Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
Satan is good at being bad. Knowing our weaknesses, he camps out, just waiting for his chance to launch his missiles. He does it with extreme accuracy. The good news is we can begin to recognize his tactics and watch his attempts be thwarted. How? By saturating ourselves with Scripture and by reading about the triumphs of those who stumbled before us. And by believing God is bigger than Satan's best shots and remembering why the enemy continues to hit us where he does is essential.
If we become increasingly aware of our areas of struggle and rely on God's strength in those spots, eventually they will not be the targeted areas. The only reason they are revisited is because Satan has success there. It's a downward spiral that we can get out of. We need to believe that God is bigger than those areas of our lives. The truth is, God is bigger than any weakness we have. Mull that over for a while.
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (1 John 3:8)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on God Our Defender Will Fight Our Battles for Us on August 3rd, 2019 - Watch Sermon