Satan’s Tactics for Penetrating Your Line of Defense

Has there ever been a time in your life when your disappointment in a person or in a situation caused you to go into an emotional tailspin?

Have you ever felt you might drown in discouragement?

Have you ever fallen into a well of dejection and in that well found yourself in such a state of despair that you were so demoralized you couldn’t even figure out how to climb out of your prison—or even try?

Then, my friend, you have tasted the wretched awfulness of the FIVE DEADLY D’s:

Disappointment,
Discouragement,
Dejection (Depression),
Despair, and
Demoralization.

You might have lost the battle, but, dear Christian, you don’t have to lose the war! You can be set free from your enemy’s prison. Of course, he would like to torture you until you have lost all hope, turned your back on your country, denied your King, and turned traitor. However, remember that “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).

Often the Roman army of Paul’s day fought in a formation that linked soldiers together, shoulder to shoulder, shield to shield. This close formation was designed to prevent penetration of the group so that soldiers wouldn’t be defeated piecemeal, one-on-one. Together they were strong. Each soldier had armor that was intended to prevent penetration by spears, lances, and swords.

To penetrate this mass of soldiers, the enemy had to concentrate force and strike a hard blow in between individual soldiers. A formation known as a “wedge” was used with one man at the point, then successive rows behind being wider than the one in front. Likewise, to penetrate the soldier’s individual armor, a hard, sharp thrust had to be made at a joint or unprotected spot. Only when all the armor was properly worn, so that the pieces worked together, could the blows be withstood.

Have you allowed Satan to penetrate your defenses?

Stop and think for a few minutes about the last time you were hit with disappointment, discouragement, dejection, despair, or demoralization. What triggered it? Write down your answer and then write down how you handled it. How did you survive?

If you get actively involved in this study by doing the things that I am asking you to do, you’ll find yourself learning more than you would by simply reading what I have written.
How I pray you will be so well equipped, so well trained, and so in touch with the Lord that you’ll know how to extinguish the flaming arrows of the enemy and fight him with your two-edged sword, which is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; [esvignore]Ephesians 6:16-17[/esvignore]).

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.

Additional Bible study resources on Spiritual Warfare.

Maybe you didn’t handle the last deadly D very well. Don’t give up! Press on, Beloved! We’re only on Day 6 of 30 days. You’ll will be better equipped to have victory over the deadly D’s when you finish this study of how to stand firm against them.

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