As God’s enemy, the Devil’s primary plan and purpose is to hinder God’s work in your life and separate you from Him. Here are six unexpected places the Devil will show up in your life.
With accidents, traffic, road anxiety and rage, everyday travel can bring out the worst in people. The Devil will show up during your travel time in an attempt to create chaos and slow your day down. While you can’t control another driver’s behavior, you can control how you choose to react in those situations. Diffuse what can potentially turn stressful, even violent by keeping calm and calling on the Holy Spirit to work through you and others on the road who are stressing too.
When you’re sick, your body is at its weakest point, often presenting unexpected road blocks that take away from your ability to perform. During times of sickness and weakness, the Devil wants you to overexert yourself to add more stress and prolong your sickness, but God wants you to rest so you can be the best person you can be. If you can, take out some time to allow your system to fully restore and call on God for physical and mental healing.
When you’re on a quest for Mr. or Mrs. Right, you may encounter more frogs than prince (or princess) charmings. The Devil wants you to settle in your relationship. He will present forms of temptation and try to compromise your values and goals. Trust God and the warning signs He puts up that point out that this is not the one God has for you.
The Devil wants your marriage—He wants to destroy it and everything positive you’ve built with your partner. He will present conflicts of desire and use anger, resentment, past hurts and misunderstandings to divide it. If your marriage is struggling, don’t allow the Devil to destroy it. Instead of thinking you can handle problems in your marriage on your own, walk with God in it–making sure it is built in the solid foundation of Christ.
The Devil will surface in your workplace by creating tension and conflict to slow down productivity and break you down physically and mentally. If you’re in a position of power, it can manifest itself in the way your exert dominance over employees in the workplace. Instead of focusing on the negatives of whatever the conflict is, try to maintain a positive outlook and call on God to guide you in resolving it.
The Devil will try to gain control of you through different forms of addiction – creating dependency where it’s the sole source of fulfillment. While substances like drugs and alcohol are common sources of addiction–It can manifest in the less expected sources like your diet and your work. Call on God to help you let go of anything in your life that keeps you separate from Him.
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