Like the lion that waits until the right time to pounce on its prey, the devil waits until we are vulnerable to strike his hardest.
He lays in wait to tempt us with assaults of varying degrees to frustrate , discourage and distract us.
Sometimes, he remains hidden while he lurks and waits for the right time to attack and many times he camouflages himself through other people whom we trust.
Whatever his strategy, he patiently waits to devour us.
Just ask Jesus while He was tempted in the wilderness.
The devil waits until we finally begin to believe our daily affirmations to inject half-truths into our minds through persons of influence around us. He waits until we finally take a leap of faith to frustrate us through doubt-feeding situations. He waits until we can “finally breathe” to knock the little wind we have left with a disappointing unfolding.
This is how the devil operates – it is no wonder we are counseled in Matthew 26: 41 to “watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation….” For, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
And because of this sobering reality, we cannot afford to become comfortable, careless or irresponsible or give into trifling emotions, for, without permission or notice, we will be devoured by the devil.
Still, thankfully, even when we become vulnerable or complacent and lower the guard of God around our lives, giving the devil ground to pounce and attack, God has a hand behind the scenes – controlling every single move.
Nothing happens without His knowledge or permission.
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