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.
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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