When the Devil Comes for You

Last week I shared these words over at Katie Reid’s place: The enemy will always amplify our insecurity, but he can never steal our victory.

Turns out, that enemy decided to give my victory a run for its money.

In the weeks leading up to those words being published and in the days after, I sensed a battle waging. My resolve was weak. My purpose seemed distant. With a long weekend ahead, my intent was to lock myself away and lay down some long-awaited words. But, the very sight of my laptop caused anxiety to swell in my heart.

I questioned my calling, my ability, and the value of the work. When my passion for words transforms into a thorn in my side, I know there is something much bigger at work.

“Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8 NASB

Our enemy delights in waging war on our best laid intentions. When we purpose to magnify God, the devil plans to poke holes in our resolve. The king of lies is deceitful, crafty, and entirely willing to wage war against our hope and stay. Nothing is off-limits where he is concerned. If he can’t reach us, he’ll tactically assault our husbands, our children, and all we hold dear in order to wreak havoc around us. The devil is very real.

But God is greater.

“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen
those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT

Often my gut reaction in my weary state is to roll over and give up. It feels easier than the fight. But I’ve learned that what Satan wants us to surrender is often what God is calling us to pursue. It quickly became evident that my own resources were not sufficient for my weakness.

So how do we access the strength that seems to elude us when the devil comes calling?

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  • Relinquish the burden and receive grace:

With my goals for a productive weekend dashed, I felt like a failure. The enemy’s tactic is to assault us with guilt for being too weary to overcome. God offers to relieve us of that weight and exchange our strength for His. More so, His grace covers the guilt. There is no better place to lay down our burden than at the feet of Jesus. (←Tweet that!)

  • Refuel with promise and disregard the devil:

We have every day, moment to moment, all-access to God, but sometimes we need to storm the gates of His throne room. We can’t be afraid to cast (to throw with force) our cares on Him. Drain your heart of its anxiety and refuel with God’s promise. Exchange the devil’s lies for God’s truth. And then, tell Satan loud and clear to go straight to … where he came from.

  • Release your expectations:

Don’t expect magic. God isn’t a genie. He’s sovereign, and likely using this process to refine and strengthen our faith and dependence. Our purpose in pursuing God isn’t emotional experience, but renewing strength. I didn’t leave my time with God instantly productive. There was no illuminated scripture or even a definitive word. My desire was to simply re-connect my heart to His. God shows up when we go looking for Him. He always does. He always will. He did for me and He will for you.

  • Realize it’s a fight:

My pursuit of God in the midst of very real weariness wasn’t natural, it was purposeful. Nature would have me curl on my side (again) and take a nap. Purpose had me seek God out with intent. Sometimes we have to choose what our flesh would have us ignore. The enemy wants nothing more than to keep us down. We must fight for what the devil wants to steal and destroy—our dependence on God.

I once heard a pastor say that if the devil hasn’t come calling, you’re probably doing something wrong. It’s no coincidence that when our purpose and intent is to magnify God, the enemy will wage war. But the same truth I penned weeks ago, applies today:

The enemy will ALWAYS amplify our insecurity, but he can NEVER steal our victory.

If we’ve genuinely given our heart, soul, and life to Christ, it’s His forever. We may drift, run, or attempt to ignore that fact (p.s. Satan loves that!), but we belong to One who does not give up that which He calls His own. Jesus willingly died to guarantee our victory—and Satan simply can’t have us. (←Tweet that!)

#inHimican There is something beautiful about encouraging and being encouraged by the body of Christ. As you live, see, and create images and words that ignite your strength in Christ, join me on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #inHimican. Because in Christ we are more than conquerors!!

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday), and 3D Lessons for Life (#ThoughtProvokingThursday).


38 thoughts on “When the Devil Comes for You

  1. So practical wisdom for living in the real world. Thankfully, God is on our side! I also love your new hashtag! I love how you cheer others on in Christ. And I love your faithfulness to link up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  2. Tiffany, I relate to your blog in so many ways. The fight is exhausting; it’ seems easier to give in to the exhaustion than continue standing strong at times. God is so faithful to pursue us when our faith is shaky. As we lean into Him, we find new strength through His unlimited resources. Thank you for your transparency it is encouraging to me! #coffeeforyourheart

  3. Tiffany, you are speaking to my heart again, girl. This is exactly what I’ve been experiencing lately- the anxiety, the thoughts of “it will never happen.” I love this line: “Our purpose in pursuing God isn’t emotional experience, but renewing strength.” Amen! So often I let my emotions boss me around. No more! Thank you, thank you friend. Needed this beautiful message from your beautiful heart today.

    1. I’m so glad you found strength here, Abby. I think us “emotion rich” gals are particularly vulnerable to the devil because we wear those feelings on our sleeve and he has no problem knowing just wear to assault us. When I starting feeling weepy, weary, and whiny I need to be more conscious that the devil is going after my heart. I’ve taken to my knees this week and told Satan that he’s not stealing anymore time, energy, and emotion from me…in Jesus mighty name!! Fight strong, sister!! xoxo

  4. Hi, Tiffany :) I’m stopping by from Tell His Story. Love these fightin’ words! I had a similar experience myself last week when I posted about progress in marriage, and boy did the enemy give us a run for our money that weekend! I especially appreciate your last point – realize it’s a fight. A fight isn’t supposed to be easy. That thought helps me to persevere. :)
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

  5. Tiffany, this is solid meat here, sister. Tools to arm ourselves for spiritual warfare. I often forget that things like daily discouragement and doubt are spiritual warfare. (It’s not just the big stuff, it’s the little stuff too.) Just relinquishing our burden and receiving grace is such a weapon. Thanks for your encouragement here. Priceless.

    1. I often forget that too, Betsy…but when I can’t shake it and it starts to steal my joy, moreso when I start believing the lies, then I know satan is a prowling. I’ve gone to the mats with him and given him his walking papers!! So glad you were encouraged…we can never have enough reminders of grace, right! xo

  6. Satan fights so hard to get us to go his way, doesn’t He? I find this reminder so comforting – “Jesus willingly died to guarantee our victory—and Satan simply can’t have us.” God has us in His grip, and no one will ever be able to pluck us out of His hands. :) Thank you, Tiffany.

  7. “The devil is real…but God is greater.” #love
    So many of these words speak right to my heart. I’m right there in the thick of the struggle with you, wondering if my words matter…telling myself I don’t have it together…
    But God created us, and he didn’t say “It was OK…” He said we were “good.”
    I’m good, your good…we’re all good. God doesn’t create anything less than extraordinary, so it’s a bummer that we all talk to ourselves so negatively sometimes. Kudos to you for being faithful to illustrate how to fight back…and send the devil straight back to where he came from. Love that.
    Happy Wednesday!!!

    1. Preach it, sister!! We are more than enough in Christ. I know the struggle is real but I’m determined and making it mighty clear to the devil that he doesn’t get to steal my worth, my work, and especially not my writing. None of us have “it” together, but keep on fighting for that gift God has written over your life, Meg. It’s a “good” one for sure. Hugs!

  8. This whole post… so good. So timely for me as well… the enemy is so sly we can get blinded to his schemes. But God is always faithful, I’ve felt that so strongly these past few weeks. Great post!! I am going to share!! <3

    1. He really is a sneaky devil and I for one am tired of his tricks! Your right…I think a lot of us are under attack these days. But God…oh, He is our strong tower. So glad you enjoyed the post, Rachel.

    1. Me too, Anita…no more listening to his tired lies. He doesn’t get to steal what God has poured into us. You have a beautiful gift, friend. I pray you know how much you encourage us with your willingness to share Gods faithfulness through your journey. Hugs!

  9. I hear ya friend. So often we battle within the voice that says we aren’t enough yet God says in Him we are!
    I love the line you used here: what Satan wants us to surrender is often what God is calling us to pursue. I’m tacking this one on the board! So good and so true!
    Thank you! (Stopping by from #TellHisStory # 38)

  10. The enemy will amplify our insecurity but he cannot steal our victory”what do you mean.and am so glad l have a sister like you in Christ you’re encouraging me

    1. The devil loves to put the spotlight on our weakness and make us question our worth. But Christ gave His life for us, assuring us we are truly precious to Him. In and through Christ we have a greater hope–an eternal prize–and that is a very certain victory that the devil can never steal! (Romans 8:38)

  11. “what Satan wants us to surrender is often what God is calling us to pursue.” I like this! I know there are some days that I just want to give in but I know that if I draw near to God while pressing on, He is always faithful and I never have regretted the choice I had made. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Jennifer’s linkup right after you

  12. I am so sharing this Tiffany! I love the line of: “Satan wants us to surrender what God is calling us to pursue!” We must realize that Spiritual warfare is real but God has blessed us with the armor to be victorious! Thanks for sharing this thought provoking and much needed post. May God continue to grant you victory as you seek Him daily. Blessings to you and yours!

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