Do you ever find yourself in a blah mood at times? I know I have, and it would take a while for me to get out of it. Then I came across what is known as the deadly D´s. These subtle attacks are ways in which the enemy distracts us. Perhaps you have heard of some, maybe not.
There is a warning to heed: If we believe or fall for any of these, it will cause us to waver in our authority in Christ and get us off track.
I have a confession to make. I fell prey to many of these symptoms until I began to identify them and only then I was able to put a stop to it.
Below are a few of the deadly D´s you may have heard about already.
Divides your attention and prevents concentration. You begin to look at what others have, instead of what the Lord has placed inside you, you lose your focus. When you are distracted, it causes an interruption. You are pulled in different directions.
Solution- purpose in your heart to focus, and have a heart of gratitude towards the Lord.
Lack of harmony, disagreement, strife, fighting with family, friends, co-workers and even your pastor and church leaders.
Solution- Choose not to participate.
We become discouraged when we focus on what is not happening. It will cause us to be ungrateful and hopeless. It will keep us in misunderstanding and we lose communication. We do not come to the unity of the faith, and it keeps us divided.
Solution- Give thanks for what you do have.
The enemy does not like it when the body of Christ comes into agreement. Where two or three are gathered together in His name, Jesus is there in the midst of it all.
Solution- Just think what will happen when believers come together to pray and do warfare, we win the battle!
Despair causes one to lose hope and give up and may lead to depression. Our God-given call can take a detour. Don´t fall for the enemy’s scheme to place upon you unrealistic expectations and disappointments. It is vital to ask for vision during prayer, to be encouraged and continue in your calling. Vision is a powerful tool. Ask for it, and see what God will do for you.
Solution- call on friends and those you trust to pray for you and ask for a clear direction while in prayer.
This destroys the persons’ morale, throws you into confusion and deprives you of your courage. When this happens, you stop everything, there is no purpose.
Solution-Lift your eyes to the Lord, ask for a clear and fresh perspective.
You hesitate to believe and are uncertain. You doubt God has called you and has placed unique gifting’s inside of you. You can begin to question God´s ability to answer prayer in your life.
Solution- hand over your doubt to Jesus, and ask Him to replace it with faith.
Disappointments come from unmet expectations. These could be expectations of what we believe God should do for us or expectations we have of our spouse, church, children, Christian leaders or even of ourselves.
Hebrews 12:15 warns, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
Solution – For that reason, we should immediately forgive, release and apply the grace of God to our lives.
The inability to believe or accept something as true, also doubt. We doubt what God has placed in us, or even in others and lose out on the blessing.
Solution-place your trust and confidence in the Lord, and not in man.
Deception is very easy to fall into. It is an act of making someone believe something that is not true. This could be about yourself, your calling and integrity of God. Deception is misleading.
Solution- go to others that you trust and ask for prayer, be honest and vulnerable!
Here is where we stop seeing the positive in our lives and become negative. You have a lack of satisfaction with your accomplishments, status and even the spiritual gifts placed inside of you. Everything around you is in darkness.
Solution-choose to be content with what you have.
When we become disillusioned, we may want to drop out of a marriage or a ministry or a commitment the Lord has called us into. We can become cynical and lose sight of the vision, which is exactly what the enemy wants us to do. We can´t give him the satisfaction of seeing his wishes fulfilled in our lives.
Solution-perhaps you need a break or some time out, that is perfectly fine. I need to do this from time to time. When I do have a chance to get away, I come to the Lord in prayer and ask him to hit the refresh button!
All of these deadly “D´s” keep us under a spell to self-destruct, to thwart God´s plan and purpose for our lives. Don´t give him the pleasure of winning, instead, take control and continue steadfast in your calling.