“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
I know I have done a lesson … well, a mini-series of 30 lessons actually … on the Deadly D’s, but I believe, that we need to focus on several that I see popping up in our lives as Christians.
The devil desires nothing more than to beat us down with these Deadly D’s. But, we are going to fight back, are we not? In order to do that though, we must equip ourselves (gain knowledge of these deadly darts that the devil hurls at us). We can gain victory in these areas!
¨ Doubt: means a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction — Romans 14:23 “And he that doubteth is dammed if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
¨ Discouragement: means depression of one’s spirit — Psalm 42:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
¨ Distraction: means diverted; confused; lack of focus; not focused on the proper thing — Matthew 14:28, 30 “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water … But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
¨ Detour: means not the main, direct route; a roundabout way — Jonah 1:2-3 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa …”
¨ Discontent: means unhappiness of the condition of things — Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
¨ Dishonest: means untruthful — Romans 12:17b “… Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
¨ Depression: means feelings of severe despondency — Proverbs 12:25 “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop …”
I do not know about you, but I have seen some of these in recent days in my life. Seeing them here defined and scripture that talks about them, makes me realize how deadly they can be if I leave them unchecked.
Let us find strength from God today to overcome these Deadly D’s! Let us send the devil on the run and let God give us the victory!