By Pastor Andrew Bawa
Strategies to Fending the Enemy Off: How to Recognize, Avoid and Overcome Faith/Destiny destroyers
"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which theLord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." - Genesis 3:1-3 (KJV)
Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:1, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 2:15-17, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Hebrews 10:25
The devil is always ready to attack our Faith - the source of Christianity. He never wastes his time fighting someone who is going nowhere. If you are heading somewhere, the devil is surely going to try attacking you. Only destiny carriers on their way to fulfilling destinies are being attacked by the devil.
The devil does not waste time. He knows his time is limited so he only shows up when he notices the following:
- You are being saved
- You are being delivered
- You are being blessed by God
- Your star is rising
- Your star is shining
- You have received a miracle from God.
- You are on your way to fulfilling destiny.
When the devil sees these happening, he tries to attack the source of it all - our faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, it is your salvation. The devil attacks our faith through other people's suggestions, opinions, ideas, comments and by instilling fear. He uses what we hear, see or where we are at the moment to distract us. So, be careful what you expose your mind to.
To fend off the devil's tricks, here are some strategies to keep in mind:
- Stay connected to God's word
- Avoid ignorant whispers, comments, suggestions and opinions
- Avoid giving out too much information
- Be spiritually aware
- Avoid being idle
- Continuously fellowship with other believers
- Be mindful of little foxes (anger, malice, bitterness, jealously, hatred, gossip, unforgiveness, prayerlessness, ungratefulness)
- Avoid ungodly counsel
- Spend time worshiping in God's presence
- Continuously seek God's face
- Fast more often.
It is important to stay plugged in to the Word of God and to the fellowship of believers. This will help deter the any advances of the devil to steal your faith.