“Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you” (Psalm 91.7 NLT).
Mornings have been hard for me. It seems that the enemy loves to harass me right as I’m waking up. The devil is trying to rob me of my first waking moments, so he can spoil my entire day. After several weeks of being victim to his ploys, I finally learned to aggressively meditate on Scripture right when my eyes open.
I know that the enemy is just waiting to bombard my mind with doubts, fears and insecurities. He sees my faithfulness, and he wants nothing more than to shake my belief. If he can entangle my thoughts, my emotions and actions will fall prey.
It feels like the enemy has revved up his game, so I have really leaned into God and His Word. I instantly listen to Christian podcasts, play anointed music or grab my Bible and begin to read. The Spirit-filled words I listen to and read act like a balm covering my mind and heart. The enemy’s words lose their power as God’s Spirit embraces me with protection and authority.
It makes sense why King David sought God every morning. His enemies were always creeping around him, and he needed to refresh in God’s Word and Spirit to start his day in strength and peace.
“O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
Psalm 5.1-3 (NLT).
To me, it’s not about having enough time each morning to commune with God and read His Word. I have to spend time with Him. I have to read my Bible. I enjoy being with God because He is my “fortress and my deliverer” (Psalm 18.2). I need His peace and joy throughout my day; otherwise, I’ll be vulnerable and unable to protect myself against the enemy’s attacks.
Because I desire to live for God by seeking His will and sharing my faith, the enemy doesn’t like it. In fact, he hates it. The devil may not know exactly what I’m writing each day, but he sees God’s light shining from my words. And the Bible says that the devil is incessantly accusing me with anything he can get his hands on. To be sure, the more I write for God, the more the enemy attacks me.
Our enemy knows the end of the story, and he will be defeated by two things: the Blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony. When we begin to walk in the authority of Jesus Christ and start sharing our faith story with others, we will have a powerful hand in defeating the devil. As we begin to take ground for God’s Kingdom, the enemy will fight back, pulling out all the stops to bring us down.
We must not let him. We are not doing anything wrong when we find ourselves under spiritual attack. On the contrary, we are doing something right! That is why the enemy is trying to attack our minds first thing in the morning, so he can neutralize the threat early. Instead of falling victim to his accusations, we can go to God’s Word and listen to what the Holy Spirit wants to share with us. When we find our power in Christ, the enemy’s tactics will fall by the wayside.
“It has come at last—
salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters
has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.”
And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.”
Revelation 12.10-11 (NLT)