It has been said that the best way to defeat your enemy is not to beat them on the battlefield, but to destroy their will to fight. This is something that every Christian needs to understand very clearly.

Scripture tells us that ‘the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world’ (1 Jn 4:4). If God is for us, no one can stand against us (Rom 8:31). We know that God is more powerful than the enemy, yet every day we find ourselves defeated as we fall into sin and temptation.

Discouragement is the devil’s favourite weapon. He knows that he can not win if we have the whole power of God on our side, so he simply destroys our will to fight. This feeling of discouragement can rise up at any time. In the most subtle ways, we find that our thoughts become negative and we lose hope. We need to be constantly on guard against this movement in our spirit, and recognise it as a spiritual attack. If anything, this sense of discouragement should encourage us, because we realise that the enemy would not be trying to destroy our will to fight unless we were a threat to his plans.