Don’t Let Satan Toy With You
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
We don’t have to give in to Satan’s attempts to control us through temptations. We are able to live victorious lives if we know how to prepare for the battles. We are called to guard our hearts, and we do that by not being undone by negative emotions. Negativity truly is the devils playground.
What negative emotions does Satan use to gain emotional ground in your life?
Do not give the devil a foothold.
What’s the most common foothold you can give Satan that allows him to push all these temptations? It’s any negative emotion. Anytime you have a negative emotion, you’ve just given Satan a foothold in your life, and you’re going to be more vulnerable than at any other time to those temptations. The enemy wants you to focus on your feelings that come from the temptations he’s bombarding you with. He’s aiming at your thoughts and emotions, so you focus on your behavior, instead of your true identity in Christ. He an effective liar and manipulator who will play all day with your emotions if you allow yourself to be used by him, by doubting the truth of who God says you are through His word. As soon as you are emotionally out of sorts, he brings on the guilt and condemnation and that we he can attack you on the other side. Negativity gives Satan home field advantage. You don’t need to be an emotional person to have Satan abuse you with these tactics. The only way you’ll be able to fight any persistent temptation in your life is to identify the emotions that make you vulnerable, then, refocus your mind on God’s word so that you can replace those negative emotions with God’s love and truth.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through these scriptures?