HOW TO RESPOND TO THE ENEMY!

In today’s society, we always hear about ‘our enemies’… and we see these ‘enemies’ as anyone who attempts to get in our way, tries to discourage us, or steals our joy.

In fact, so much energy is focused on our ‘enemies’… we have a national term for them.  HATERS!  It’s gotten to the point where everybody on the face of the earth has HATERS!

With that said, it’s true that there are people out there who do not hold our best interest at heart, and they should be avoided, however…

MOST OF US ARE DEFEATED BECAUSE

WE PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE WRONG ENEMY!

The truth is… while we are busy bragging about how we’re not letting our physical enemies steal our joy, we’re being beaten down daily by our spiritual enemies!

There are 5 spiritual enemies that will destroy you from within.

1.  TEMPTATION

2.  DISTRACTIONS

3.  FEAR

4.  DOUBT

5.  ANGER

Although these enemies are common knowledge… we still find it difficult to respond successfully when they attack us, because they attack us emotionally.  Believe it or not, these enemies come at us everyday… whether we know it or not.

So how do we respond to our spiritual enemies?

1.  WE MUST FIRST RECOGNIZE THEM.

This is number 1… because this is the most important.  If you can’t recognize your enemies, then you have no chance!  If you can’t recognize when you’re being tempted, or when something is distracting you from your purpose, or when you’re afraid and you begin to doubt yourself, or when you get angry when things don’t go your way… then you’ll never enjoy happiness, peace, and success.

2.  SELF-CONTROL.

Now just because we recognize them, doesn’t mean that we’re automatically going to be immune to them.  We’re human beings, and the hardest thing to do is not react negatively when the enemy attacks.  Remember… none of us are perfect, so these spiritual enemies will throw us off track.  But we must use our self-control to get right back on track.

3.  KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

Some people will get thrown off track… and stay there for years!  Don’t be one of those people.  Recognize the enemies, control yourself after they attack, and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!  Because just like physical enemies… our spiritual enemies’ aim is to get in our way, to try and discourage us, and steal our joy.  And they will cause far greater damage than some so-called hater.  But most importantly, all five of them constantly work together to keep us from our purpose.  So no matter what happens…

DON’T EVER LET THE ENEMY ATTACK YOU WITHOUT RESPONDING APPROPRIATELY!

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