Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of your life so he can gain a stronghold. He’ll try anything to throw you off center, distract you from your focus, and render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God.
And I believe, that there are common areas he attacks – not just in women, but in any of us. As long as we’re aware of his strategies, we can be on guard to keep him out of his targeted entry points.
These are 10 areas of your life Satan wants to attack:
Area #1- Attacks Your Passion
The devil seeks to dim your whole desire for prayer, to dull your whole interest in spiritual things, and downplay the potency of your most strategic weapons.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. -Ephesians 6:10-20
Area #2-Attacks Your Focus
He will disguise himself and manipulate your perspective so you end up focusing on th wrong culprit, directing your weapons ar the wrong enemy.
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. -II Corinthians 11:14
Area #3- Attacks Your Identity
He magnifies your insecurities, leading you to doubt what God says about you and to disregard what He’s given you.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength. -Ephesians 1:17-19
Area #4- Attacks Your Family
He wants to disintegrate your family, dividing your home, rendering it chaotic, restless, and unfruitful.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. -Genesis 3:1-7
Area #5- Attacks Your Confidence
He constantly reminds you of your past mistakes and bad choices, hoping to convince you that you’re under God’s judgment rather than under the blood.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down. -Revelation 12:10
Area #6- Attacks Your Calling
He amplifies fear, worry, and anxiety until they’re the loudest voices in your head, casting you to deem the adventure of following God to risky to attempt.
But my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. -Joshua 14:8
Area #7-Attacks Your Purity
He tries to tempt you toward certain sins, convincing you that you can tolerate them without risking consequence, knowing they’ll only wedge distance between you and God.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear. -Isaiah 59:1-2
Area #8- Attacks Your Rest
He hopes to overload your life and schedule, pressuring you to constantly push beyond your limits, never feeling permission to say no.
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day. -Deuteronomy 5:15
Area #9- Attack Your Heart
He uses every opportunity to keep old wounds fresh in mind, knowing that anger, hurt, bitterness, and unforgiveness will continue to roll the damage forward.
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.-Hebrews 12:15
Area #10-Attacks Your Friends
He creates disruption and disunity within your circle of friends and within the shared community of the body of Christ.
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.-1 Timothy 2:8
The best strategy:
So what’s your strategy now that you know the areas where Satan wants to attack in your life? God gives us a great defense through Paul’s instructions to the saints in Ephesians 6:11-18: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…” I find it interesting that every piece of “armor” described in that passage refers to the character of Christ. (See Cindi McMenamin article “Are You a Warrior Woman or a Wounded One?”) In other words, put on Christ-likeness. Abide in Christ, be clothed in His character and righteousness, and you will fend off the attacks of the enemy.