The devil’s intentions are to destroy God’s plans. The devil is everywhere he thinks he can trick a soul and drive it to hell. Yes, hell exists. Mark 9:47–48 Jesus warns us, “it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where the worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” And in Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name. “
How do we know if we are being attacked by evil or the devil? The devil can tempt us in ways that just sneak into our thinking. For example thinking I am not good enough, I cannot do the job, I am not a good parent or spouse, this is too much for me right now, my prayers are not heard, I cannot forgive him/her. This kind of thinking is inspired by evil. Evil can easily be detected when I tell Jesus my cross is too heavy, and I should push it onto someone else. No Jesus would tell us that our cross is heavy, but He will be with us to help carry it. Would Jesus want me to gossip about someone’s mistakes? No Jesus would tell us that everyone is human, and we all make mistakes. Jesus gives us peace; the evil one brings anxiety and discomfort. The devil is the opposite of Jesus, so we can fill in the blank of our situation. We can ask, does Jesus act or think this way? If the answer is no, then you know it is coming from the devil to pull us down.
The devil will try to change what is good in healthy relationships, and replace it with manipulation, or other means. First we need to look into our own relationships and be aware in ourselves, first determining that with us the devil could be interfering with our feelings or minds or our past downfalls. If we get into these kinds of situations with our own spouse or family, we must strive to be a good example of Jesus. We have to try not to fall into what the devil wants. What does the devil want? He wants anger, self pity, arguments and not cooperation. The devil takes what is good and turns it into bad. For example, the law was manipulated by evil to say we have the “choice” to decide to take a life. “Choice” sounds like a good thing; a women gets to say what she wants for her own body. But it’s not her life she is protecting. There is a dead baby at the end.
What are the hints we should look for?
How to overcome these attacks.
Stay calm It’s hard to fight with someone who is cool and calm and is not angry and fighting back.
Be quiet This is a good time to sit back and say some prayers about the situation.
Stay in the here and now If we start thinking about the future and having our minds wander it’s not solving the problem at hand.
Seek for help If needed get some expert advice.
Intended thought Where is the thinking coming from? Is it from an evil source or from God?
Intentions If it is coming from the devil, what is he trying to make me do or think?
Reaction After we can see where this is coming from, we can figure out our actions according to God’s will. What does God want me to do about this situation? Or say?
We must know that in our journey toward God, there is an enemy that is committed to pulling us the other way! Life is a real spiritual battle. But relax! We are armed with the best equipment: The Holy Bible, the Church, prayers (rosary). We can get through this with Jesus helping. And we can educate ourselves and watch out for the evil that comes our way.