If you keep struggling with the feeling of discouragement, this might be a sign that you are experiencing spiritual warfare. Everyone is faced with challenges or struggles at some point in their lives. Sometimes we tend to blame our friends, relatives or parents when it might be the devil is trying to bring us down.
If you keep feeling defeated despite making efforts to make things work, this might be a sign that the enemy is after you. Below are 5 signs the enemy is after you;
1. You Are Growing Arrogant
Arrogance can creep in so easily among anybody. There are two primary ways Christians succumb to arrogance: success, and by using a common but false definition of ‘maturity.’ The most difficult test of character is not failure. It’s success. Here’s why. It’s pretty easy to be humble when you’re failing. It’s just far too easy to take all the credit when things go well. As a result, leaders of growing churches and ministries almost always have a daily fight with arrogance. Or at least hopefully there’s a fight. Because if there isn’t, arrogance will win. Every time.
2. Always Telling Lies
If you are always telling lies, the devil is using you to weaken your own life and that of others. This will later make you feel guilty when the truth comes out. Try as much as you can to avoid lies and also falling into other temptations.
3. You Are Starting to Blur Moral Lines
Occasionally leaders move from relatively deep obedience to an extraordinary moral breach overnight, but usually, it’s far more subtle than that. As C.S. Lewis says in the Screwtape Letters, “the safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” So how does this happen?
Often it happens when you start to compromise on the small things. Maybe you take a few deductions you shouldn’t on your taxes. Or you don’t report some side income. Or you get a little too close emotionally to someone you’re not married to. Sure… nothing happened. But deep down you know something is happening in your heart. Or maybe you just shade the truth a little in conversations to make yourself or the situation look better than they really do. The first moral lapse is always the hardest. Then it gets easier from there.
You may be asking God for more in your life or leadership, but whenever you ask God for more, he usually asks you what you’re doing with what he’s already given you. If you’re not faithful in the little things, you won’t be faithful in the bigger things. Obedience may seem boring or inconvenient in the short-term, but it’s richly and deeply satisfying in the long term. If you refuse to compromise now, it becomes much easier to resist compromise in the future.
4. Feeling Divisive
If you notice yourself being against most of the issues in life which are in line with your Christian life, this is a sign the enemy is using you. These can be feeling jealousy, envy or hatred. This is a sign you don’t wish others good which is what the devil thrives in.
5. You Are Discouraged
Feeling discouraged is normal but the consistent feeling of discouragement after trying all ways possible to avoid the feeling is a sign of spiritual warfare. One of the enemy’s favorite weapons is discouragement. The best antidote to a lie is the truth. So ground yourself in the truth. And also in the truth about yourself. If you’re discouraged, just remember, God is not yet done with you.