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How the devil attacks us doesn’t always begin as full on, obvious attacks. They often begin as small drops in the bucket. They are many times small spiritual attacks that may go unnoticed.

Have you ever put a bucket under a water spicket outside but the spicket is turned off? You think you won’t have a problem because you cut the water off at the source. You notice one drop coming out of the spicket and it lands in the bucket, but you ignore it because after all, it’s only a drop.

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How the Devil Attacks – An Overflowing Bucket

Then you walk away!

You get busy with life and fail to notice that the one drop was not alone. Another drop followed, then another. It continued dripping…each one alone barely detectable. But each one was followed by another and then another and then another. Together, they caused the bucket, with time, to overflow.


How the Devil Attacks – His Tactics 

The attacks of the enemy are often like those drops in the bucket. The overflow of water that eventually occurs started as a single drop.

That single drop that we paid no attention to. We may have noticed it fall and disregarded it as “just a drop” or we may not even have noticed it at all. 

Sometimes he attacks us with a strong, overt attack that is unmistakable and injurious. But most times, they are like drops in a bucket; seemingly undetectable.

He knows that if we recognize the attack we can fight it. If that faucet just started pouring water out as soon as we put the bucket under it, we would immediately notice and shut it off!  However, we are less likely to notice the small drops.

We often just chock them up to a bad day or a bad mood.



Its Not Just a “Bad Day”

The enemy wants you to think that! He wants you to just toss it aside and think these things just “happen”. 

And sometimes they do! Sometimes it IS just something that happened BUT stop and pray about it all the same!!

When you take the time to pray about that “bad day” you are giving it over to God and even if it is not the enemy coming at you, prayer can take the focus off the bad and put it on God.

However, many times those things we just toss aside as being no big deal are just what the enemy uses to build up your feelings of annoyance, aggravation and frustration until, next thing you know, you are just in a foul mood!



How the Devil Attacks – He Knows You Well

The enemy knows what grates on me; he knows what is an effective attack.

He studies us! Each believer is an object of focus for him. He trains himself well on what makes us tick and what makes us fold.

Satan knows I have anxiety! He knows I have a tendency to compare myself to others! He knows I am prone to worry!

The enemy is well aware that I get upset and hurt easily! So what’s he going to do?

He’s going to give me little things here and there, carefully aimed drops throughout my day, that will cause me to look at my “bucket” at the end of the day and realize that I didn’t even notice it was overflowing. He will invade my home without me even detecting he entered.

The enemy is not always storming at us full force! Don’t always look for the big, overt attacks. Watch the smaller ones that build onto each other! Then shut it off at the source!



“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (KJV)



Carefully Targeted Spiritual Attacks of the Devil

If you quit smoking, for instance, he is not going to have someone show up at your door with a carton of cigarettes and try to get you to start up again! You’d slam the door and walk away!

No, he’s going to produce little drops; little stresses that add up and finally cause you to feel like you need to have a cigarette in order to deal with the stress!

He’ll whisper “Just have one! It will make your stress disappear!” and next thing you know, you’re smoking again!

You see, any one of those drops alone would seem like no big deal and, like the drops in a bucket, would go virtually undetected. They would seem to be simple annoyances but that’s all.

But all of them together produce stress, pain, hurt, anger, depression, despondency and sometimes we can’t even pinpoint WHY we feel that way because the drops were SO small!

So keep an eye on the bucket….


“Neither give place to the devil” Ephesians 4:27 (KJV)


Don’t just pay attention when the water is getting high! Watch for the first sign of a drop, those initial spiritual attacks, and then give that “drop”, that problem, that offense, that weak moment, over to God so He can help you shut it down. Then you will never have to worry about an overflow.


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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.

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    Love this post. Its so true how the enemy goes after us in the little trivial things in life. I love the analogy of the bucket collecting water.

    Courtney Kramer

    I’ve never thought of the little drops in the bucket metaphor for attacks from the Devil. It’s so true! It’s easy to ignore the little things that are taking our focus away from God because at the moment they seem insignificant. It’s important to be aware of our habits and whether they are honouring to God.


    Such a timely post as a friend and I were just talking the other day about the works of the enemy. I picture it being a courtroom with the enemy constantly trying to prove a case against us… deep stuff, but I love your approach to this! XO


    I always ask people who have decided to stop coming to church if they are praying to Heavenly Father, reading scriptures etc. Usually they aren’t doing these things. I ask what are you substituting for these things? How it all begins.

    Christine Fahs
    Christine Fahs

    This is where my son is :-(. A drift…

    Jennifer Love

    This is so true! We have come to recognize this and point it out to each other on our ministry team- if an event is happening that night, we expect to meet negativity, discouraging thoughts, headaches and interruptions to our plans. Little drops of water all day because God has big plans for us!


    Thank you for this reminder that little by little adds up to a lot. And that going to God shuts it down.