By Daneen James
Years ago, Nike introduced a marketing campaign, that became a motivational rally cry. Even today it evokes a spirit of drive and determination. “Just Do It.” It sounds so simple. But, if we’re honest, we can admit that every day is a battle. A fight to become better than we’ve been. We wrestle within ourselves to prevent past habits and hang ups from sabotaging our path forward. It’s more than physical, this is a spiritual war. Our enemy is formidable and focused. He aims to capture your heart and mind.
Here a some strategies to help you fight to win.
Know your enemy
There is nothing made up or mythical about Satan. He’s very real. You won’t find him walking around in a red suit, carrying a pitch fork. He doesn’t typically advertise his presence. Instead he operates more covertly. He can’t make you do anything, so he floods your heart and mind with suggestions about what to believe and how to behave. Satan’s suggestions always seem to satisfy a desire, fulfill a need or settle a perceived injustice. He works to convince you that acting on his suggestions, though contrary to Christ, is reasonable and right because you “deserve” it and have a “right” to…
Check your blind spot
Satan studies us and finds our vulnerabilities. The areas where we’ve been hurt or wounded. He looks for the places where we are the most accessible. His attacks are specific and uniquely designed to make it difficult for you to resist. He only needs to infiltrate enough for you to ask, what if…, maybe… or, I wonder. That’s why it’s crucial for you to know the condition of your heart. What are you insecure or unsure about? Where have you been hurt? What worries you? What do you want, crave or covet? Where do you feel unfulfilled or unsatisfied? It’s different for each us. Satan is savvy and patient. He’ll wait for the right condition, the right time to set his scene. So, learn your habits, what triggers you? With what and when do you struggle most? Are there certain times of the day or year that pose particular challenges for you? Do you find it hard to be alone or feel easily overwhelmed by the pressure of other people? Satan watches and waits; his whole goal is to see you fall and be less than you’re capable of being. Don’t let him get away with it. Actively survey your thoughts, emotions and actions. Learn to recognize and sidestep his traps.
Choose the right weapons
Reinforce your life with the only power greater than Satan, the sovereign God. God’s word is true and eats up Satan’s lies. Commit to learning scriptures that speak directly to your life. So, however Satan comes to challenge, you have a response. You can’t do this on your own and you don’t have to. God knew you’d need help. Use God’s word to invoke the same Spirit that resurrected our Savior from the dead. Don’t wait to feel weak, act now to stay fueled up for the fight. Apply God’s word to every area and situation in your life. Personalize God's word, He's talking to you. So when Satan talks, talk back and not just in your head. Say God's word aloud to force Satan's lies to the light, he can't live in the light.
Hold your ground
Satan doesn't stop, but the fight gets easier. The more you let God in, the more God gets into you and the more your win. These are a few of my favorite scriptures, they are a source of strength for me. I believe they would be the same for you.
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