The Spiritual Warfare Strategy You Probably Were Never Taught

Rest can be a strong weapon in spiritual warfare against the enemy.
Rest can be a strong weapon in spiritual warfare against the enemy. (Flickr )

Satan hasn't only mastered the art of how to attack, but he's also mastered the art of knowing when to attack. Yes, he knows that the success of his attacks ultimately depend upon orchestrating them at just the right time.

When Satan Is Likely to Attack

What we can observe from the Bible, history and our own lives is that Satan isn't likely to take his best shots when we're strong and ready for him. That would be a waste of his time and energy. Rather, the enemy preys on people when their defenses are down.

Incredibly, this was part of his plan to take down Jesus. Notice that Jesus' famous temptation by the devil didn't happen in the first few days in the wilderness, but at the end. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, Matthew records that Jesus was famished (Matt. 4:1-2). Unsurprisingly, it was at this moment—when Jesus was at His weakest—that Satan came with his temptations.

Satan tries the same on us. And all too often, our lifestyles are to blame for his success. Let me explain.

How Exhaustion Leads to Attack

Many of us live a lifestyle of "burning the candle at both ends." That is, we exhaust ourselves by staying up late and getting up early in order to accomplish more, maybe in hopes that we'll gain more wealth, influence, favor, power or prestige. Whatever the reason, in actuality, living this way only makes us more susceptible to Satan's attacks because it goes against God's design.

The body is designed amazingly, but it's not a 100 percent efficient machine that can work without stopping. No, the body is designed to require rest. So much so that it's said humans can live three times longer without food than without sleep. What happens when we sleep is remarkable. Our bodies organize our thoughts, grow muscle, repair tissue and even regulate hormones. When we don't get enough sleep, we eventually experience opposite effects. And this is what the devil waits for. He knows sleep-deprived minds can't properly process situations or consequences. And sleep-deprived bodies don't have the energy to withstand certain offers. So it's not surprising that we frequently experience the worst attacks when we're physically or mentally exhausted.

A Simple Spiritual Warfare Strategy

The secret, then, to withstand many of Satan's attacks isn't anything sensational or super spiritual. But it's as simple as r-e-s-t. In fact, it's probably no coincidence that "rest" makes up two-thirds of the word "resist." Yes, resisting the devil in your situation might be as simple as getting some rest and a good night's sleep. Did you hear that? The end to your mind games, frustrations, anger, fears or insecurities might be just as easy as saying, "Shut up, devil, I'm goin' to bed!"

Kyle Winkler equips people to live in victory. His mobile app, Shut Up, Devil!, is the #1 spiritual warfare app; and his recent book, Silence Satan, has helped thousands shut down the enemy's attacks, threats, lies and accusations. Kyle holds a Master of Divinity in biblical studies from Regent University. Get daily encouragement from Kyle on Facebook and Twitter.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective