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Unmasking Satan’s Strategies: Five Biblical Truths for Spiritual Warfare

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Unmasking Satan’s Strategies

Hello, beautiful sisters in Christ! It’s Cheri Strange here, and I’m so thrilled to dive into today’s discussion about a topic that’s close to our hearts: understanding Satan’s strategies and how we can stand firm against them. As Christian women who long to desire more of God in our everyday lives, it’s crucial that we heed the Bible’s wisdom and not be outwitted by the enemy, for we are not ignorant of his designs (2 Corinthians 2:11). So, let’s explore five of Satan’s strategies he often uses against us, backed by Scripture, to equip ourselves for this spiritual battle.

The Distraction Tactic

The first of Satan’s strategies is to distract us from our focus on God. In 1 Peter 5:8, we read:

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Just as a lion sneaks up on its prey, Satan seeks to divert our attention away from God through the chaos of life, materialism, and worldly desires. But it can also happen through the good in our lives. In my life it is the urgent that wars for my time against the important. I think a point worth making is that the distraction tactic, although as old as time, is tailor made for effectiveness in each individual.

It’s crucial that you and I be able to recognize what distracts us from our focus on God, and be watchful to resist these distractions. Taking time each day to refocus on God’s Word, prayer, and His presence, is crucial for our hearts to center (and recenter) on Him.

The Lie of Self-Sufficiency

Satan’s second strategy is to deceive us into thinking we can navigate life on our own, apart from God’s strength. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul writes:

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The enemy whispers lies about our self-sufficiency, pushing us to rely on our own abilities and resources. But that never works.

You are not enough on our own.

Neither am I.

There is a better way. Embracing the reality that we are not able to navigate all that comes our way can lead us to victory. When we acknowledge our need for God in our daily struggles and difficult challenges, His power shines through our inadequacies, leaving the enemy of our souls defeated.

The Accusation Game

The third of Satan’s strategies is to accuse us relentlessly, attempting to burden us with guilt and shame. In Revelation 12:10, we’re reminded of his title,

“the accuser of our brothers.”

Satan desires to make us forget who we are, causing us to feel unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness. And he’s really good at it. Our only hope of defeating him is believing the truth of God’s word over the barrage of lies. Truths such as:

  •  1 John 1:9 where we are assured that in Christ, we are forgiven and clean,
  •  2 Corinthians 5:17 that tells us that whatever we were before is gone. Jesus makes us new and nothing can take that away from us.
  • Psalm 103:12 reminding us that our sins, however terrible, destructive, or conniving, have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west, and
  • Romans 8:1 reassuring us, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

When Satan tries to accuse you and me, the path to victory is remembering our identity in Christ and rebuke Satan’s lies with the truth of God’s Word.

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The Deception of False Teaching

Satan’s fourth strategy involves spreading false teaching and leading us astray from the pure, unadulterated truth of God’s Word. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Paul warns,

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

Friend, this can be so subtle. And we are sure to lose unless we remain in God’s word regularly. There is no better way to distinguish between authenticity and some twisted nuance than becoming saturated with the real thing. He’s coming for our confidence in Scripture and God, Himself. This is a call to be vigilant against doctrines and teachings that deviate from Scripture. Our only hope is to stay rooted in the Word of God and seek wise, biblically sound teachers who lead us closer to God, not away from Him.

 

The Seeds of Doubt

The fifth of Satan’s strategies is to sow seeds of doubt and confusion about God’s character and His Word. In 2 Corinthians 11:3, the apostle Paul writes,

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Just as Satan tempted Eve with doubt in the garden, he seeks to undermine our trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness. Somehow, he crafts our thinking to consider, like Eve, that God might just be holding out on us. Sister, this strategy works. Time and time, again.

When these doubts arise, our best course of action is to recognize what is happening and stop the internal conversation. Don’t give it any energy or power. Instead, we absolutely must replace those thoughts with who God says He is and what He has done, so that we can trust that He can do what He promises to do.

My friend, it’s essential that we remain vigilant and alert to Satan’s strategies against us. As Christian women desiring more of God in our everyday lives, we must be equipped with the powerful weapon of God’s Word to counteract these schemes. Let us not be ignorant of his designs so that we can come against him, standing firm in our faith.

May the Lord bless and protect you as you continue to pursue a deeper relationship with Him and resist the enemy’s schemes. Remember, we are not ignorant of his designs.

xoxoxo,

 

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Join The Strange Readers Cafe: Discover Your True Identity in Christ

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Discover Your True Identity in Christ

Are you longing for a sense of belonging and love in a world that often makes you feel unseen, overlooked, or left out? Do you yearn for authentic connections, but find yourself struggling to navigate through life’s challenges? If so, I invite you to embark on a transformative journey with me through my latest book, Can You See Me, Now? Good News for the Lonely, Left Out, and Less Than in The Strange Readers Cafe.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to our FREE private Facebook group, The Strange Readers Cafe, where we will come together as a community of like-minded women to explore the profound truths of my book. In this seven-week journey, we will delve into the heart of God’s purpose for us as women, uncovering the beauty and significance of our existence in His eyes.

Uncover Your True Identity

In a world that often diminishes our worth and encourages conformity, Can You See Me, Now? offers a biblically based approach to help you discover your true identity in Christ. Through practical insights and captivating stories, we will explore how we were handpicked by God to express love, thrive in community, and enhance the world around us.

Cultivate Courage and Authentic Connections

Throughout this journey, we will learn how to cultivate the courage to connect with others authentically. You’ll discover the joy of finding people who fill your heart rather than drain your soul. Say goodbye to the old tendencies of blending into the wallpaper and embrace the vibrant woman God created you to be.

Overcome Feelings of Loneliness and Invisibility

Have you ever battled feelings of loneliness and invisibility? You’re not alone in your struggles. In The Strange Readers Cafe, you’ll meet other women who share similar wallflower tendencies and have faced the same challenges of never feeling like enough. Together, we’ll support one another and find the strength to overcome these obstacles.

Join the Journey

Our journey begins on Monday, October 2, and concludes on November 17, just before the holiday season begins. It’s the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter in your life and leave invisible you behind. Inside the group, you’ll discover:

  • A daily reading plan to guide you through the book.
  • Accountability and encouragement from fellow participants.
  • Access to live Q&A sessions and additional enriching content.
  • Free resources that will enhance your experience.

How to Get Started

To get ready for this exciting adventure, follow these simple steps:

  1. Join The Strange Readers Cafe Facebook group USING THIS LINK.
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I can’t express how eager I am to meet you in the group and embark on this life-changing journey together. Together, we will find our true identity in Christ, overcome loneliness, and discover the depth of God’s love for us. Let’s free ourselves before the holiday season and step into the abundant life God has designed for us.

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Consistent Daily Devotions Amid Life’s Chaos

Consistent Daily Devotions Amidst Life’s Chaos: Grace-Filled Strategies for a New Season

As we step into the first of a new season, many of us find ourselves in a reflective mood. After months of a relaxed summer schedule, it’s a natural time to regroup and reassess our priorities. It’s an opportunity to rethink our time, focus, and where we want to be in the next season. In the midst of this transition, we often desire to establish or rekindle a consistent daily devotional habit, but life’s chaos can make it feel like an elusive goal. I understand the difficulty, the challenge, and the disappointing sense of failure that can come with trying to maintain a consistent daily devotional habit. So, what’s a busy woman to do when she’s already doing more than she’s able? It’s a great time to explore how to maintain consistent daily devotions amidst life’s chaos as we step into this new season.

Let me share a bit of my own journey to encourage you. As a mother of eight children, I know all too well how demanding life can be. There have been days when I’ve felt like there simply wasn’t enough time or energy left for my personal devotion with God. It’s easy to get discouraged when your to-do list seems to multiply by the minute, and finding a moment of quiet reflection feels like an unattainable luxury.

Embrace Grace Over Perfection for More Consistent Daily Devotionals

First and foremost, my dear friend, allow me to invite you to embrace grace over perfection. It’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way. As moms, we often set high standards for ourselves, wanting to be everything to everyone. But in the process, we can forget that God cherishes our hearts more than our achievements.

Start small

Don’t pressure yourself with the expectation of hours of uninterrupted devotion time. Even if it’s just 10-15 minutes in the early morning or a brief pause during naptime, it’s a beautiful offering to God. Remember that God values your consistency and desire to seek Him daily, even when life feels overwhelming.

Establish a Sacred Space and Time for More Consistent Daily Devotionals

Creating a sacred space and time for your daily devotions can make a world of difference. I often found solace in a cozy corner of our home, a place where I could retreat from the chaos and focus on God. Whether it’s early in the morning before the household wakes up or during a quiet moment in the evening, having a dedicated space and time makes it easier to resist life’s distractions.

Yes, it might require some adjustment in your daily routine (I have moved both time and space through the years), but it’s a commitment worth making. Finding the best time for your season of life is really answering the question, “What is the first moment when you could choose to do something else besides the urgent?” Remember, God honors the effort you put into seeking Him, no matter when or where it happens.

Utilize Devotional Guides and Apps

One of the challenges I faced was knowing where to start or what to study during my devotional time. This is where devotional guides and apps can be your faithful companions. They provide structure and inspiration, which can be a lifesaver for busy moms like us.

YouVersion, for example, offers a treasure trove of Bible and devotional plans tailored to various interests and spiritual needs. You can choose plans on topics that resonate with your heart and the guidance provided simplifies your daily devotions. It’s like having a trusted friend walk alongside you on your spiritual journey.

It is my privilege to partner with YouVersion for this very endeavor in the lives of Believers all over the world. YouVersion is not only a free app, but one that allows you to set reminders to help you make your devotional time a habit amid your crazy schedule. You can find the plans I have written here.

Invite Accountability and Share the Journey

Lastly, consider inviting a trusted friend or family member to share in this pursuit of daily devotion. As moms, sisters, wives, and friends, we know the power of accountability. Sharing your goals and struggles with someone who can encourage you and hold you accountable can make a significant difference. Since my phone is always with me, it makes sense to find a way to achieve this goal of accountability using technology, like YouVersion readily available.

Additionally, consider sharing your devotional insights and experiences with other women who understand your journey. Sharing what is really going on in your life often inspires others and creates a sense of commitment to your own devotional practice. When you know others are journeying with you, it can provide that extra motivation to stay consistent.

The most important aspect of establishing some consistency is knowing you are not alone. God knows life is demanding, but He wants you to know Him and seek Him every day. He sees your heart’s desire to seek Him, even amidst the chaos.

 

So embrace this grace. Create a sacred space. Utilize Bible plans and devotional guides, and invite accountability into your life. Your pursuit of God is a precious offering, and He meets you where you are, rather than waiting for you to get where you wish you were.

In the midst of the challenges you face each day, may you find moments of grace and peace in the presence of our loving Heavenly Father. He understands the busy seasons of life and cherishes every effort you make to draw near to Him.

With love and solidarity,

 

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Sending Your Daughter Off to College: 5 Powerful Prayers for Moms

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Sending Your Daughter Off to College: 5 Powerful Prayers for Moms

Is anyone else purchasing laundry supplies, toiletries, twin XL sheets, and twinkle lights? If so, you likely possess a daughter who will be heading off to college in the next few days. This year, Daughter #5 is embarking on a journey out of state as a freshman, and it hasn’t become any easier through experience. I am fully aware of the bittersweet mixture of pride and trepidation that fill your heart as you prepare to send your daughter off to college. This momentous moment signifies growth and independence for her, as well as a time of deep soul-searching for you. Moreover, as a fellow mom who has navigated this journey and survived, I want to offer five heartfelt prayers for those of us who are entrusting our daughters into God’s hands.

Off to College Prayer #1: The Prayer for Protection

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Heavenly Father, I pray for a hedge of protection around my precious daughter as she embarks on this new chapter. Guard her physical safety and shield her from harmful influences. May Your presence surround her, continuously guiding her steps and watching over her night and day.

Off to College Prayer #2: The Prayer for Wisdom

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Lord, grant my daughter wisdom beyond her years. As she faces academic challenges, social pressures, and life decisions, may she also seek Your guidance. And let her seek You first in all things, trusting that Your wisdom will lead her on the right path.

Off to College Prayer #3: The Prayer for Faith and Resilience

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Dear God, I ask for a strong and unwavering faith to be planted deep within my daughter’s heart. In moments of doubt, loneliness, or difficulty, may she remember Your promises and find strength in her relationship with You. Give her the resilience to overcome obstacles and grow through every experience.

Off to College Prayer #4: The Prayer for Genuine Friendships

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Loving Father, I lift up a prayer for authentic and godly friendships for my daughter. Surround her with companions who will encourage her faith, support her dreams, and challenge her to be the best version of herself. May she find a community that reflects Your love and grace.

Off to College #5: The Prayer for Purpose and Direction

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Lord, guide my daughter’s steps as she discovers her purpose and calling in this world. Help her to discern Your voice as she explores her passions and talents, and to use them to bring glory to Your name. Lead her to opportunities that align with Your divine plan for her life.

Final Encouragement for the Send Off

As you pack those boxes, load her up, and drop her off, remember, you are not done momming. Your role in your daughter’s life can be profound during these years. While this transition may feel like a death, or as if you’ve lost a limb, it’s only a pivot with some Klenex and change. God has a beautiful plan in store for your daughter and for you. May this next journey be one of growth, discovery, and unwavering connection with the One who holds both your hearts.

For His glory,

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Your Ultimate Worship Playlist

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My Ultimate Worship Playlist for Daily Encouragement

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s often easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of what truly matters. Whether you’re facing challenges at work, navigating through personal struggles, or simply seeking a moment of solace and inspiration, there is one thing that can uplift our spirits and bring us closer to becoming the woman God created us to be – Worship music.

Unlocking the Power of Worship

Music has a unique way of touching our souls, and when it is infused with messages of faith and hope, its impact becomes even more profound. Christian Worship music has the ability to transcend our circumstances. It enables us to connect with God, and His people, and find strength in moments of weakness. No doubt, worship music is a powerful tool that carries the potential to transform our day, while offering a sense of peace that only comes from Jesus.

Worship Music as a Defensive Device

Worship music also serves to help us as we come against the devices of the Enemy. Before the army, Joshua instructs people who blow horns to walk in front of the fighting men. Then, at his signal, everyone should shout (Joshua 6:20). When Jehoshaphat found himself completely outnumbered against the enemy, he instructed the choir to go first and sing.

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

We may not understand how it works, but the Bible clearly demonstrates that worship music is not just a catchy tune with clean lyrics but an essential element in the Christian life.

The Integral Role Worship Music Plays

For centuries, worship music has been an integral part of the relationship between God and His people. We see this in the life of King David. While he was king of Israel, David installed family lines to serve God by playing instruments and singing in the service of God for generations. We find outlines and details for these roles along with instructions for sacrifices and other essential Levitical roles. Even Jesus, on the night of his arrest, sings a hymn with his disciples just before heading to the Mount of Olives. Worshipping God through music is the last thing Jesus did with his followers together before His crucifixion. Make no mistake, by God’s design, worship music plays an integral role in the life of the Believer.

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Introducing the Ultimate Worship Playlist

Because of the broad testimonies we have from Scripture, today, I am excited to invite you to explore my handpicked collection of Worship songs on YouTube. Curated with 40 of my favorite tracks by talented Christian artists, I think you are going to love it. My Worship Playlist is here to be your constant companion in daily life, empowering you to face challenges with a renewed sense of faith and determination. As you listen to these songs, I pray you find rest, encouragement, strength, and power in the God you can trust.

The Playlist Journey

This Worship Playlist takes you through various emotions and experiences, reflecting the ebb and flow of life. From moments of joy and celebration to times of deep introspection, each track will resonate with your soul’s needs.

  1. Upbeat Worship Anthems – Kickstart your day with powerful anthems that will fill you with positivity and energy.
  2. Songs of Gratitude – Reflect on the blessings in your life and express heartfelt thanks for all you have received.
  3. Hope and Healing – During trying times, find solace in songs that speak of God’s love and His ability to mend broken hearts.
  4. Courage and Resilience – Discover strength in times of adversity as you listen to songs that encourage you to press on.
  5. Worship in Adoration – Deepen your spiritual connection and devotion with soul-stirring songs of adoration.

Connecting with the Worship Playlist

To access the Ultimate Worship Playlist, simply head over to my YouTube channe@CheriStrangeSheYearns. Subscribe to stay updated with new additions and to join a community of like-minded individuals seeking daily encouragement through Worship music.

Amid the daily challenges and uncertainties of life, finding a source of strength and hope is crucial. My Worship Playlist is not just a collection of songs; it’s a tool to help you become the woman God designed you to become. Let these uplifting melodies guide you on your journey toward becoming more like Jesus, reminding you that you are never alone.

Click play on the Ultimate Worship Playlist today!

XOXOXO

Before you Go, don’t forget to 🌟 Join the Momentum: How to Get Spiritually Unstuck 5-Day Challenge! 🌟

Are you ready to break free from the chains that hold you back and embrace a vibrant spiritual life? If so, then this invitation is for you!

Allow me to invite you to our exclusive 5-day challenge, Momentum: How to Get Unstuck. This transformative experience helps you overcome obstacles, ignite your spiritual growth, and unleash your true potential.

Each day, you’ll encounter Biblical truths, devotional insights, and a personal challenge to help you cultivate momentum and step into a more profound connection with Jesus.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to revitalize your spiritual path! Join us for the Momentum: How to Get Spiritually Unstuck 5-Day Challenge. Discover the limitless possibilities that await you.

Ready to take the leap? Sign up now and let’s embark on this transformative journey together!

Click here to join the challenge and unlock your spiritual potential

See you there!

 

You can meet Cheri on the She Yearns blog for more truth-saturated, Gospel-centered encouragement like this:

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