Predators don’t always play fair. When out for a hunt, they often go after prey that are sick, young, or injured - a cheap and easy catch. The enemy hunts in a similar way by attacking areas where we are most vulnerable and insecure. It takes humility to identify where we are weak, but recognising these areas helps us understand how the enemy hunts us down. It enables us to predict where they will strike - making us wiser and more difficult to catch. Here are some common soft spots to be aware of:
Social situations: The enemy likes to tamper with our emotional responses to social interactions. Today there is minimal face-to-face interaction with texting available. Reading words on a screen allows us to interpret a message however we want - sometimes causing a downward spiral of analysing the sender’s intention. Social anxiety is an easy tool for the enemy to knock us down. It can pull us away from friends and family, leaving us alone and vulnerable. If you feel this is a soft spot for you, try talking on the phone more instead of texting, and pray for peace in your social interactions.
Comparison: Social media inflates the comparison game. We spend hours of free time scrolling through other people’s highlight reels - hundreds of edited photos capturing the positive moments people want us to see. There always seems to be someone who has their life completely together while yours is falling apart. If we accept social media as real life, we feel inadequate, compared to others’. It creates a soft spot within us that makes us question if we are on the right path. Keeping our eyes fixed on God reminds us that we are designed to lead a completely unique storyline. The enemy will try to break you down and shame your unique beauty and abilities - we are called to be our own.
Qualifications: When it comes to careers or new opportunities, we often shy away from positions that seem too grand for us. We have a limited perspective of our abilities and assume we aren’t qualified - but God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He loves to make the impossible happen. No matter what the job description says, if God says the role is for you, He will equip you. Do you think a 14 year old girl felt qualified to bring the son of God to this Earth? Doubtful - but she had complete faith in how God would equip her. The enemy will try to weaken you by telling you you’re inadequate - because if you step up you will strengthen others with your faith. Be fearless in stepping towards your calling.
The enemy will try to pull you away from what God is calling you to by adding stress into your heart and mind. Anxiety never comes from God. If you feel stressed, you are allowing the enemy to steal your peace. Do not be shaken - you are unstoppable when you keep your eyes fixed on the Lord. Fight back when the predator tries to bring you down. The battle is already won, you just have to tell the enemy to back up. People of faith are not easy prey.