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The 5 Deadly D's


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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.

    • Distraction

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

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

Dejection (Depression)

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.

We would love to hear back from you so please comment and let us know what you think!

If you want to learn more about the The 5 Deadly D's they are taken from Kay's book As Silver Refined. To see all of these now and to learn even more you can order your copy by clicking the button below!



BJ Lawson 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.


These words of encouragement could not have come at a better time. This describes where I am in my journey. 
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 9:15 AM by Judy
We know who Wins,our hope is in the LORD.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 9:27 AM by Bev Doig
Thank you! I needed this reminder!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 9:50 AM by Andrea
love the echoes of our Father - thank you for this Blog post, just what I need to push through this morning!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:00 AM by lori kantor
I have been Thur a lot with my husband and another blow came ask God what to do he gave me your book as silver refined what a blessing was where I was at and trying to get through feel hopeless but trusting GOD thank you
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:46 AM by kim marsh
Have followed these D's myself and been at the bottom in that very dark place... I do not want to ever go back! The Word of God is absolutely essential for getting out of that darkness. 
I did learn a valuable truth while I was there - The Word of God daily transforming my thinking/attitude is the way to stay out of the dark and to walk in His light. I hope now that my time there will be useful to help others escape the same trap. This article is a great help and I look forward to the next...
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:49 AM by Brenda Wells
Thanks. This is so good.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:15 AM by Beverly Hart
I thought this was a good article on something all of us face from the enemy from time to time in our lives.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:29 AM by Joan Carlin
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:49 AM by AMBER WILLIAMS BRYMER
Sitting with my mom who is in her last days, this could not have come at a better time.  
Love you Kay! And love, love, love our God and King!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:11 PM by Robin
As children of the King we need to recognize that we can only claim His power to withstand sin by abiding in His Word. So many Christians spend such little time in the Word that its no wonder they are struggling. Jesus has won. It is finished. We do not have to succumb to Satan's tactics, we just need to rest in THE WORD. Thanks for sharing Kay. 
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:19 PM by Ivette Passiglia
Thank you!!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:36 PM by Rhonda Carson
I am trying to be a good caregiver for my severely disabled sister and it isn't easy at times. I agree with the lady who said this couldn't come at a better time. I need to keep that full armor on. Thank you, Kay. You are loved.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:33 PM by Sharyn McClure
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:08 AM by Sherryl Anderson
I really needed to hear this!!!!
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:12 AM by Lindy Harvey
Looking forward to future posts.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:15 AM by Debi Thompson
Thank you - very timely
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:17 AM by Leslie
Perfect timing! Thank you
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:20 AM by Judi
Thanks an on time reading.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:21 AM by Rosalinda McNeal
This is so relevant to my journey right now. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to future posts and ways to overcome the enemy.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:22 AM by Linda Nunn
Thank you,Kay .God Bless You!!!i enjoyed.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:27 AM by Vickie Easterling
This is just waht I needed to hear....Satan has thrown so much at me I have been physically...mentally....emotionally and spiritually wounded....With Gods' Help and This Wonderful Reminder I WILL be Singing For My Master Again...SOON. Thank you for this more than I can say...♥
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:30 AM by Norma...Sing
This is serving to remind me that I serve a living, loving Creator but there is also an enemy roaring about and I must stand my guard with what the Savior has equipped me with....His word!! 
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:33 AM by Linda Hall
this article was one i really needed to is just so overwhelming to read thoughts so biblical based,that have had a particular effect in my life recently.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:37 AM by linda morris
I am struggling here right now in some areas of my life.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:50 AM by Teri Smith
I am struggling with several of these areas. I could use some insight
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:01 AM by jessica stewart
This is great info to have!
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:06 AM by Paula
I am truly thankful to be FREE from these emotional entanglements! This bondage has had me trapped for most of my life and still had my husband enslaved as I write this. I am having to be emotionally "seperated" from him because he cannot see the chanis that have nearly destroyed us. Please pray for him and me as I feel as if I am battling him and the enemy too. I know we dont war against flesh and blood but when you live and have intimate relations with someone who is gripped by emotional turmoil, boundaries have to be put in place or you will revert back to the sin. I am believing Him for my spouse's deliverance in Jesus name!!!!!!!!!
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:09 AM by Laura W. Smith
Thank you for sharing God's truth!
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:11 AM by Krista
Great word to fight what the enemy throws at us.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:15 AM by Amber
Just "randomly" clicking through my Facebook newsfeed and this post jumped out at me. Not an accident by any means and I'll join those above who have already shared this is right where I am today. Disappointed, defeated and close to despair. I was challenged by your other post this week about planning a Bible study for the summer, to not get out of the Word with the coming of vacation time. I confess I've fallen out of His Word during this devastatingly long and hard winter. Thank you for this blog post, I will definitely be checking out this book and future posts on this subject, but mostly I am right now getting off the computer and getting out my Bible.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:16 AM by Sue
Thank you for posting this great encouragement and reminder that Satan wants us to feel defeated. I needed to hear all this and also all the comments people posted.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:22 AM by Bev
Right on time!
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:44 AM by
Send blog
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:56 AM by Kristi
True, our only hope is to stay in the Word.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 10:21 AM by Sharon Doornink
Thankyou Kay Sure do need this right now.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 11:11 AM by Mary Fox
Headed to a jail visitation, thank you for your service and obedience to Lord, God's timing is impeccable.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 11:55 AM by cheryl
Thanks for the encouragement!!!
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 1:08 PM by Liv Ebdon
Thank you for putting this information out here. I agree with Gods word, We need to stay on Guard! for that enemy of ours is always prowling around searching for someone to devour! I choose GOD. thank you Jesus!
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 1:58 PM by
this is easy to understand, so important
Posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 7:55 AM by Monica M Martin
I am SO here right now. THANK YOU Father for showing me this today!
Posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 1:48 PM by Judi
This was the first thing Kay taught us when I started doing Precept Upon Precept 33 years ago and is certainly still relevant today, and always will be until Jesus comes back.
Posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 1:56 PM by Doris Veenker
Exactly what I needed right now. I am there. Being in the ministry is so utterly discouraging.
Posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 2:26 PM by Sherre Ungar
Thank you!
Posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 3:33 PM by Nancy
Just on time with this word! I look forward to the remaining posts!
Posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 7:10 PM by MJ
Read this
Posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:58 PM by Sarah
I really needed these words today Thank You.
Posted @ Monday, October 28, 2013 12:21 PM by Bernadette Burgess
Excellent as everything is that I've seen from Precept.
Posted @ Monday, October 28, 2013 3:24 PM by Marie Warnock
Thank you for not compromising the Word of God. God bless your, your ministry and the works of your hands.
Posted @ Sunday, November 10, 2013 1:10 PM by Susan werk
First three paragraphs: what I am. Trying to find a reason to even get out of bed each morning.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 1:14 PM by Mara
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 1:24 PM by Samantha Bellue
I'm looking forward to the rest of the posts. Thanks.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 1:41 PM by Carla
GOD is so good! Been in these Deadly D's for the past couple of years, but Thanks be to God our Father who gives us the victory through our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ! I'm out now & want to stay out so thank u for these teachings!
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 1:52 PM by Barbara Leidig
This is good.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:05 PM by Jen Koning
I really need this now in my life.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:36 PM by Linda Burgess
Just where the enemy wants to take me, but God, has been my rock during this trial time, fear has been debilitating, but the word had given me strength. 
Thank you.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:49 PM by Lurdez
While I do agree with the article, we should remember that, within the church, we are all at various stages of our walk with the Lord. Sometimes you need to reach the point of desperation before you realize His Hand is extended to pull you out. I think it's important that we not bypass the emotional stages of grieving and add to another's burden by loading them with scriptural "guilt." I see this happen often in the church. And to that end, the closer you are with your Savior at all times, the easier it will be to take the crushing blows of life. You cannot know the peace of God if you are not soaking in His presence continually.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 3:03 PM by Brenda
Thank you.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 5:07 PM by match
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 5:10 PM by FRANCISCA REYES
Please send me the deadly D's along with other posts. Thank you kindly. Patricia Campbell
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 6:28 PM by Patricia Campbell
So grateful for all you do.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 6:44 PM by Heather
Love this encouragement...and reminders.... This is what is happening to me now... 
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 7:21 PM by Margie
Thank u this article on the deadly d's, I have often experienced discouragement , this last week God led me away from a 35 year marriage , I am learning how to live life as a single woman , and am fighting discouragement moment by moment daily!
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:21 PM by Margaret
post to my e mail
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:12 PM by johnnie barnes
This is timely for me. I'm facing this right now... and I haven't handled it right... yet. Thank you for sharing this.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:06 PM by sandra
Thank you for posting this on the 5 deadly D's, it is much needed as I just went through is a long story but I am still here but it was good to read this so that I will not repeat this spiral of downhill death.... I felt like I had nowhere but down to go, but God is good I am just starting yo recover and I am thankful that The Lord can use the mess into a message. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:12 PM by Pat Wood
A perfect time for this
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 12:36 AM by Penny
Thanks for such a wonderful article. Can I share this on my blog?
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 6:18 AM by Patti Smith
Patti Smith 
Of course you may share this on your blog! We love it when someone links to us.  
David Lawson, the Precept  
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 7:45 AM by Precept Team
Please subscribe me to the blog.
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 8:07 AM by Lynn Springer
We can't subscribe you to blog. That is something each person has to do on their own.  
You will find a place to subscribe on the left hand side of this column, right above a button that says "Resource Library".  
Thanks for reading, and thanks for connecting with us.  
David, the Precept Team
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 8:18 AM by Precept Team
I would like to subscribe the blog please. Thank you.
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 9:12 AM by Joanna Luna
Just am climbing out of all this. God is so.patient and kind. He taught so much during the journey I didn't want to take.
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 11:10 AM by Joannr
Thanks. Tithe enemy is the devil
Posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:20 PM by Patti smith
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