Why Does Satan Attempt to Oppose You?

  1. You Are the Potential Source of Pleasure to GodRev 4:11 – “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
  2. The Devil Attempts to Attack Those Closest to the Heart of GodThat means – you and me! He does this because he is powerless directly against God – who is his real enemy. Therefore, he attacks God’s friends.
  3. To Prevent the Arrival of Supernatural AssistanceThe devil wants to paralyze your planning, abort your dreams, and dilute your hope. He opposes anything that will give God glory.

What are satan’s Favorite Weapons?

  1. DelayWeaken your desire to keep you reaching to God. It’s like coming under the fog of fatigue and losing your way (Dan. 10:2-14).
  2. Deceit 

    Satan is the master of deception, error and seduction. He attempts to derail God’s purposes by making principles of the spirit into laws of legalism.

  3. DistractionBroken focus is the goal of all satanic attack. Our times of greatest intimacy can be our times of greatest battle. Prov. 4:27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn you foot from evil.
  4. DisappointmentThis can occur toward others, self, church and God etc. The enemy attempts to magnify the weakness of others to offend and embitter. Those closest to you have the potential to wound you the most -therefore we must be people who release mercy and forgiveness.

When Does the Enemy Hit the Hardest?
We can learn to predict the seasons of your attack.

Matthew 4:11 – Then the devil left him for a season, and angels came and attended him.

  1. Physical ExhaustionSome of Satan’s greatest attacks on your life will probably happen when you get too little sleep.
  2. Major ChangesThis is especially true when there are geographical changes, when one is moving into a new region. Crisis occurs on the eve of change.
  3. The Birth of a Child Destined for Prophetic GreatestMatthew 2:13Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise and take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”

    Murderous Scheme to attack a prophetic generation.

    1. Moses with Pharaoh.
    2. Jesus with Herod.
    3. This generation with abortion.

  4. A Specific Miracle Leaving The Hand of GodAn enemy attack can happen when a specific miracle has just left the hand of God toward you. Daniel’s 21 day prayer retreat is such as example and the resulting conflict that occurred.
    Daniel10:13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
    When you make an effort to take a stand. The degree of intensity in spiritual warfare is proportional to the plan that you are to possess.
  5. When You Are Next In Line For PromotionRemember there are cyclic seasons. Satan came to Jesus seeking to entice and enslave him, but left for a more opportune time.
    Matthew 4:11Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.

Tips For Warriors

The following is a list that adds to and summarizes the points already brought forth. Remember, the taste of victory lasts longer than the memory of the struggle.  PTL!   Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is in despair within me; Therefore I remember Thee from the land of the Jordan, And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

  1. You will never outgrow warfare.  You must simply learn to fight. (Eph. 6:12)
  2. God’s purpose in your struggle is not merely your survival, but your advancement.
    Deut. 8:1,2
    – All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers. And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
  3. Nothing is ever as bad as it first appears (Psalms 138:7, 8).
  4. Failure is not an event but an opinion.
    Luke 23:35
    And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.
  5. Failure cannot happen in your life without your permission.
    Joshua 24:15And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
  6. All great men and women of God attract satanic attention.
    Job 1:9-12Then Satan answered the Lord, Does Job fear God for nothing? Hast Thou not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Thy hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse Thee to Thy face. Then the Lord said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord. 
  7. All men fall – but great men and women get back up!
    Psalms 37:23-24The steps of a man are established by the Lord; And He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.
  8. Satan always attacks what he fears the most (Matthew 2:3).
  9. Struggle is the proof you have not been conquered
    (II Cor. 4:8, 9).
  10. Satan’s favorite entry point is often those closest to you
    (Mic. 7:6).
  11. You will never fully win a spiritual battle logically (II Cor. 10:3).
  12. Pain can be a passageway to a miracle (Ps. 30:5).
  13. Warfare tends to surround the birth of a miracle (Matt. 2:13).
  14. Crisis always occurs at the curve of change (Gen. 13:1, 6, 7).
  15. Satan attacks those who are often next in line for promotion
    (Job 2:3).
  16. Stop keeping your gaze on what you see and place it on what you have. (Num. 14:8; II Kg. 6).
  17. No one has been a loser longer than the devil.
    Rev. 12:9And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
  18. Never speak words that make satan think (or you) that he is winning.
    (Dan 3:17).
  19. Those unwilling to lose, rarely do. Ps. 55:22Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
  20. Battle is your chance for recognition – both in Heaven and in the enemy’s camp.
    I Tim. 6:12 –  Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Make a quality decision to go on with God!  Remember Psalm 18:37,
“I pursued my enemy and overtook him – and I did not turn back until they were consumed!!’  May it be the same with us and may the Holy Spirit wash us each from weariness in the battle to continue until the battle has been fully won.

Summary To Key Points

Psalm 18:37- I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

  1. You are born in battle and you were born for battle.
  2. Your battle is not against your spouse, children, your boss, or pastor but against spiritual forces of wickedness.
  3. Spiritual warfare is centered around the placement of the Son – in your life, family, city and nation!
  4. Struggle is a sign of life and proof that one has not been conquered.
  5. Warfare and battling always surround the advancement and the birth of a miracle.

I trust these tips help you. They come from my new book and study guide Deliverance from Darkness.  I have learned a few things the hard way and these lessons and much more are yours. This is my gift to you. Now use your weapons – arise and pursue your once–strong enemy in Jesus Christ name!

Battling with You!

James W. Goll