The 5 Deadly D's
Don't let your world explode around you!
Has there ever been a time in your life when your disappointment in your circumstances or personal relationships caused you to go into an emotional tailspin?
Have you ever felt you might drown in discouragement?
Have you ever fallen into a well of depression and in that well found yourself in such a state of despair that you were so demoralized you couldn’t even figure out how to climb out of your prison—or even try? What did you do? How did you handle it?
What if a crushing disappointment came your way today or tomorrow—do you have the assurance that you could face it in such a way that it would become a steppingstone toward greater godliness rather than a stumbling block to plummet you into defeat, depression, and despair?
If you are going to live for God you will not go unopposed! Once you come out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God, then whether you want it or not it’s war—warfare with the prince of this world! And though you can’t be snatched from the Father’s hand, Satan will do everything to keep you from being effective in your walk with the Lord!
Satan has three major strategies for weakening us before the major battles come.
He wants us to focus on anything and everything except what is really important. How often are you like Martha, drawn away and distracted from the one thing that is needful (Luke10:40-42)?
The one thing that is “needful” is to sit at His feet and learn of Him; yet the pressures and pleasures of life can so easily distract—as do the pressures of ministry, the busyness of serving the Lord. Even the possibility of being distracted in dangerous times like today should put a holy fear within us.
Deception can also be the result of distraction. When we don’t have time to stay in the Word, we’re more easily deceived. Jesus said the devil “does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. (John 8:44) He is the ultimate deceiver and unless you stay connected to the truth of the Word of God you will certainly be deceived.
- The Deadly D’s – a third strategy with several layers
They’re part of a devastating plunge that’s triggered when we respond wrongly to the disappointments that God in His loving sovereignty allows in our lives.
Let's take a quick look at what these Deadly D's are.
The Deadly D's
The downward spiral begins with disappointment. Disappointment comes when our expectations are not met. Consequently we are not happy about it –we’re disturbed.
When disappointment happens and we don’t conquer it God’s way, then we spin downward into discouragement. We’re without courage. We want to give up. We want to quit because we are disheartened. We’re ready to run rather than deal with the situation. We walk out; run away. Our fighting spirit – our spunk is gone.
• Dejection (Depression)
Depression follows discouragement, in various degrees.
The first degree of depression is dejection – a lowness of spirit, a feeling of spiritual and emotional fatigue.
If not reversed dejection will plunge us into despair.
At this stage of descent hope is entirely abandoned and its replaced by apathy and numbness. Fear becomes overwhelming and paralyzing and can degenerate further into disorder and reckless action that is heedless of consequences.
Can you see how Satan uses these tactics to defeat many of God’s children today? The question is “How well do you understand them? How quickly can you recognize them in your own life or in the lives of others around you?
The Secret of Victory
When an attack occurs, the attacker has one goal—to defeat the enemy and subject him to his will. Remember1 Peter 5:8? Your adversary, the devil, wants to devour you. The enemy doesn’t want simply to attack, but to win.
The enemy’s goal is to penetrate your line of defense. And if we don’t stop him by holding the line, then he’s going to come in like a flood with all of his other destructive weapons. He’ll drive a wedge into you with disappointment, then press in with discouragement, dejection, despair, and demoralization, which will mean defeat. He doesn’t have to kill you to win; he just needs to get you to stop fighting, to turn and run, to hide, to quit the battle.
The secret to victory, then, is to never allow a penetration!
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8
This would be a good verse to memorize.
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has been involved with Precept Ministries since 1981 as a student, Trainer, Co-Director of Transform Student Ministries, Author and currently in Social Media. She is passionate about seeing others engage Jesus in Bible study and in life. She loves connecting with people and seeing them connect with God in such a way that He invades every aspect of their life.