When Satan Goes In For the Kill

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about Strengthening our Spiritual Core. A friend posted a comment that read...

"My spiritual core gets weak when I don't read the word and stay in communication with the Lord. That's when Satan attacks the most because he knows I am weak then." ~Chelle

As I read her comment, I had to agree...especially with that last part - that it seems Satan attacks hardest when he knows we are weak.  But that made me wonder - how does Satan know when we are weak? What makes him think that we are wounded enough that he can go in for the kill?

I don't believe that he is able to read our thoughts, so how does he sense our vulnerability?

I think we tip him off.

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With words of discouragement, doubt and frustration.
With slumped shoulders and shuffling feet.
With a defeated attitude and a joyless demeanor.

You can usually read a person's state of being by observing them for just a short amount of time, so maybe that's the same way the enemy knows when we're feeling weak...and he goes in for the kill.

Life can be hard at times. It wears us down and unless we are proactive in building spiritual stamina, we soon begin to exhibit signs of weariness, tipping off the enemy that we may not be able to withstand his attacks at that moment.

I, for one, do not want to be an open book for Satan to read.

My plan?

First, to be diligent in building my spiritual core, knowing that God says...

  • I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
  • I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
  • Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
  • To put on the whole armor of God so that we might take a stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:10-18
Second, I am not going to tip off the enemy when I am feeling weak. Instead I will...
Photo courtest mokra,
  • Let the word of Christ dwell richly in me
  • Sing, rejoice and give thanks to God (out loud) from a grateful heart
  • Stand firm and speak words of faith to let the devil (and those around me) know that I trust God in all circumstances and that even in the hard places of life...He makes me strong
If Satan thinks he can read me like a book, then that book is going to be the Word of God!

How about you?
  • Do you have a plan in place to keep yourself strong in the faith and therefore, less susceptible to attacks from the enemy?
  • Do you recognize ways that you tip off the enemy, making you an easy target?
Share your thoughts in a comment. We'd love to hear from you.
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Shakin' the Foundation said...

AUH~MAZINGGGG post Jan!!! I needed to hear this today!!!! There are times when I beleive I am standing and actually I am opening the door wide open for the enemy to come in an attack! Thank you for your words of encouragment!!


Reformed rebel said...

Oh Jan ~ you hit it just right!! Yes, when I am weak satan knows because of those things on your list. I know it is my fault when satan attacks. He does not attack at random much of the time. We usually open up the door...just give him a little wiggle room to slip through. What I want is this...When I am weak HE is strong!!
2 Corinthians 12:10

My plan is to keep in the word...reach out for God in like never before!

Great, great post!

Jan Christiansen said...

Thanks, Stacey & Chelle! Wouldn't it be great to confuse the enemy by reacting with praise and adoration to God everything satan tries to throw something at us to discourage us?

Just Be Real said...

Jan, I have had that same question about can satan read our thoughts. No.... but he has been in practice for so many years and is the greatest liar and deceiver. He watches our actions thought. Thank you for such and inspiring blog. Blessings.

Jan Christiansen said...

It's a bit disconcerting to know that Satan can read our actions pretty well, but oh, so comforting to know that God can read and know our hearts, and that He is so much stronger than the enemy. If we just hide ourselves in Him, we'll be more than okay.

Thanks for stopping by, Just Be Real!