I believe that one of the strongest weapons in the enemy's arsenal that he consistently uses against believers is diversion. Essentially, he will keep you distracted from seeing what God is doing in your life by drawing your attention toward everything that's out of sorts, out of balance, and out of alignment. When his scheme is successful, you then become so focused on what's wrong, that you can no longer recognize all the positives that far outweigh the negatives in your situation.
You see, the enemy doesn't want you to meditate on all the awesome doors God is opening for you, so he'll show you all the doors that are currently closed in your face. That way, you'll be so consumed with your failures, that you'll overlook your successes. You'll end up moping when you should be praising; crying tears of sadness when you should be crying tears of joy; complaining when you should be thanking; mourning those dead things that you ought be releasing...
Can you see how the cycle works?
Sadly, many times in our own lives, we don't realize that our adversary has a hold on our minds. We forget that we're in a spiritual war and that our minds are the battleground. If Satan can gain a foothold in your mind, the rest is easy. He's already got you then. I once heard someone say, "Don't let the devil rent space in your head. He's a terrible tenant!" If you allow him to, he'll run roughshod over you, tear down the places God has built up, and leave you in need of extensive repairs.
Instead of allowing the enemy to have free reign over your thoughts and attitudes, thus diverting your attention away from all the wonderful ways God is making on your behalf, you have to constantly be doing what the Bible says: "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
You can't afford to get sidetracked at such a crucial time, because when you're going through hard trials and tribulations you're more susceptible to attacks--that is, if you're not keeping your spirit built up through prayer and the word of God. If you're not careful, you'll be miserably depressed, hopeless, and in despair.
And that's certainly not what God has for you! He wants you to live life abundantly and to the fullest. (See John 10:10) So here's what you have to do. When the enemy comes against you, don't feed into all the subtle lies and diversionary tactics. Rather choose to think about God's goodness. Make a decision to praise the Lord for what He's done up to this point, and refuse to get sucked into the enemy's plan.
Do what Philippians 4:8 advises: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." (NKJV)
Once you shift your thinking, suddenly your eyes will be open and everywhere you look, you'll see a blessing. I admonish you right now to change your focus so you can see what God IS doing.
As always, thanks for reading, and until next time... may you be empowered to prosper!