I wasn’t sure if I agreed with that, so I thought about it.
Others have said that lies or deception are his main strategy, so I considered those too.
I finally drew a conclusion: While I believe that pressure, lies, and deception are part of the enemy’s tactics, one strategy overrides them all.
It is the same strategy used to deceive Eve in the Garden of Eden. He has been using it on mankind ever since.
Many people are under the influence of this strategy. The enemy controls them like puppets on a string.
If you do not get wise to this strategy, you too will become a victim of it.
This is essential knowledge to have if you want everything the Lord has for you this year.
What is this weapon? The fear of loss.
If you are hesitant about doing what is good and what the Lord has told you to do, then check if the fear of loss is controlling your decision.
Fears of loss include:
- Fear of losing love
- Fear of losing a relationship
- Fear of losing respect
- Fear of losing control
- Fear of losing comfort
- Fear of losing health
- Fear of losing money
- Fear of losing our image before others
- Fear of losing people’s approval or affirmation
Fear of deprivation, worry, and anxiety are also forms of fear of loss.
The fear of loss even deceived the first woman, Eve. God had told her husband Adam not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, for if he did, he would surely die.
First, the enemy got her to question what God said. Then he lied about what God said (see Genesis 3:6-7).
The war was on. Eve started occupying her mind with what the enemy told her rather than remaining focused on what God said.
The first sin mankind committed was unbelief in God’s word. Eve believed that eating from the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” was something good that she was missing out on, which is fearing loss.
By playing upon your fear of loss, the enemy’s ultimate lie is that you will not be able to live without the thing you fear losing.
But you have to remember that the Lord is with you. His wisdom is available to you. He will comfort you, even in the midst of loss. He has already gone before you, so you do not need to fear:
“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8).”
Not only that, but He lives and works within you:
for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).”
The ultimate fear of loss is fearing death. When I said that the enemy lies and makes you think you will not be able to live without the thing you fear losing, he is tapping into mankind’s fear of death.
But you do not have to fear even death if Jesus Christ is your personal Savior. You have eternal life in Him.
He came to set you free from all fears on this Earth, even death:
…that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:14-15).”
If fear of loss has you in bondage to any addiction or destructive habit, then ask yourself, “What am I afraid I will lose if I don’t do this?”
Ask the Lord for revelation in this. Find a word from the Lord to plant in your heart, believe it, and practice it daily.
His perfect love casts out all fears when you believe Him.
The enemy wants you to occupy your mind with fear, cares, and worries so that you lose focus on what the Lord has for you. Not only that, but these things choke God’s word within you so that it becomes unfruitful (see Matthew 13:22).
You must protect God’s word within you at all costs!
So put your mind to work reading, meditating upon, listening to, and practicing God’s word. When the cares and fears come knocking, don’t even go there. Send Jesus to answer the door.
Like a gardener, commit to protecting God’s word within you so that it bears Spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to glorify Him (Galatians 5:22-23 and John 15:8).
When you are occupied with God’s love and solidified in God’s word, then the fear of loss will no longer have a hold on you.
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?
I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald
The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.
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