Stand Strong When the Devil Strikes
Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind. Deuteronomy 25:17-18 (NIV)
As the Israelites journeyed to their promised land, the Amalekites struck them. Be aware, Saint, that the devil will attack you when you are about to experience a breakthrough or a new spiritual level. He does not want you to have the blessing of your commitment to Christ; in fact, it threatens him. He neither wants Jesus to enjoy His inheritance in you, so he seeks to destroy it. Though the devil seeks to devour you, that doesn’t mean he will. Remain conscious of the various ways Satan works and be on guard to your circumstances and to yourself.
When you are emotionally weary, you allow evil to pounce. Refresh your soul with praise and strengthen yourself in the Word and in prayer. The Lord gives His beloved sleep, so make sure you’re getting enough of it. Retire and recharge your body with eight hours of rest. Eight is the number of new beginnings, so you have a fresh start to your day when you rise.
Don’t make a mistake as some Israelites did and lollygag toward your maturity in Christ. Desire to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, for without it, you cannot navigate the twists and turns of this life. Stay in the thick of things in your faith community by being a vital part of it. The Body of Christ is where you grow. A consistent, intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit will keep you in fellowship with both God and man. Never isolate yourself spiritually lest you find yourself desolate.
Satan is a persistent foe; though he leaves you, he will come again. The devil tested Jesus sorely and faced defeat each time. He left him until an opportune moment emerged. It is the same with us, saints. Always stay prepared!