As we don’t know when our enemy will attack, live in close relationship with Christ and use the armour and spiritual weapons made available for us to live victoriously, being on guard at all times so we are not  caught napping, for Satan’s agenda is to “Steal, kill and destroy” (Neh 4:12-25; Jn 10:10; Eph 6:11-18; 1 Pet 5:8). Take authority over wrong thoughts and temptations, keeping clear of places where you are vulnerable, also knowing when you are tired, stressed or hungry you are more disposed to the deceptive mental attacks of Satan (2 Cor 10:5; Eph 4:27). In both the physical and spiritual realms a conflict is won by the most powerful or the one with the best strategic manoeuvres and tactics (1 Sam 17:45,49; Lk 11:21,22; Rev 12:11). We must choose to align ourselves with the “Greater who is in us, than he who is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4). We can’t resist or repel Satan in our own strength but we can in Christ’s (Jas 4:7,8). Satan has various strategies of attack – David was not defeated by physical attack but moral compromise, Nebuchadnezzar by pride, with Ananias and Sapphira through money (1 Sam 18:11, 19:9; 2 Sam 11:1-4; Dan 4:37; Act 5:3).

The reason Jesus came to earth and died for us was to destroy the enemies’ works
(1 Jn 3:8). Live in that reality so you too can confess, “The Lord is with me, He is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies” (Ps 118:7). Commit your life to God and enlist His help, relying on Him to fight for you, for it is His ability that overcomes the

 Thank the Lord for His protection                                        Psalm 124:1-8

enemy (2 Chr 14:11; Ps 22:11, 37:5, 70:5; Zech 4:6). Do not retaliate when your character is under attack, remember God is the ultimate judge and graciously respond instead in the opposite spirit of love (Prov 25:22; Rom 12:20; 1 Pet 2:23, 3:9). Although physical and verbal abuses are painful, and even if we are martyred for our faith in Christ, the Bible says, don’t fear mankind who can only destroy our body, but can’t touch our eternity destiny (Lk 12:5; 2 Tim 4:18; Heb 13:6).

See also: abuse, armour (spiritual), defeat, defence, guard, opposite spirit, protection, resist, spiritual warfare, temptation, victory, vulnerable, wounded.

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