Deceive and Distract

Rule #13: “Induce the enemy to believe a blow is coming at one place, but actually deliver it at another.”

Something I remember quite vividly from high school was when someone would tap one of your shoulders and jump at you from the other. Our first instinct was to look at the shoulder that was touched, thus giving that person an opportunity to sneak away or scare you from the opposite side. The ultimate goal wasn’t to tap your shoulder but to distract you from their actual motive.

The enemy of our souls works in a very similar fashion. From thousands of years of practice, he knows better than to be obvious in his battle approaches. He has learned the art of stealth and deception, manipulation and maneuvering.

If he can get you focused on one thing, he will blindside you with another attack. If he can hang you up on the flat tire or the early morning argument with a family member, he will knock you out with the breakup or job loss. The enemy’s plan is to get you so focused on the little things that he can take you out with the larger things or the piling up of the smaller.

The more intent you are on problems, the less faith you have stored in the Father. When you are without faith, you are without a foundation. The house you have worked to build will come crumbling down without a stable structure to stand and grow on.

Sometimes, the enemy can even distract you with things that are good. A promotion, a new relationship, a grandchild, a project. When we become distracted by them to the point that they are the gods we ¬†worship, the enemy has an open opportunity to wipe you out from another direction. Something you would’ve felt in your spirit had you been more in tune with God.

I’m not saying we need to keep ourselves from these good things but rather that we be intentional in our walk with the Lord and that we keep on guard against the enemy.

James 1:16-17 warns us saying, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

Do not be deceived. Do not allow yourself to be blindsided by the enemy. Keep your eyes focused on God. Not on the person next to you, not on the pastor you listen to, not on the book you’re reading, not on the show you’re watching. No! Keep your focus set directly ahead on the Author and Finisher of our faith. The Holy Spirit will never lead you astray.

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