Soft targets are places that are easily accessible with little to no protection, making them susceptible to an attack. Spiritually, our soft targets are vulnerable areas in our lives that the enemy tries to exploit. Substance abuse, sex, gossip, unforgiveness, jealousy, selfishness and anxiety are all soft targets. Our enemy attacks us where we are weak and tries to use our weakness to separate us from God’s love.
“For I am certain that nothing can separate us from God’s love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 GNT
As believers, we strengthen those areas in which we are weak through preparation, discipline and agility.
Prepare: The enemy begins each attack with a thought. You have the affair, use the drugs, spend the money, fear and quit in your mind before it manifests itself in your life. Do not wait for the enemy to attack you, prepare in advance to combat the assault, that means not being conformed to this world, but being transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:8). We renew our minds by meditating on God’s word. So, when the enemy attacks you with negative thoughts and feelings you can defend yourself with the word of God.
Discipline: To fortify those soft targets in your life, you are going to have to be disciplined. If you know talking to someone or consuming certain substances, images, music, etc. elicits a negative reaction from you then change your routine and habits in order to stay away from those adverse things and people. Create a new way of living that will bring you closer to God. That may mean giving up on some things and people that make you feel good but is not good for you. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it is painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way (Hebrews 12:11).
Agility: When you begin to change and make progress in your life the enemy will alter the way he attacks you and you must be agile enough to change your defenses. If he can no longer tempt you through money, then he may try to tempt you with sex. If he can’t tempt you with drugs and alcohol, then he will come at you in your health. If he can no longer defeat you in your thinking, then he will come at you in your relationships. Guard against new attacks by remaining faithful to God and remembering that the same God who saved, healed and delivered you before will do it again.
We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus and no attack of the enemy will prevail against us if we remain prepared, disciplined and agile.