4 D’s the devil uses against a Christian who is not vigilant

4 D’s the devil uses against a Christian who is not vigilant

What happens when not vigilant :

Recently, I watched a documentary on a leopard and the hunting tactics it used against a family of baboons. The leopard is known to be the fastest animal, nocturnal, and hunts solitary in the night. The baboons are always together in a group with their young ones, have poor eyesight in the dark and prefer to rest on top of the tree.

Whenever the leopard tried to come near the baboons during the daytime, the latter would chase after the leopard together. So, after the baboons retired for the night on top of the tree branches, this leopard stealth fully sneaked up to the top of the tree and grabbed the baby baboon in the middle of the night while the entire baboon family ran away in FEAR.

4 D's the Devil uses against a Christian who is not watchful

A startling lesson:

We have a mutual predator waiting stealthily in the dark ready to pounce on the weakest link in our life. This enemy is lurking near our family, our children, our most cherished when we are not vigilant, and when we are the most tired. It is ready to pounce and grab knowing we are not alert anymore.

1 Peter 5:8(KJV) says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

To be vigilant means to be suspicious and alert of the lurking dangers by this spiritual enemy in our lives. The devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion waiting in the dark to prey and devour anyone who is not sober minded.

Have you noticed how the devil doesn’t bother anyone who belongs to him ? The devil is out there to get only those in close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and who loves the Lord dearly.

Here are four D’s the devil will bring into a Christian’s life if we are not duly vigilant:

1. Discouragement: “Give it all up”  the discouraging words the devil will whisper to you.You have been serving the Lord so diligently, yet there is so many trials in your life. You have been trying for a child and a job for so long, and the devil will pose a question in our minds, “where is your God now?” A Child of God will forget that all these setbacks are temporary and common to everyone in this fallen world.

2. Discontentment: “.”Oh look how better your neighbor, co worker, blogger is doing.” Satan was so jealous of the blessing ,God gave Job that Satan’ s argument to God was that Job is righteous because of the wealth given to him. Discontentment can lead a Christian into depression when we are not content in Christ

John 15:11(KJV) “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

3. Doubt: “Did the Lord really say so??” is one of the famous words of Satan. Dear beloved, Satan is a father of lies and a great deceiver who cunningly lied to our first parents Adam and Eve. The devil will make us question our salvation, and the constant presence of our Lord in our times of sorrows causing us to doubt the sovereignty of God.

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Mathew 14:31,kjv)

4. Disregard for Christ and His Holy Word : Satan openly desires that every child of God will dissent against God’s commandments, and thereby ruin the fellowship with God. He will bring discord between our loved ones, within the churches, and make us compromise on God’s Holy Word. God told Moses to SPEAK to the rock in front of the grumbling Israelites, but Moses was angry to HIT the rock twice totally disregarding God’s word (Numbers 20:7-11).

Encouragement :

How has this post encouraged you today, my friend?

Have you noticed any of these four tactics against your or your family? Please do comment below that I can pray for you .

May I leave you with this verse today to remind you that Satan is not above our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus has won victory over Satan and his tactics, therefore cling to Jesus. AMEN?

Jude 1:24,25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Next week, we will be focusing on the 7 Biblical Strategies a vigilant Christian must use against Satan

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Until next time,



About Diana

I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mom to my triplets. Each of these God given roles have shaped me to be the woman I am today. My blog is about how I have found God to be alive in me through the lessons I keep on learning each day. Through the storms and songs in the darkest hour I saw God standing with me.
Christianity is not a religion to me but a personal relationship I have with my Creator who so freely gave His life for me .
Dear Friend, I pray that you too will know this Savior who died not only for your SINS but also for all your SORROWS on the Cross. May you be found in HIM.

Philippians 3:14 (KJV) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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  1. Well said, Diana! I know this is all so true! The devil goes after those who threaten him the most. That’s why it’s so important to pray for those in ministry and be vigilant like you said. Thank you for this encouragement! God bless you.

    1. I thank God for your friendship ,Dawn! Thank you for the blessed comments and shares. Let us pray for one another and be vigilant of the tactics the devil will use against us.

  2. I agree that discontent is a major weapon of the enemy, and it’s the one I’m most susceptible to. When we reflect on everything we have in Christ, however, we can deflect such attacks! Like you said, we must cling to and trust God’s Word – being very aware of when sin is crouching at our door.

    1. Dani, thank you for your comments. Yes, discouragement is something I have been working on in my life, since it can weigh me down when I do not sit with the Lord .

      Praying for you

  3. Triplets! Bless you. I had twins after two other small children. What a whirlwind but they are growing and hopefully thriving.
    Thanks for your post. I struggle with discouragment the most. I welcome prayers to help me overcome this. I regularly pray for the Lord to change my circumstances and to change my perspective. To say I have been jinxed in some areas might be an understatement. I just hope that these trials don’t last my entire earthy life. I know the Lord has overcome and that the next life will be amazing times infinity but it sure would be nice to feel a slice of that while here. I struggle with feeling real Joy and letting my circumstances and feelings put dings in my faith from time to time. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Deanna,thank you so much for visiting me here today, and for the comments. As I finished reading ,I prayed for you and the spirit of discouragement you have been feeling . The verse that came to my mind “weeping may endure for the night, but Joy comes in the morning” Our earthly struggles come in every form and shape, but the spirit of discouragement does not come from the Lord.

      Father Lord, I commit Deanna into your mighty hands. I pray that you will comfort her when she feels the most vulnerable, and give her the strength needed to overcome the trials she is facing right now. May her spirits be lifted up today, and find contentment in the Lord. May the Joy of the Lord be her strength today and forevermore. Amen


  4. Great post, Diana! I just finished the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer and it was wonderful!! Thank you for this reminder and encouraging tactics. Definitely needed to hear!

    1. Mandy, thank you for your blessed comments. I am yet to finish the study by Priscilla ,hopefully one of these days I will 🙂


  5. I hadn’t realized the voice inside my head was that of the enemy. I’ve been attacked all four of these ways this whole week. Even more so now that I’m attempting to seize a job opportunity with an insurance agency and trying to get my motorcycle license at the same time. Please pray that I don’t give way to the enemy’s voice and that I continue to seek the LORD’s face; that I don’t focus so much on the waves surrounding me and that I bask in the LORD’s peace. I know the LORD doesn’t give us a Spirit of fear but of power, of love, and of a sound mind, so please pray that I have a sound mind this week and that I stay strong in the LORD and never give up hope. Thanks for the wisdom.

    1. I am so blessed to know that you visited me today,Desire. Your name is really beautiful and I pray that you always desire to do what the Lord leads you to do in the coming days. Every decision to you make ,may the Good shepherd guide you . Every negative voice of the enemy you hear, may the Lord help you to withstand those storms.
      You are made victorious in Christ Jesus today. So I pray you will have a sound mind, and never give up hope in the Lord’s good work in your life.


  6. Diana, great thoughts! The enemy has tried to use discouragement in my life to draw me away from the Lord. I’ve learned in those times when I feel most discouraged, I need to focus on God’s word and set my mind on His truths. And yes, tiredness intensifies the discouragement, so I need to be intentional about getting enough sleep.
    I’m visiting from Holley Gerth’s place today 🙂

    1. Hey, Jeanne thank you for stopping by here and for your comment. Yes ,discouragement can take us on a roller coaster ride if we are not alert . I pray you can sleep well, and be always refreshed and find encouragement from the Word

  7. This is a great reminder that we need to be vigilant and be careful of what and who we let into our lives. Great post! I’m a neighbor from Recharge Wednesday. God bless you.

  8. Hello Diana, thanks for the reminders so that we can be undevourable. I think you can even add deception to that. I think we can often deceive ourselves as the Bible says, and the devil will gladly do it . Thank God for the Holy Spirit and His discernment.

    1. Thank you Rebecca for such amazing comment. Yes ,I can even include deception as one of the devices ,God willing I will write on that topic another day 🙂

  9. This was prophetic. I am REALLY looking forward to next weeks post.
    Subscribing now
    Thank you for your obedience to talk on difficult subjects.

    1. Thank you Amaris for stopping by here today. I pray the Lord will make us wise and alert against every tactics of the Devil in the coming days. I am honored to have you visit me today


  10. Well stated Diana. So nice to meet you today via the internet:) Thank you for visiting my site I love what you are sharing from 1 Peter. Such a powerful passage of scripture. Your 4 D’s are right on point but thankfully God has left us armor to empower us in spiritual warfare, Thanks again for sharing these truths from God’s word. Have a fantastic weekend and may god bless you and yours.

    1. So nice to meet you again as well, Horace. Most of the time, children of God let go of their armor and their guard, and the devil is waiting for an opportunity to destroy us these 4 D’s .

  11. Those 4 Ds — so true. The devil likes to be all up in our business, doesn’t he? Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Thanks for sharing today, Diana. ((hug))

    1. Hey Brenda, thank you for stopping by here. Yes, the devil thinks he can interfere in our business but the One who is greater in us has victory over the Devil

  12. Thank you for this post. I’m currently struggling with discouragement and discontent because I’ve been praying/waiting for a promotion and it seems as if I’m being passed on AGAIN for the third time in 2 years. It’s really so frustrating and I’m trying hard to still trust that Gods timing is best. Sigh….

    1. Ineifie, I can only imagine what you are going through right now. The verse that came to my mind for you is” My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him” Psalm62:5
      I pray you are not discouraged anymore and wait for the right timing. Your hard work will pay off, despite the waiting time.


  13. This was right on time for me as I am struggling to understand all that is going on in my life. From being a single mom to strengthening my relationship with Papa. Your post was enlightening and I’m glad I stumbled across it tonight. Blessings to you for sharing a good word.

    1. Takessa, I bet it is hard raising your kids alone but I know the Lord is ever watching over your struggles. He will in due time strengthened you.
      I have prayed for you today

  14. Diane. so true. Satan has used all four on me and those I know. He loves to get us to doubt God. His plan, his word, his love, his promises, anything about him. And to doubt ourselves. It seems that anything negative about God or ourselves is often coming from our enemy.

    1. Hey Theresa ,so nice of you to stop by here today and bless me with your comments. Satan thinks he has got us, but NO God will keep us from stumbling to the traps set by our enemy

  15. Very true….Thanks for your most encouraging words and facts being brought to me from the Word and from your experience…Satan is very much active with his tactics…but Praise to Almighty because He has already won…Amen….God bless you more Diana

  16. Of your four D’s, Discouragement is probably the one that I struggle with the most. So this is good advice for me to remember: “A Child of God will forget that all these setbacks are temporary and common to everyone in this fallen world.”

    1. Lisa, thank you for taking your time to visit me and for your comments. Yes, discouragement can pull us down if it were not for the Lord holding lifting us up. Every child of God is susceptible to these 4 tactics of the devil


  17. The devil is devious! He wants to make things just hard enough that we will give up. We need all the tools we can to recognize his schemes. Thanks for adding to our toolbox!

    1. Christa, thank you for your lovely comments. Yes the Devil is very devious and wants to drag us away from our Heavenly Father.

  18. Hmm. I thought for sure one of these would be “distraction”! Maybe there should be 5!! I have felt all of these at some point, but some more than others. I am easily distracted, though, and I struggle so with staying IN THE WORD OF GOD. Ugh. It drives me nuts about myself. If I were better about it, I feel as if I would really be better prepared when temptations strike. Ithe has been a battle since becoming a Christian, and sometimes I feel as if I am doing a better job than others! Thsee reasons, to me, show the importance of an open and communicative church family wit whom you can fellowship and draw strength and support. As an introvert, it is hard at times to be involved, but it azes me so much how God encourages fellowship and it is such a great tool for accountability.

    1. Hello Jen, thank you for stopping by here today, and for those amazing tip. Yes, distraction is also one of the tools the devil uses on Children of God the Father. Memorization of Scriptures have helped me and also printing out verses pertaining to temptations and having them visually ready are really good too.


  19. I thank God today for reading those wonderful scriptures. Really I know noticed that I have little faith. Please pray for me.

  20. I found you through Pinterest. I am very aware that our enemy roams around “like” a roaring lion looking for those he can destroy. I’m a homeschool mom of four sons..two grown, two to go, ages 15 and 17. I’ve been married 34 years and thankfully both my husband and myself are Christians. Sometimes though I feel I’m the one who is doing the battles with the enemy…I see his sneaky hands and lies in our lives and I’m so thankful for the precious blood of my Jesus. Thanks for your post…it encouraged me today. God bless you as you raise those babies!

    1. Jenny ,I am so glad you found me and this message encouraged you mightily. We are bought by the precious blood of the lamb and the devil can try all he wants .

  21. Thank you. This message meant a lot to me today. Last yearbI joined the worship team at my church. Ever since I joined there have been so many attacks against me even now. Please pray for the worship team in your church. We need those prayers desperately. I experienced 6 deaths of friends and family including the death of my father, my marriage is broken and we are now living separately, I have deep depression issues that I am trying to fix. I am at the point of losing my job due to disability and pain issues in my body. I need healing in my body and my mind. I am experiencing so much grief all of the time and all I want to do is spread the Joy of God’s word. The most recent tactic was that I broke my ankle. I have been in bed with nothing but my depression. I am coming out of it though and I am coming out fighting. I am a child in god’s army. I can and will do this ;

  22. I had a ”friend” from church who said she was going to help me though the though time in my life. My mum died and my husband was not being supportive and my family is overseas so I was feeling very lonely and was having horrible thoughts and depression.
    As she said she was going to help me and she is a Christian I opened all my life and told her even my deepest secrets.
    After a while she start to show herself unbearable and I cutted the friendship which was starting to be a little toxic…
    Now she is telling lies to everybody that I know, telling all my secrets and people are turning against me. I have no idea what she is saying, the only thing I know people are doing nasty things against me even in church.
    There is even one girl who said I tried to exorcise her 😱 And wrote one email to the pastor lying about that and complaining about me.
    I don’t know what to do anymore, I feel I have no more credibility in church and have nobody to help me. What do I do? Is there anything else I can do apart from praying? I’m pregnant and this is really not doing any good to this child.
    I know I can

  23. Thank you. This is really an eye opener for. The devil as used all 4of them on me and I have fallen everytime but no more thanks

  24. Thank you Diana for this insight. I have struggled with infertility for close to 10years now so I swing from discouragement to discontentment and back. I have also been trying very hard to switch my career and it has been an overwhelming experience. It is even more difficult wen d people around you even brethren in church treat you like you are plagued and an outcast because you are childless. Our African culture does not permit one to be childless. When I try to keep my head straight, it is seen as nonchalance but they hardly understand dat I am struggling inside. I thank you for this encouragement and ask God for better understanding of His purpose in my life. I know he allowed me to pass through this wilderness to bring glory to His name and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds. God bless!

    1. Dear Pee, I do not know if you will see this message but I sincerely hope you will. I didn’t have kids for 10 long years as well. Know this , you are not alone or an outcast . You are a blessed woman of God . Society labels us all such cruel names ,but the Lord has called you fruitful. No one can dare take that away from you. His words never go fruitless. There will flow streams of river in your wilderness . Do not let the world ever tear you down my dear sister Pee:)

  25. Thank you so much Diana for the post it really inspired me to wake up to face the reality. You will never lack the wisdom of God to do more.
    Happy new year in advance.

    1. Kenneth, I am encouraged to hear your comment. I pray in the new year you will be able to face all these realities with the help of our Lord. Happy new year to you as well

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