Recognizing the Subtle Attacks of the Devil
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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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 and, together, they caused the bucket, with time, to overflow.
Tactics of the Devil
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.
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.
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We often ignore them or just chock them up to a bad day or a bad mood.
He knows that if we recognize the attack we can fight it. If that spicket just started pouring water out as soon as we put the bucket under it, we would immediately notice and shut it off! But we are less likely to notice the small drops.
Your Enemy the Devil Knows You Well
He is well aware that I get offended 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 I didn’t notice it was overflowing.
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!
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“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (KJV)
Carefully Targeted Spiritual Attacks
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 one to deal with the stress!
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 look for when the water is getting high! Watch for the first sign of a drop 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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