One of the devil’s favorite things to do to me the last few years is to attempt to torment me through a variety of interesting ways. When this happens, I feel as if I am under attack spiritually, plain and simple. Sometimes I’m not at all surprised by these attacks but other times, I’m left reeling a bit. His abilities to know which buttons to push are uncanny.
He uses various circumstances and even sometimes people to try to get to me. The fairly sinister dialogue is repetitive and goes something like this:
(devil) “You know you’re not really a Christian; everyone knows you’re just a wannabe. Anyone who knows about your past (sins) knows you’re just a phony. People will find out about your past and then what? They’ll know you’re not a real Christian..”
(devil) “You like to pretend that you’re such a good christian, but you can’t live up to real christian principles. You’re just a liar and no one respects you. Some good Christian you are!”
(devil) “You don’t measure up to the biblical disciples or to the other real Christians. You’re not good enough. Look at how you fail daily compared to this one or that one…You’re just not good enough and God doesn’t really love you! God is repulsed by you.”
and it continues on with more of the same….
I’ll be honest. There have been moments where I’ve been stressed, worried, or simply exhausted and these kinds of mental and emotional attacks have played havoc with me on some level that I might not have even been consciously aware of. I’m beginning to recognize this kind of mental dialogue though and the purposes of the dialogue.
The devil wants to shut me down, stop my testimony for Christ, and disable me any way he can. He wants to steal my joy, confidence, and faith in my salvation. He wants to eat my lunch through crippling my belief and trust in my relationship with God the Father, Himself. If he is successful in getting me to believe, (even for an instant), any of the crap he loves telling me, he’s got me off-balance and out of commission and thus, out of the will of the Father. He’s got me stewing in my misery and essentially has me castrated and castigated. I’m no longer effective for Christ and so he wins. Another Christian silenced and doubting himself.
- Spiritual Warfare (richwendling.wordpress.com)
- Demons: God Has Supernatural Opponents (kevinnunez.org)
- Satan…He’s someone we should know about. Controversial yes, but you need to know the enemy. (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)
- A Conversation Overheard Between The Devil And His Demons Concerning Prayer (haroldcameron.wordpress.com)