Understanding the Strategy of Satan… And how to win your spiritual battle! – Words to Live by
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan
Faith in God’s truth leads to victory; faith in Satan’s lies leads to defeat. However, Satan never advertises, “This is a lie!” He is the serpent, the deceiver and he always masquerades his lies as God’s truth. Satan did not approach Eve in his true nature; he masqueraded by using the serpent. Satan is a counterfeiter, an imitator.
Satan’s target is your mind, and his weapon are lies. What is his purpose? Satan’s purpose to make you ignorant of God’s will; Satan attacks God’s Word because God’s Word reveals God’s will. Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Apart from the Word of God, we have no sure understanding of the will of God.”
Psalm 33:11-c14 says the will of God is the expression of God’s love for us. God’s will comes from God’s heart. It is not an impersonal thing, but a very personal matter with the Lord. He has a personal understanding of each of us —our natures, our names, our needs—and he tailors his plans accordingly. God wants us to know his will. The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will. He wants his will to fill us and to influence us. If Satan can make you ignorant of God’s will, he will rob you of all the glorious blessings God has planned for your life. You will make bad decisions, get involved in destructive activities, and build the wrong kind of life. And, sad to say, you will influence others to go wrong!
In my ministry as a pastor, I have seen the tragic consequences of lives out of the will of God. Christians who are ignorant of God’s will lose God’s peace and power. They cannot grow into their full potential, nor can they accomplish what God has planned for them. Instead of living the first-class life, they complain and live like paupers because they have cut themselves off from God’s great plan. They waste their lives—when they could be investing their lives. But the one who does the will of God storms may come but the bounce back fast.
Finally What Is Our Defense
The Inspired Word of God and only the inspired Word of God can reveal and defeat the devil’s lies. You cannot reason with Satan, nor, (as Eve discovered) can you even safely converse with him. Man’s wisdom is no match for the strategy of Satan. Satan is too cunning. Our only defense is the inspired Word of God. It was this weapon that JESUS used when he was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Jesus did not use his divine power to defeat Satan. He used the same weapon that is available to us today: the Word of God. Jesus was led by the Spirit of God and filled with the Word of God. The Word of God is “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17); and the Holy Spirit can enable us to use that sword effectively. If you and I are going to defeat Satan’s lies, we must depend on the Word of God. Not Hype, not emotion, not pop phycology …the Word of God! There is no reason why any believer should be ignorant of his Bible. The Word of God is available to us in many translations. We have the Holy Spirit within us to teach us the truths of the Word (John 16:13-15). There are a multitude of Bible study helps available. We can turn on the radio or TV and listen to excellent preachers and Bible teachers expound God’s Word. We have great local churches to Attend. It’s time to stop living below your God given potential.
I remember when I decided to take as truth everything God’s Word says about everything in my life. That was the day my life changed for the better. Yours can too.