The Secret of Victory

When an attack occurs, the attacker has one goal—to defeat the enemy and subject him to his will. Remember 1 Peter 5:8? Your adversary, the devil, wants to devour you.

The enemy doesn’t want simply to attack, but to win.

So as we look at the Five Deadly D’s, I want you to see that the enemy’s goal is to penetrate your line of defense. And if you and I don’t stop him by holding the line, then he’s going to come in like a flood with all of his other destructive weapons. The shock value of his attack is to drive a wedge into you with disappointment, then press in with discouragement, dejection, despair, and demoralization, which will mean defeat. He doesn’t have to kill you to win; he just needs to get you to stop fighting, to turn and run, to hide, to quit the battle. The secret to victory, then, is to never allow a penetration.

Before we call it a day, give yourself a few minutes to review what you have learned. Jot it down and then think about how it applies to you.

Is there anything you are discouraged about? Disappointed? Or has it gone even further than that? How are you going to handle it?

You might begin by praying and getting a good night’s sleep. Sleepy and tired sheep are easier prey for the devil.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This would be a good verse to memorize.

This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.

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