Rule #2: “exploit an enemy’s weakness, while nullifying his strength.”
When I was on my first mission trip in Haiti, I can remember experiencing the greatest amount of spiritual warfare I had ever encountered before. It was as though my entire head were under attack, destructive thoughts ran rampant through my brain, threatening to destroy all self-confidence I had and the assurance I felt in my calling.
I was still a baby in Christ at this point, and while I had experienced my fair share of trials, this was something to do with my destiny and the enemy was not having any of it. He told me I had no business being there. I was a failure and a phony. The kids there all hated me. Everyone else was better qualified than me. I would never amount to anything.
The devil was doing all in his power to exploit areas in my life where I felt weak and insecure. He knew where my armor was weak and what arrows to shoot to pierce my flesh.
I can remember after the initial episode feeling this overwhelming sense of anger. One of the older women on the trip came and prayed over me while I lay on my bed. I couldn’t even look at her I was so vehement.
Satan hadn’t only exposed my weakness, but he’d also managed to neutralize my strength — faith in the Lord. I was immobilized by rage at my supposed inadequacies and false belief that God had abandoned me.
2 Corinthians 12:10 reads, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
As I’ve grown in the Lord, I realize that my weaknesses are just open space for God to move in my life. Now I know they don’t disqualify me because regardless of how I feel, I know God has appointed me. Instead of allowing the enemy to point out your faults/shortcomings, ask God to reveal what areas of your life He would have you work on. Together, you can strengthen those areas and move forward. God’s guidance is constructive, while the enemy’s words are critical and harsh.
If your enemy comes against you, begin to exploit his weaknesses by reminding him who your Father is! As a Christ-follower, you are a co-heir with Jesus, a child of the Most High, a sheep of the Great Shepherd’s flock. Your strength is found in the Holy Spirit, your hope in the Holy One. The devil has no power over you other than that which you allow him to influence. If you put on the armor of God and stand firm in the faith, Satan has to flee! (Ephesians 6:10-18 & James 4:7)