As a victim (and survivor) of domestic abuse, I have looked evil in the face. My abuser was excellent at manipulation and control. He thrived on making me feel crazy and less-than. For a very long time I was met with accusation after accusation from not only him but the people he had managed to get on his side. It seemed like his full time job was to convince me and anyone who would listen that I was the destructive one and the one with the problems.
You may not have walked through the pain and heartache of abuse, but if you are a child of the King there is someone whose sole purpose is to accuse you of any and everything he can think of. He is the enemy of your soul. Make no mistake, he wants to see you destroyed.
3 Ways Satan Attacks During Hard Times
We already know that one of the main reasons God allows suffering is to bring us into a closer relationship with Him. Satan tries to use our suffering to drive a wedge between God and us. Why? Because he knows that the only way we are going to defeat him is with God’s help. And he doesn’t want that.
If you are going to find peace and healing you have to learn to overcome these spiritual attacks. Here are three ways the devil tries to hinder you during hard times:
Satan Attacks by Preventing Your Spiritual Growth
Pain can be paralyzing. When things are so bad that you don’t know what to do, it can be very tempting to just stop doing anything. Satan knows that if he can get you to stop growing closer to God, you will never be able to defeat him.
He will lie to you and tell you that there’s no point in reading your Bible because it doesn’t apply to your situation. He will try to convince you that you are so sinful and have made so many mistakes it’s just not possible for God to ever bless you in any way.
Your strength during hard times comes from God. You find the faith you need by seeking to know more about Him. Satan’s attacks will often be aimed at keeping you from getting to know the truth.
Satan Attacks Your Character and Reputation
When I was in the process of getting free from my abuser, I had a hard time getting help from all the “right people.” My church was not a safe place for me. The leaders there had known my abuser long before I started attending so they took everything he said and did as gospel. He even convinced people I’d never met that I was the Wicked Witch of the West.
Watching my reputation get ruined over things I did not do was heartbreaking. I already felt that I’d lost so much and this was just one more thing to add to the list.
Along with my reputation, my character was under attack. I’m not sure about you but I often struggle to keep it all together when times get hard. I get angry and frustrated easily. I snap at my friends and family and push people away. Satan loves this because it leads to more isolation and makes me an easier target.
If you are suddenly facing people questioning the core of who you are, don’t fret. God will vindicate and redeem you! I have had people I didn’t even know contact me to apologize for their sins against me and for believing the lies they were told.
Christians are known by their actions. When the temptation to act ugly comes, recognize it as an attack and resist it.
Satan Attacks Your Faith in God
The longer I’m in a trial the harder I begin to pray. I get so desperate for God to move in my circumstance that I find myself waking up in the middle of the night in prayer. This is a good thing! But when God seems silent or things seem to take a little longer than I hope, Satan tries to exploit that.
He wants to magnify doubt and worry so we will stop believing that God will keep His promises to us. Satan knows that if he can get us to believe the lie that God won’t come through, he can get us to stop praying. If we stop praying, he knows that he can weaken our faith. And when our faith is weak, Satan can run amuck.
Remember, when Satan starts attacking you, you are on the right path. He only attacks people he knows are dangerous to his mission. So keep waging good warfare, prayer warrior!