God wants us to be holy mouth pieces for Him, people who heal and help with their words. But Satan, would rather have you and me blowing it big time with our mouths. A few critical words here, a few complaints there, some profanity mixed in with a little gossip on the side and we have given him permission to make us people who tear others apart and sound no different (and sometimes worse) than unbelievers. Satan knows we can cause much damage with our mouths if we do not bring them under God’s control. Whether it is gossip, criticism, or unkind remarks, our mouths can be instruments of righteousness or unrighteousness. Close that door to Satan, altogether, by applying God’s instruction in Ephesians 4:29. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”. And 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. Be a verbally thankful person who speaks only to lift others up. Not tear them down. That will diminish and destroy a critical and complaining spirit that gives Satan a stronghold in our lives. Why is it that when people get depressed, they overeat or drink excessively or turn to substances? Why is that young girls cut their bodies or starve themselves when they are dealing with emotional pain? I believe it’s because Satan will turn us against our bodies if he can, as a way of “getting back at God”. Our bodies are precious to God. Scripture commands us to give our bodies to God and let them be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? (Romans 12:1). Satan knows that God consider our bodies His temple and therefore, God wants us to keep our bodies holy, healthy, and honoring to Him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Scripture says keeping our bodies holy is our “spiritual act of worship”. So, because our bodies are holy to God, Satan would love to have us harm them, mutilate them, starve them, and destroy them with substances. Don’t let him in. Not in how you dress, not in how you see yourself, and not in how you treat yourself. Ask God for a healthy body image and a desire to protect your body so you can serve Him on this earth in it for as long as possible. So, what’s the strategy now that you know the areas where Satan wants to enter your life? God gives us a great defense through Paul’s instructions to the saints. I find it interesting that every piece of armor described refers to the character of Christ. In other words, put on Christ likeness. Abide in Christ, clothed in His character and righteousness, and you will fend off the attacks of the enemy. Being able to face the adversities of the spiritual attacks you are faced with daily, not only does it prepare you for the Victory, but also gives you strength to draw closer and closer to Christ. Stay on the battlefield when you are experiencing spiritual attacks because God is always by your side. Trust and believe that He will never leave your side. Continue to stand firm on the word of God and let God fight your battles for you! Struggles are made to define you, not break you!!!!

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