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5 Ways Satan Tries to Attack You

when satan attacks

Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of your life so he can gain a stronghold. He’ll try anything to throw you off center, distract you from your focus, and render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God.

And I believe that there are common areas he attacks – not just in women, but in any of us. As long as we’re aware of his strategies, we can be on guard to keep him out of his targeted entry points.

These are the five areas of your life Satan wants to enter:

1. Your heart – so it’s not God’s alone.  

There’s a reason God’s Word tells us: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).

Satan knows he has an entry point into your life if God is not first in our hearts. God’s first commandment, set forth under the Old Covenant, was: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

And Jesus restated that under the New Covenant when He was asked what is the greatest commandment and responded by saying “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’…” (Luke 10:27).

Satan’s greatest desire is to prevent you from giving God all of your heart so he will constantly dangle people, things, and desires in front of you – anything to distract you so he can erect a false god in front of you that you don’t even realize you have. He will try to lure you with a false god like your career, a spouse or love interest, a dream or goal, a hobby or lifestyle.

I know many women whose first love is their bodies, so they spend more time in the gym working out than letting God work within. It’s a subtle way of starting to love other things more than God. Some of us love food, money, recreation, our children, a substance, or a “feeling” (like being in love, or feeling energetic) more than God, Himself. Guard your heart by keeping Christ on the throne of your life so Satan doesn’t try to sneak anything else in there.

2. Your worries – to make you doubt God’s love and provision.

Satan wants you stressing, because then you’re not resting in God’s ability to care for you. Women tend to stress over the temporal – bills that must be paid, whether or not a man will come into our lives, if we’ll be able to have a child, what someone is saying about us, how our body looks, and so on. Men tend to stress about their jobs, providing for their families, and whether or not they are “making the cut” in several areas of life. Then there’s health concerns, fears about our aging parents, and other situations that can crowd out God’s peace in our lives and even cause us to begin to blame God for our circumstances. Don’t let Satan in this door through his tantalizing “what if?” questions and the doubts he weaves through your mind.

God instructs us in Philippians 4:6-7 to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” .

Keep praying about your concerns and keep thanking God ahead of time for what He’s about to do, so Satan doesn’t get a stronghold in your mind through your worries and fears.

3. Your everyday thinking – so you’re just like the world.  

It’s amazing how many people profess to know God and follow Him, yet their thinking patterns are just like those of anyone else in the world. Satan loves that. He wants you to be so absorbed with the ways of the world that you are clueless about what God’s Word says. He will do this through subtle messages in music lyrics, statements from your favorite celebrity, and words of advice from friends (even friends of yours who are believers, but are quoting “verses” that are not in the Bible).

Scripture commands us: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is” (Romans 12:2).

Furthermore, God’s Word instructs: “fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise… and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).

But Satan would rather have us in mental anguish by listening to the world, rather than the word of God. Guard your everyday thinking by soaking it in Scripture. It’s the only way to keep Satan and his worldly philosophies from entering in.

4. Your speech – so you tear others apart.  

God wants us to be holy mouthpieces for Him – people who heal and help with our 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 instructions 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.

5. Our Bodies  — so they no longer glorify God.     

Why is it that when people get depressed they overeat or drink excessively or turn to substances? Why is it that young girls will 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 your bodies to God. 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 considers 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” (Romans 12:1).

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. 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 your 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 in Ephesians 6:11-18: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…”

I find it interesting that every piece of “armor” described in that passage refers to the character of Christ. In other words, put on Christ-likeness. Abide in Christ, be clothed in His character and righteousness, and you will fend off the attacks of the enemy.

168 Comments

168 Comments

  1. Tonya Williams

    June 2, 2017 at 3:48 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

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    June 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm

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    June 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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  5. Cheryl Swanton Majors

    June 1, 2017 at 11:43 am

    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. AMEN.

  6. Angeline Ho

    June 1, 2017 at 8:50 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 7:03 am

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  9. Terry Daley

    June 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Glory be to God thank you Jesus Amen

  10. Daisy Butler

    June 1, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I totally agree

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    June 1, 2017 at 4:38 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 3:43 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Pleasing and perfect his way is

  14. Denesha Hansen

    June 1, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Jeneen A. Guzman saw this and thought of your post the other day. Can you share this page with her? I am praying for her…

    • Jeneen A. Guzman

      June 1, 2017 at 3:56 am

      Yes I will! Thanks for thinking of her ! Girl your mind is the most powerful asset

  15. Britney Lout

    June 1, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Stacy Jo Anderson THIS!!!! ❤️❤️

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:52 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:51 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:27 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Suzzen Jefferson Stroman if this ain’t the truth!

    • Suzzen Jefferson Stroman

      June 1, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Amen sister!!! He wants to distract you… that’s all he got!!! Stay on post ma’am!!! I’m standing with you!!!

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:14 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 12:15 am

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    June 1, 2017 at 12:05 am

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    May 31, 2017 at 11:22 pm

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  26. Matte Butler

    May 31, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    All praise to God

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    May 31, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Seth Randall Stephens this is very well said

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    May 31, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Amen. That’s right.

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    May 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Amen this is powerful

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    May 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    The devil is a big liar

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    May 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm

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    May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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  33. Winnie Calvert

    May 31, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Amen and amen praise the Lord

  34. Frances Jones

    May 31, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Satan get behind me.

  35. Liëtte Janse Van Rensburg

    May 31, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I feel it! …..and I will NOT fall for it!!!

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    May 31, 2017 at 7:12 pm

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  37. Sonya Alexander

    May 31, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you JESUS and for those sharing this, I needed this right now.

  38. Robin Crane Robinson

    May 31, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Amen!!

  39. Garmei Kennedy

    May 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    They shall never win

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    May 31, 2017 at 6:23 pm

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    May 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

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    April 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

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    April 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Yes! He can’t and I have confidence in that

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    April 8, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Shannon

  45. Christine Monageng

    April 8, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Amen!

  46. Usha Babita

    April 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Amen

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    April 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

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    April 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Amen

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    April 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

    That’s right

  50. Sandye Cole

    April 8, 2017 at 7:17 am

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    April 8, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Amen.

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    April 8, 2017 at 3:34 am

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    April 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    True, its safe and secured in His hands!

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    April 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Amen

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    April 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Amen

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    April 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm

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    April 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

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    April 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm

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    April 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

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    April 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Amen

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    April 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

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    March 25, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Yes amen

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    March 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm

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    March 24, 2017 at 4:51 am

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    March 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Oh trust me it’s way more than 5ways

  66. Sherry Fonda

    March 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I know the word yet I slowly get distracted then off track… I’m so glad He doesn’t leave me lost

  67. Ndondo Trusty Maphanga

    March 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    The devil is a thief!He is out to steal, destroy and kill us so we dnt recognise God. It’s amazing how God just sets us free and gives us angels to write about such reminders of how Mighty&Powerful He is. Thank you, bless you.

  68. Hollie Woodson

    March 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    This is true but staying faithful with stop him in his tracks

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    March 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Samara Larocque and there you have it…

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    March 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    So true…

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    March 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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    March 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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    March 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Never give up praying

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    March 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

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    March 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

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    March 23, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Satan is the father of lies don’t listen to him

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    March 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Satan you don’t have a space in my life and my family I condemn you in Jesus name get out……

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    March 23, 2017 at 8:09 am

    God help us

  80. Bec Gibson

    March 23, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Wow Jenny & Pete. Look what popped up for me to read

    • Jenny Williams

      March 23, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Just what we have been discussing lately Bec! This has to be confirmation! 😊

    • Bec Gibson

      March 23, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Oh it sure is!!! He has been showing me many signs.

  81. Sonya Alexander

    March 23, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Amen thank you Jesus

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    March 23, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Amen, amazing how God has been guiding me exactly this way since last weekend. Thank you Father God.

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    March 23, 2017 at 6:29 am

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    March 23, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Amen

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    March 23, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Amen in Jesus name

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    March 23, 2017 at 5:15 am

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    March 23, 2017 at 1:29 am

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  93. Donnie Gray

    March 23, 2017 at 1:00 am

    My drar Sister in our Shekinah Glory Omnipotent Majesty’s name Christ Jesus PRINCE OF PEACE GLORIOUS MAJESTY NAME AMEN GB
    Lucifer has way more than 5 thing’s too “try” to Destroy God’s beautiful children around the world.
    Remember be not too be afraid of Satan,or shall we call him Baal or Belezebab or Whom he TRULY is the PRINCE OF DARKNESS THE DEVIL.HE NEVER STOP IT IS WHAT HE IS DEATH.
    THATS WHY WE MUST PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, WITH DEILIGENCE AND K.NOW YOUR PLACE ; THE LORD WILL ALWAYS BE ON YOUR SIDE .PERSEVERANCE IS VIRTUE AND HEAVENLY BLISS.HANG IN THERE, AND NEVER LET NOTHING STOP YOU DOING THE LORD’S WORK.GBU ALL IN OUR SHEKINAH GLORY OMNIPOTENT MAJESTY’S NAME JESUS OUR PRINCE OF PEACE BLESS YOU ALL IN CHRIST JESUS NAME GLORY ALLELUIAS ABBA ABBAS RABBIYESUAH GRACIAS MIGHTY JEHOVAH HOLYOKE AHBOISIAH HAMASIAH MESSIAH AHBOISIAH ALLELUIAS AMEN PEACE BE STILL GB AMEN AMEN PEACE BE UPON YOU ALL AMEN GB

  94. Nora Philcrispuni

    March 23, 2017 at 12:53 am

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    March 23, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Kevin Clarke II

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    March 23, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Jaycelyn !!!!

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    March 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Angel Paige Smith

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    March 22, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    ❤ Brittany Nicole Budrow

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    March 22, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Latonda Collins

  100. LeYa NegriTa

    March 22, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Allan Cantonjos Gonzales
    Satan works. But never defeat Jesus!

  101. Deborah Harris Smith

    March 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Amen!! So true

  102. Jan Propst

    March 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    yes. I agree with this.

  103. Alice Davis

    March 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Get behind me Satan, Gods got me!!!

  104. Dee Young

    March 22, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    AMEN!! SO TRUE

  105. Vanessa Metcher

    March 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Kylie Saboune love this!

  106. Vickie Moss

    March 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Love this message.

  107. Ogbebor Taye Afolabi

    March 22, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Wow

  108. Canedria Hall

    March 22, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Klarissa Bynum Albritton this made me think of you.. It talked about “your speech” !! Satan is trying to get me, lol ! #iRebukeThee

  109. Peter Mokabai

    March 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I’m covered

  110. Heidi Shmydee Beckham

    March 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Lauren Lewis

  111. Olive Ahamzie

    March 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This is true
    Watch and pray

  112. Mercy Steven

    March 22, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Soma hii Steven Arsenal

  113. LaVerne Richardson

    March 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I Rebuke You , Devil In The Mighty Name Of Jesus , Amen…..

  114. Dianna Pluto

    March 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Not today Satan!!!! Not today!

  115. Melinda Masangu

    March 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    The mind is the greatest battlefield. I came under sooo much attack while I was going through unemployment and isolated. I think the devil saw this as a prime opportunity to destroy me and my family. It’s just a shame that I didn’t see it that way. Now I have to pray daily for restoration. Sad. Guard your MIND above all else cause he can get to your heart that way too.

  116. Irene Ababio Dankwa

    March 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Yesooo

  117. Wint Georgian

    March 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Amen so true but I will break free

  118. Sharon Hilliard

    March 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Back off devil…you have no place here.

  119. Bee Lee

    March 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    YEP

  120. Priyansha Sharma

    March 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Reetika Raj Ayush Sharma Karishma Kaur

  121. Charity Maina

    March 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Very true.

  122. Marie Williamson Bloch

    March 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm

  123. David Ofosu-Appiah

    March 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    So true

  124. Judi Klaus

    March 22, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Currently going thru that

  125. Sandy Arnold

    March 22, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Keep my mind line up with God’s word Jesus.

  126. Laci Demster

    March 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Alli Pace

  127. Abbi Lance

    March 22, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    He tries to attack your mind

  128. Adebayo Ifeoluwa

    March 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    This is a wonderful piece. I feel blessed

  129. Eva Yuniah

    March 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    True blood of jesus is powerful

  130. Maitemogelo Maepa

    March 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    With God’s power satan won’t succeed

  131. Vickie Tillman

    March 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Praise God for the Word!

  132. Sbongile Yawa-Raleababa

    March 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    He is trying BUT Im protected by the blood of My Jesus.

  133. Priscilla Mueller

    March 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Darlene. This is an awesome read❤

  134. Alexis Duff

    March 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Lawrence Duff

  135. Christine Gregory

    March 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Halea Honey Dipped Clark

  136. Felicia Hulin

    March 22, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Just talked about this in Bible study today-wow!!!!

  137. Michell Fang

    March 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Evangeline Veronica Ryder

  138. Chantel Ruiters

    March 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    That’s the truth

  139. Brina Doc

    March 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Good Advice

  140. Reitumetse Tummie Maleka

    March 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Lord be near me always.protect me against the devil..and give me strength to hold on to your promises Amen

  141. Lebiya Motsei

    March 22, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Lebogang Maud this is a must read……

  142. Brook Henderson

    March 22, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Kristen Kostun

  143. Frances Jones

    March 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Not today SATAN get behind me.

  144. Lebohang Motleleng

    March 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Spot on

  145. Francie Foley

    March 22, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    This is very helpful.

  146. Denise Kearse

    March 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Yes he will

  147. ULi Munthe

    March 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    All about lies, since he the father of lies.

  148. Shawna Hamm-Semsroth

    March 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Amen been there and u have 2 tell him he dont belong

  149. Chenai Tsorayi

    September 23, 2016 at 2:24 am

    deeply blessed by this article thank you for taking the time to do this.

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