Crouching. Prowling. Deceiving. Devouring.
These are the action verbs Scripture uses to describe how our Enemy wars against us. In one of the earliest conversations with mankind, God tells us that sin is "crouching at the door" trying to dominate us. Fear and anxiety are two of the most treacherous battlegrounds where Satan often finds much success.
Since 2020, depression and anxiety prescriptions have reached an all-time high. Recent reports from Forbes and the American Psychiatric Association revealed that anxiety disorders grew from about 298 million people to 374 million. This is a 25% increase.
Of course, you won't find everything in governmental or medical records. Drug, alcohol, and sex addictions, isolation and insulation, extreme apathy, and obsessive over-achievement are all indicators that stress is controlling more people than we realize or care to admit.
Thankfully, God has answers from Genesis to Revelation on how to overcome the evil strategies of the Enemy. How to scale the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that feel like mountains in our lives.
Over the next few weeks, we will study how Satan schemes against us and how we can effectively battle anxiety, fear, and sin as we navigate the Christian life and strive to follow the plans of God. We have a Guide. He's given us a compass. We don't have to be lost.