4 Triggers Satan Likes To Use In Attacking People and Girls Ministries


I had a good conversation with Pam Gibbs, Lifeway Girls Ministry Specialist the other day. That’s the joy of being so close to Lifeway—we can just drop in on people.  It was a quick discussion about what was going on in the girls ministry and in my life, and vice versa. She’s getting ready for a girls conference that is being hosted at Lifeway in about a week. Still time to register and i hear there are going to be some great breakout leaders there :). But in the midst of that conversation it linked up with my previous article about The Deceiver, and I started to discuss how recently I had been aware of some of his activity around me as I planned for events and such. We talked about the reality of spiritual warfare. It was a reminder to both of us that Satan is prowling around. We often go about our lives and forget that we truly need to be alert and on guard to Satan’s attacks. Here are 4 quick triggers that I found written in the back of my teenaged bible this past week. It meant a lot to me then to write it down, and when I stumble across it—those 4 words are always great reminders of how Satan likes to prowl and attack.

Satan wants to DEVOUR. (He is not playing around. He will attack with a flesh wound and then go for the juggler.)
What does he try to devour? Reputations. Marriages. Families. Time spent with God. What else have you seen him try to devour?

Satan wants to DISCOURAGE. This is one in particular that he continually uses to bring me down. And what happens when we’re discouraged? We lose confidence. We become focused on us. We lick our wounds and can’t lift our heads to see others.

Satan wants to DIVIDE. I see this happen a lot in our girls ministries and I see it happen among ministries. If Satan can divide, then he has weakened the impact of the team. Also I like to think of it like this, it’s like a paper cut. You may not think the quick cut to the skin will do much damage, but if that division is not mended properly then an infection sets in and well the rest gets pretty gorey but it ends with gangrene.

Satan wants to DIVERT. This one is kinda clever.  This is when we get off-focus and get away from the mission God called us to in the first place. This is when the gospel kind of gets pushed to the corner for someone’s pursuit of themselves or maybe other motives that are not God-centered. This one could have me stepping on toes—mine first though:).

Now a question for you?  Have you seen this going on lately?  Don’t forget to find encouragement in 1 Peter 5:8-11. 🙂

1 Peter 5:8-11 (MSG)

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.

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2 thoughts on “4 Triggers Satan Likes To Use In Attacking People and Girls Ministries

  1. Amy-Jo- Great blog about the deceiver. Recently while at your breakout session on “Technology” and youth ministry at our girls ministry forum, I was reminded of some recent photos of girls I had seen on facebook. While not trying to halt any new relationships I was forming with them, I had made the decision to not mention them. I didn’t decide to address them specifically yet, but I have been motivated to get better acquainted with this girl and to address all the girls in our ministry at some soon point about the whole cyber issue and their lives. This will prove to be a new topic for me to tear in to and teach on but I am so convicted and know that it is a very real, deceptive move of the deceiver in their lives.
    Thanks for all of the good info and loved getting to meet you. Rissa

  2. I was showing a friend you website when I noticed this post. It is so applicable to me today! Hubs is out of town and the boys were in a horrible mood this morning. The only way I could get the 18 month old to calm down from a fit was to take him outside (it always works). I wished we all could have gone back to bed and started the day over! Praying I Peter 5!