immysister.org
Have you ever sat back and paid attention to the times the enemy attacked you? Well I have. I have been on this journey with myself for the past two years, analyzing my life and the different things that have occurred in it. One of the things I noticed is, whenever I was close to a blessing the enemy attacked me first.
Sister, the enemy is very cunning, he has all sorts of shenanigans in his arsenal to attack you. It is nothing for him to make your life miserable; he loves strife. When I’m talking about attacks, I’m talking about in the form of arguments, on your finances, your home, your health, your children, your marriage, infidelity, fornication, on your mind and the things you love and value. The enemy never sleeps and he knows exactly what will make you feel uncomfortable or happy. He uses tricks to lull you into a false sense of security, then he attacks you. The thing is, whichever way he comes at you, it is often painful, stressful, hurtful, and causes damage in one way or another.
I was reading an article that was written by a young woman named Holly Hoechstenbach , which explains my thoughts exactly, she said, “you see, we may think the enemy is a spouse, friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, boss or colleague, or someone we know, but the enemy is none of those. He is invisible and he cannot be beaten with fleshy objects or weapons … he can only be fought with one weapon – Prayer. Prayer is the key weapon.
The enemy is good. Very good. The minute we stray away from prayer, he closes in ready to attack. He is good at leading us down the path of destruction. He strikes with deception, disguise, and lies. He twists, plots, and deceives. And if we are not careful, he can direct our energy towards him and turn our thoughts, heart, and life upside down.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, and we have to be careful because we don’t see him coming. He’s invisible, a master of disguise. Distraction is his game. He wants to distract us and play on our vulnerability, to cripple us in doubt, fear, and discouragement.
Ephesians 6:10-17 says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The good news is the enemy can not put out your light. It’s like walking through a dark tunnel. You can barely see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s there. It only makes sense for you to keep moving forward, not backwards further into the darkness.
It’s up to us to put on our armor, declare His promises, take out our sword, and fight. We are equipped. We are prepared. So the next time the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy you stand firm and say boldly, “Today is going to be a good day, because I’m declaring it in the name of Jesus!” (Hoechstenbach, 2017).
Sistah to Sistah! Do you hear me? Are you praying? Are you prepared for the battle?
Hoechstenbach, H. (2017, February 26). When the Enemy Attacks: What You Should Know and How to Fight Back. The Praying Woman. Retrieved from theprayingwoman.com/when-the-enemy-attacks-how-to-recognize-it-and-how-to-fight-back/