Say No to the Wolf


by Katy Kauffman


I met my first wolf as a preteen visiting the city zoo in Paris, France. He was black, and I think he liked me. As I walked back and forth in front of his fenced habitat taking pictures of the wolves, he followed me. Head down. I got a kick out of this and started walking faster back and forth in front of him, hoping he would keep following me. He did. My mom called out for me to stop. I think she was wiser than I. Not too long after that, I encountered a different wolf. As a teenager, I began having tormenting, negative thoughts. After a while, my mom realized they were coming from a spiritual enemy.


They hounded me until I understood they were based on lies and I could say no to them. It worked, and that wolf left. About fifteen years later, another wolf hounded me. In my late twenties, I experienced a spiritual battle that topped all of the others. Negative thoughts, fear, frustration, oppression, and depression. The battle (which I had brought on myself) became so severe, that it was hard to sleep, pray, or even sing praise songs. I stopped my blogging and buried myself in Scripture. I found hope there. I read about real men and women who battled darkness— whether it was Satan or their own fears or struggles. I saw what they needed to do to win the victory, and I saw what God did for them. The notes I wrote down about their stories turned into a blog series, then a Bible study to teach at church, and later a book. Faith, Courage, and Victory is the result of God turning my hardest spiritual battle into a whole lot of good. I’m forever grateful.


Jesus taught about a certain wolf that likes to mess with God’s sheep (John 10:10, 12). Satan and his forces enjoy hounding us with whatever they can use to make us afraid, lonely, distracted, frustrated, or depressed. But the spiritual forces that come against us are nothing compared to the great and mighty power of the God of the universe (Ephesians 3:20; Ephesians 6:10-13; Psalm 18:17, 27:1, 29:11, 91:14-16; Mark 1:34). Jesus, our Good Shepherd, protects and empowers His sheep. When we stay close to the Shepherd, we can count on His help to say no to the wolf that wants to make us afraid. We can refuse the spiritual depression and negative thoughts he sends our way.


If you’re going through a season of spiritual depression right now, or a difficult spiritual battle, be convinced of the mighty power of God to rescue you. Your deliverance will require both God’s work in your life and your cooperation. But it’s possible. No wolf is bigger than God. No demon is stronger than the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember how God has helped you in the past, and trust Him to be with you now. Do what you need to do, to stop walking in front of the wolf ’s cage. Come away and bury yourself in Scripture, draw close to the Shepherd, and revel in the strength and joy that come with knowing our great God. Say no to the wolf, and flourish in the victory that God provides.


“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord
and in the power of His might.”
Ephesians 6:10 NKJV

 

© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman

*This article is an excerpt from Breaking the Chains, published by Lighthouse Bible Studies (Buford: Georgia, 2017), pages 147-148. 

 

This article comes from Breaking the Chains: Strategies for Overcoming Spiritual Bondage, a compilation written by twenty authors. This book shares stories and strategies for how to overcome over twenty-five forms of spiritual bondage. If you would like to learn more about this book, visit our website or Amazon. Our site has a link to a free leader guide for using the book in a group study.

 

One final thought: Sometimes we don’t recognize that the source of a problem or difficulty is our spiritual enemy. What are some signs that a spiritual wolf is trying to steal our joy, peace, or strength, and how can we be alert to any ambushes?

We don’t want to become overly focused on Satan’s strategies, since we want to keep our focus on the Victor. But how can we practice God’s warning in 1 Peter 5:8? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

“Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil walks about
like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
1 Peter 5:8 NKJV

 

spiritual warfare, spiritual battles, Satan, victory, Breaking the Chains, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Comments (14)

  • anon

    Katy,
    "I can't fight him." Those were some of my son's last words to me. I wish he had understood that his wolf was not greater than God. Thank you for the encouragement as I study scripture and see nothing is impossible for my God, not even despair.

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    Karisa, that breaks my heart. I wish he had understood too. I know you are helping people to know the truth. In the struggles I've been through, I've seen how small I am compared to Satan's power, but also how big God is. I'm praying that other hearts understand God's greatness! Thank you for sharing, and may God bless your ministry. 
     

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    Can only add a hearty "Amen" Ms. Katy. Satan, that old wolf, is as cunning as he is dangerous. Sometimes, like the wolf you met in the Paris Zoo, will seem to merely shadow you. In reality, he's sizing you up for an attack. He's watching and listening; trying to find every vulnerability he can use to his advantage in an attack. Your approach of prayerfully staying in the Word is the best defense I think. Thank you for sharing this wonderful lesson.

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    I like what you said about prayerfully staying in the Word. It builds closeness to God and helps us to submit to Him and to resist the devil (James 4:7-8). Thank you for the comments, J.D. 
     

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    This is "good stuff," Katy! I especially liked this powerful statement: "No wolf is bigger than God." And I loved how you backed that up with practical ways to put that thought into action! 
    1) Remember God's faithfulness in the past and trust him in the present. 
    2) Remove yourself from the presence of the wolf. 
    3) Immerse yourself into Scripture to draw near to the Shepherd
    4) Revel in God' strength and the joy he provides.
    5) Say no to Satan and yes to God's victories! 
    SUCH GOOD STUFF, Katy! Thanks for sharing! 

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    Julie, I like your list of points. :) Numbered like that and right in a row. Thank you for the comment and encouragement. 
     

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    Beautifully written, Katy. I've read the article in "Breaking the Chains", but loved hearing the message again. We can never hear the "good news" too many times. We've all experienced the wolves in our lives--multiple times. But, it helps to hear the good stories about Satan's defeat and be reminded that God is more powerful than any wolf. It's our job to spread that message.

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    I'm so glad you recognized the article! Thank you, Katherine, for your comment. I'm glad we share that job of spreading the message. 
     

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    What an insightful article to remind us to focus on God and His Word! Philippians 1:6 helped me fight the “wolfish” thought that I’d never grow in Christ. Your lead set up a perfect analogy. 

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you, Jeannie, for sharing about that struggle. Scripture is a powerful muzzle on those wolfish thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and reading and leaving a note!
     
     

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    The spiritual battle keeps crossing my path in things I read and encounter. God appears to be preparing me to fight. Thanks for your insights. 

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    I prayed right now for you, Loretta, in case a spiritual battle comes up soon. Thank you for stopping here and reading. I appreciate your comment, and may God guide you and strengthen you. 
     

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    Thanks for the reminder to stay alert. Too often we can unknowingly walk ourselves into the snare of the enemy by not watching what we do. For football, they say the best defense is a good offense. I think that is true in spiritual battles as well. We need to actively saturate ourselves with the Word of God, prayer, worship, and Christan fellowship to not make ourselves easy prey to the wolf.

    Jan 15, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing those things, Joanna. I like it that you said to take a proactive approach. Guarding our hearts, minds, and lives is an active choice, and those habits work! 
     

    Jan 15, 2019

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