There probably aren't many of us who are able to always maintain a positive attitude. We let situations or circumstances affect our mood, alter our perceptions and generally keep us living in a lifestyle of defeat.
The enemy of our soul is constantly looking for ways to take us down with his devious traps, schemes and plans. He seeks to keep us apart from God anyway he can. His attacks can come in several different ways.
His attacks against us have a regimen to them, a method and style. The devil sees our failures and tries to exploit them at every turn. He designs tailored attacks based upon our faults. Let's compare those attacks with some tactics all military use in battle.
The enemy can bring a full-frontal assault, a blindside, or an ambush. Any of these attacks can leave us laying in the dust and feeling defeated. By reflecting on the tactics of the enemy, we become wiser. Know your enemy, as the old saying goes. This enables to know which things to ask God for help in our lives, our weak areas. We need to fortify ourselves in Christ and prepare for the battle that will come.
The first attack we'll take a look at, the blindside. If you've seen a football game, you'll recognize this phrase, blindside. When a pass rusher hits the quarterback on his blindside, that's his vulnerable side. He didn't see it coming. Usually the quarterback is seeing stars after a hit like this, right? In order for a Christian to be blindsided, all they need do is make themselves vulnerable by being uniformed about his plan and how to counter it.
This attack for the Christian can come from satanic forces while we are already in the midst of a storm, affliction or some type of trouble. The devil has already brought trouble, but then he brings another from our blindside.
Remember the story of Job? He was already hearing bad news and then, blindsided. Job 1:17 says, “while he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said; The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yes, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.” Job was already getting tragic news from one messenger, when another came to deliver more bad news.
The next type of attack we'll examine is the ambush. That's launched when the enemy is hiding. waiting to attack us from a place of concealment. Suppose for a minute, couldn't our enemy launch an attack against us hiding behind our fear? When fear is residing within us, that's when our emotions are out of sync with God’s word. Doesn't it make sense he would attack using this type of strike?
The word of God shows this is possible through Job 3:25 which says, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” It was through Job’s fear the enemy found his weakness and from behind Job's fear the devil launched an ambush. Our fear holds us bound and enslaved to a defeatist attitude.
The next type of attack we'll look at, full-frontal assault. The military tactic of frontal assault is a direct, hostile movement of forces at the front of an enemy force. The devil uses this form of strike to bring continuous attacks against us. He sends wave after wave wave of fiery darts to wear down our resistance. We find this happened to Job also, the enemy was relentless in his frontal attacks against him.
There were troubling things that happened in Job’s life. He lost his family, his livestock and possessions, then his health. Do you see the frontal assault pattern here? Job's life is an example of the devil’s unrelenting attacks he brings against the children of God.
Therefore, we must be learn from Job's example. We must be on-guard, ready as 1 Peter 5:8 says, “be sober, be vigilant because your enemy is like a roaring lion, stalking and seeking whom he might devour” (paraphrased). It’s important to learn and remember the possible ways our enemy might rise up against us and bring his attack our way.
It’s essential to remember the five things in this list if you are going to walk in victory through Christ. Being prepared through these five things we can beat back any, ambush, blindsides, or full-frontal attacks the enemy brings our way. Remember we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us and gave himself for us. He will give us guidance if we will seek it from him.