If you believe in God you have to believe that we are in the middle of a tremendous spiritual battle. Satan will do anything he can to come between us and God. Sadly, sometimes he doesn’t have to try very hard. Deep in our souls we know we live in a fallen world and we ourselves are fallen. We, by our nature, are not good. It is only through the grace offered to us by Christ that we will one day be able to stand before God as righteous and worthy.
Because we know we are of a fallen nature, Satan can use this against us is ways that create havoc in our lives. He can use our own fallen nature against us. And, he does.
Although there are many different ways he goes about messing with our heads to confuse us and attempt to draw us away from Christ, I will discuss three today.
- Lack of confidence
One of the easiest things Satan can do pull us away from God is to create a feeling in our minds making us think we can’t do anything right. A lack of confidence can create the feeling of not being worthy. One might think, “If I don’t remember to pray every day, why would God want me?” Another one might me, “I can’t keep a job, and I’m worthless.” And of course there is the simple, “My life is miserable, maybe God has abandoned me. I must have done something wrong.”
- Worries and Stress
This is a simple one, yet very powerful. We all have worries and stress in our lives, but how we deal with them can make a huge difference in our spiritual lives. We as Christians know our hope is in the Lord and we can bring all of our troubles and problems to Him. He is our heavenly Father and will take care of all our needs. However, we need to understand that although He will take care of our needs, He is not necessarily in the business of granting wishes or solving all of our problems. This is where Satan can step in. When we take our problems to the Lord we need to release them and trust that He will in fact take care of them. But, while we do this, Satan is right at our side, whispering in our ear telling us that things will only get worse. He will ask us, “What happens if your prayer isn’t answered the way you want?” He will try to scare us to the point we can’t sleep, eat, and yes, stay focused on God. Satan will plant seeds of doubt that can grow between us and God.
- Misplaced faith (in man)
For me, this is Satan’s playground. I always want to believe all people are good and they will do good by me just as I try to do good by them. The problem here is that I place faith, or hope, in the actions of another human that has a fallen nature just as I do. While I can have hope in my fellow man, I can only place my faith in the Lord. Due to the fact I often place faith in the people around me, I am always hurt when that faith and trust is abused. Scripture tells us, “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord” (Jer 17:5-8). I have learned that when I put faith in another person, I am pulling that faith away from our Lord. While we don’t have to hate our fellow man, we need to remember that our faith is in God, for He is the only one worthy of that faith. When we misplace our faith, Satan jumps in and makes us doubt the very meaning of faith through the pain and disappointment we suffer at the hands of our fallen brethren.
So there you have it, just three of the ways Satan can exploit our very nature and use it against us in the battle for our souls. We need to remember to keep our eyes on God and concentrate on staying in His will. If we stay focused on Him, the doorway Satan uses to get into our hearts and minds is much smaller.
Stay strong my brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes on the Lord and rejoice in the fact that yes, you are worthy because you are covered by the blood of the Lamb.