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Defenseless to Defended--Chapter 1: How to overcome Satan's Venomous Attacks?

To begin this discussion of Satan’s venomous attacks, there are two types of venomous attacks of Satan. These are acute venomous attacks and chronic venomous attacks. Acute venomous attacks are the attacks of Satan that only occur once. On the other hand, chronic venomous attacks are the same attack of Satan that occur on a more routine basis like drug addictions, pornography, anger, shame, grief, and other repeatable attacks of Satan. Chronic venomous attacks occur when the sin feels good, and the only way to feel good again is by repeating the same offense multiple times. Then when you repeat that same offense, it feels good, which causes you to do it over and over and over again.

The only way to break that chronic spiritual venomous attack and be free from Satan’s venom rushing into your brain is by memorizing Scripture and seeking outside help. Seek Spiritual Emergency Services (S.E.S.), which includes Counselors, Pastors, and your healthy spiritual friends (i.e., a support group like Life Hurts God Heals).

Satan’s evil attacks are the attacks that disrupt your relationship with God. Satan’s vicious attacks can suffocate your spiritual life and cause you to feel spiritually dead. Satan’s venomous attacks can feel like a rattlesnake bite which causes your relationship with God to start to deteriorate. It causes you to question your beliefs and question everything that you stand for. It feels like everything you work for is coming to a screeching halt. Your brain is getting injected with venom of Satan’s evil desires and thoughts.

When Satan, your adversary, tries to inject you and me with his fangs of spiritual venom that penetrate our brain, we have the spiritual antivenom, the Word of God. As Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) states, “For the word of God is living and active sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Like the writer of Hebrews denotes, when we have the Word of God living in our hearts, it can be like that leather boot which stops the penetration of Satan’s venom in our spiritual lives. The Word of God is the antivenom that stops Satan’s venomous attacks. It can be our defense Mechanism.

However, sometimes Satan’s venom can penetrate our souls and when that happens the best way to heal our spiritual souls is by memorizing and meditating on the Word of God. As 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV) states, we should “take every thought captive to obey Christ” to eliminate the spiritual venom that Satan tries to infect us with. 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV) states, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” So, Satan sometimes inflicts a mauling wound on our spiritual journey with God that causes our spiritual life to be stagnant. Sin is an inflicting wound. This inflicting wound needs to be healed by the Word of God. Sin is the mauling attack of Satan, that venom that can penetrate our spiritual nervous system.

Satan’s sole purpose in this world is to destroy our relationship with the one who made us. He does this by using his venomous attacks: anxiety, spiritual insecurity, anger, shame, depression, grief, church conflict, peer pressure, spiritual warfare, sinful habits and attitudes, suffering, pride, indecisiveness, fear, failure, and blame-shifting. Blame-shifting, failure, and shame are all found in Genesis 3 which details the Fall of Adam and Eve. Due to the pride of Satan thinking that he was better than the Angels and God in Heaven, He got an eviction notice form God stating, “Eviction Notice: You are hereby kicked out of heaven because you have sinned against God by wanting to be like me and by your pride and arrogance. You are henceforth never able to enter heaven again.” Along with Satan’s demise, 1/3 of the angels followed him and are now called “fallen angels” or demons. Then, God created mankind to glorify him. However, the first two people, Adam and Eve was tempted by Satan, disguised as a Serpent to betray God’s trust and rules. They fell to Satan’s venomous attacks by eating from the knowledge of Good and Evil which God explicitly told Adam and Eve not to do. They sinned which caused them to blame the other person, try to hide from God (How well did that work out? Not very well).

We need to break free from the cycle of temptation. We need to stop sowing seeds from the sinful nature and start sowing seeds from the spiritual healthy nature which comes from abiding in God’s Word and believing in Jesus Christ. God’s Word is the solution to your pain and your anger. Resting in your anger only results in more anger. You need to stop sowing bad seeds and start sowing good seeds. Galatians 6:8 (ESV) states, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” What does this verse truly mean to the life of the believer? This verse means that we should not live in the prison of sin but live in the freedom Christ has to offer. Galatians 5:1 (ESV) state, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Later on in this passage, Paul offers a warning to those who use their freedom to do harm. Galatians 5:13 states, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” The only way to truly break free from the prison of sin and the spiritual venom that comes from the fangs of Satan. Satan exists for one purpose and for one purpose only that is to confuse the believers into living a sinful life.

The way to live a spirt-filled life to be light of the World. Matthew 5:14-16 shares an excellent message that can help us inject the spiritual antivenom in the venom that was released by Satan. Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV) states, “You are the light of the World. A City on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew is a tax collector. He wrote Matthew to reach the Jewish population so that they can know Jesus Christ. In Matthew 5, he started the Sermon on the Mount which contains the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes is a beautiful picture of how a Christian should live. He, referring to Jesus Christ, added a section in his Sermon on the Mount to encourage His followers of the Way (The Way is referring to those who believe Jesus was the Messiah). He was encouraging his followers to be “a light of the World.” A light brightens a dark room (Matthew 5:14). Your works are an outpouring of our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are to be lights of Jesus Christ spreading the light to all men so that we can give glory to our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16). We are not supposed to hide this light under a basket (Matthew 5:15).

In Conclusion, Satan longs to entrap believers in their sin nature so that their reputation is ruined. However, one way to prevent the entrapment or the venom, hanging from Satan fangs, itching to penetrate a believer’s life, is to meditate and abide in God’s Word.

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