Confidence, egos and pride tend to convince individuals that they can handle anything that life throws their way. With success, this mindset gradually leads people to become self-reliant, trusting in their own strength and abilities. And yet, these factors create the perfect storm, setting the stage for a demonic attack on the unguarded.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, 1 Peter 5:8.
The human mind is an accessory, a willing accomplice. As the mind is a giant sponge, able to record and store millions of pieces of information throughout your life. Some of this content triggers fond memories of former relationships, places or things. Meanwhile, other events can expose or uncover secret scars, a painful remainder of nightmares from your past. Subsequently, anyone who starts a day without the covering of prayer or a support system is vulnerable to invisible attacks known as spiritual warfare.
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold, Ephesians 4:26-27.
After a great first month of 2016, I’ve found myself falling back into careless patterns. Any type of apathetic manner allows on open door for the Devil to come back into and torment your life. This is why addiction, bad habits and unguided souls experience so much pain and remorse. If you find yourself in this precarious situation, going through life unguarded, its time to create a war room, a place of prayer to prepare you for Satan’s schemes. Like the old American Express Ad campaign, don’t leave home without it.
by Jay Mankus