Angst, dread and panic are words synonomous with fear. When some individuals are about to lose control or power, fear tactics are employed to manipulated others. This process can get ugly, exposing evil intentions from within. Unfortunately, this scene is replayed daily across the country resulting in concern, distress and horror.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full, John 10:10.
When teaching the first century about the Devil, Jesus refers to this fallen angel as a thief. This spiritual bully has a playbook of fear tactics attempting steal, kill and destroy souls. Unfortunately, this attack is invisible, enticing, luring and tempting unknowing accomplishes to do his own dirty work.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies, John 8:44.
Sometimes I read too much into someone’s actions. Yet, I have experienced moments where Satan used a stranger to verbally assault me. This happened a few times when I was in youth ministry and teaching. My initial thought was “what the hell is going on?” Yet, after a few days of reflecting and seeking discernment from others, I realized these events were merely fear tactics inspired by demonic powers seeking to steal my joy in life. When the father of lies comes knocking at your door, guard yourself with a hedge of protection through prayer.
by Jay Mankus