5 ways the devil attacks you and what the Bible says you should do about it
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We all have bad days - but did you know the devil preys on you when you are the most vulnerable?
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Life is never easy for long. Children, work, school and illness often interfere with the plans we've made for ourselves, and it is during the times we are enduring the most stress, pain and grief that the devil attacks.
Luckily, God gifted us with a Holy book to help guide us out of the pain inflicted by the enemy.
The five "vulnerability points the Devil uses to attack you," written by Kelly Balarie for Crosswalk.com are when we are Famished, Irritable, Gullible, Hurt and Tired - F.I.G.H.T.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill. - Matthew 5:6
When you attempt to fill that God-shaped hole in your heart, the devil and his minions attack.
It's easy to go after someone who doesn't understand that God is missing in their life - it's even easier when a believer stops hungering for God and replaces their need of God's love with their need for earthly joys.
That is not to say we should stop enjoying the small things in life - or even the big ones. It just means that it is important to keep our relationship with Christ strong through Bible study, prayer and Mass attendance.
Even if you are angry, do not sin: never let the sun set on your anger - Ephesians 4:26
When we are upset we often say and do things we later regret. Sometimes the things we do when we are angry have permanent repercussions - control yourself however you must, whether that means you need to take a few minutes to stand outside and water the grass to think through your situation or you need to lock yourself in your room to pray for a moment.
Remember, the devil loves when we are anything but happy. Don't give him the satisfaction of further provoking you.
The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then they will shut their ears to the truth and will turn to myths. - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Know the Truth - many believe that when they sin, God distances Himself from us. The truth of the matter is we only THINK we are distanced. God never leaves our side and is ready to step in whenever we ask.
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The devil uses our gullible tenancies to enforce the belief that we have sinned against God and are not worthy of His promises but don't fall for it!
God loves us and will always forgive our transgressions. All we need to do is ask.
do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be alarmed, for I am your God. I give you strength, truly I help you, truly I hold you firm with my saving right hand. - Isaiah 41:10
When we are hurting we are at our most vulnerable. We become gullible, irritated, we hunger for a way, ANY way, to end the pain - and the devil knows it.
When we're hurting we need to remember to rely on God. Turn to Him and pray, worship or go to a religious figure in your life to talk through the pain. Don't allow the devil to trick you into believing God is against you.
Rest in God alone, my soul! He is the source of my hope. - Psalm 62:5
When we feel we have tried everything in our power, that is the cue for us to give everything to God and trust He will work things out.
Too often we give in to our exhaustion. We feel the frustration and stress building until it explodes in a shower of anger, pain or worse.
When we are tired, we MUST remember that God is ALWAYS there to carry us.
Though the devil enjoys playing with our emotions, it is important to remember we are also responsible for our own actions.
We can choose to obey the devil or to trust in God. Which do YOU choose?
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