Annie Keaney on Five Subtle Ways the Devil Tries to Destroy Your Relationship With God and How You Can Fight Back

I hope the reason you’re reading this article is because you value your faith, not because you are in a season of questioning. But if you are questioning, know you are not alone. While God is working on perfecting your faith, the enemy will stop at nothing to destroy your faith. Because the destruction of your faith means disconnection from the Father. The Bible refers to Satan as a lion prowling around seeking someone to devour. It also tells us Satan has three main goals: to steal, kill and destroy. He is prowling around your life seeking to destroy your marriage, your children and your identity, and ultimately your relationship with God.

In order to accomplish this destruction in our lives, the enemy uses the art of subtly. He begins with tiny chips at the foundation of our faith and trust in God. Here are some methods he likes to use:

1. Unmet expectations

Have you ever asked the Father for something and heard “no” or nothing at all, time after time? As the silence grows so does the disappointment in your heart. You soon become offended by His seeming lack of involvement. Your disappointment turns to indifference, you begin to withdraw from the Father and you find yourself doubting if God really is who He says He is.

2. Pride

We take the gifts God has given: the new promotion, the doctorate, the new house, the athletic ability, our looks, and we begin to rely on the gifts, not the gift giver. This pride in our own accomplishments and things pushes God out of the picture. We no longer look to Him for help or seek His presence and our faith is slowly diminished.

3. Choices/free will

Each day we are presented with options. Go to church or sleep in? Read my Bible or watch Netflix? Forgive my enemy or hate them? Obey the Scriptures or do what I think is best? Our choices determine the direction of our lives. Even small decisions to ignore what we know we should be doing can add up to BIG consequences. Each choice we make either strengthen our faith or slowly destroys it.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Annie Keaney