My husband loves to scare my poor, sweet neighbor. He spots her quickly each time she begins to walk across the street, and then proceeds to tip-toe with a little skip behind the door and lie in wait for her to come in. Bark, Bleh, Boo (whatever phrase he chooses)….Ahhhh! Then the slapping and loud huffing begin as they act like they are brother and sister. “EVERY TIME!”, she exclaims and then he just laughs. I myself, cannot help but giggle. When will she learn? She must keep her guard up. Justin is right around the corner just waiting to pounce and never misses his chance.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to teach a prayer mapping class through our Fresh and Focused ministry at our church. I taught on praying against Satan’s attacks in our lives based on the book “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer. Today I wanted to share with you what I learned from this powerful book about the areas in our lives that Satan tries to attack. Because just like Justin waiting to scare the wits out of my neighbor, Satan is lurking around every corner just waiting to terrorize the followers of Christ. We must always be on guard.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
1. Your Passion – Satan seeks to dim your passion. He wants to dull your belief in God’s ability and dismiss His concern for you.
Jeremiah 24:7, Jeremiah 29:12-13, Luke 12:34
2. Your Focus – Satan disguises himself so that you focus on the wrong culprit – you blame everyone but him.
2 Thessalonians 3:3, Matthew 6:13
3. Your Identity – Satan devalues your strength and magnifies your insecurities. He works hard so that you don’t realize who you are in Christ.
Isaiah 43:1, 1 Peter 2:9
4. Your Family – Satan tries to break down and destroy your family. He tries to tear away at your trust and unity and turn love inward to each person.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 3 John 4, Romans 14:19, Colossians 4:6
5. Your Past – Satan constantly remind us of our past mistakes and poor choices. He tries keep us from trying again and tells us that God could not possibly forgive us.
2 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 2:1-5
6. Your Fear – Satan magnifies our fears using them to cripple us and making us indecisive. He tries to make faith a word that is not worth it.
Psalm 56:3-4, Psalm 32:8
7. Your Purity – Satan tempts us toward certain sins making us believe that they are unavoidable. He studies what will make us sin again.
Psalm 73:26, Luke 22:31-32
8. Your Pressures – Satan makes everything seem urgent. He bogs down your calender with expectations so we no longer know what it important.
Psalm 62:1-2, John 8:32
9. Your Hurts – Satan loves to bring up old wounds. He wants to shakle unforgiveness to us and have our hearts hardened with anger and bitterness.
Mark 11:25, Matthew 5:44-45
10. Your Relationships – Satan tries to create division between groups of Christians and each other. Satan fights the unity of purpose.”
1 Corinthians 12:25, Philippians 2:2-4*
Lord, I pray against Satan’s attacks today. Lord, thank you that although we must continue to fight battles against Satan we know that as Your children sealed in glory through Jesus’ blood on a cross, the war has been won. Lord, protect our passion and help us to always keep our belief in You knowing that You love us. Lord, protect our focus so that we know that You are always good and that Satan is behind those things that are not. Lord, protect our identity, may we see ourselves through Your eyes. Lord, protect our families, help us to love with JOY (Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last). Lord, protect our past, keeping it in the past where it belongs. Lore, protect our fears, may our faith in You be bigger than our fears of him. Lord, protect our purity, may we flee from sin. Lord, protect our pressures, may we remember to be still because life is not an emergency. Lord, protect our hurts, may they make us stronger. Lord, protect our relationships, may we stay centered in You. Amen
*Shirer, Priscilla. Fervent. B&H Books (August 1, 2015). Christian living.
P.S. My husband, Justin, is not Satan, nor does he want to be. He is an ordained minister of youth who has a Godly heart for teaching the word of God to all the young people that he can. But his shenanigans with our neighbors are reminiscent of Satan’s action and opportunity. Always keep your guard up!