In my last post, I talked about resisting Satan and “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). The next day I was reading Daniel 7 and came across this verse:
“”He [Satan] will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.” (verse 25).
Wear down! Wear out! The New Living Translation gives the wording “oppress.” Do you sometimes feel like your Enemy is trying to wear you down? It really does feel like “oppression.” It’s like a heavy cloud in our spirits that won’t go away. And in all honesty, sometimes when I resist Satan he doesn’t give up. He keeps sending those flaming missiles, hoping I’ll get worn down.
How does Satan try to wear us down? A few ways I thought of:
1. Discourages us when we don’t reach perfection–and we feel like we should.
2. He keeps bringing the same temptations to us over and over again, especially when we thought we had conquered a particular challenge.
3. Satan returns again and again through trying to tempt us in a variety of ways. If we only expect him to knock at the front door, we won’t recognize him at the back door.
How is Satan currently trying to wear you down? Wear you out? Oppress you? Praise the Lord, Satan cannot inhabit you. The bad news is he can attack you from the outside.
Don’t give up. Keep resisting him. He will have to flee. He may try another door but stand against him. He is a defeated foe and will not win. Claim your rights as a Princess and Prince–children of the King.