One of the most sobering facts about life is that
all humans have a supernatural enemy whose aim is
to use pain and pleasure to make us blind, stupid,
The Scriptures call him “The devil and Satan,
the deceiver of the whole world . . . the accuser”
“The ruler of this world” (John 12:31),
and “The god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Right now, I am back on the battlefield.
When Satan, who is pure evil, rises against us
we must have our Spiritual armor in place,
so that we are able to stand strong and firm in the midst of these battles.
The enemy does not want us to fulfill God’s calling
in our lives. Satan is literally hell-bent on perverting and
preventing God’s plan. He wants to keep us ignorant
of God's will.
He does everything he can to deter us from hearing
God’s voice and sharing God's Word with others.
Spiritual warfare is not about a technique
to defeat Satan or his demons, but is all about having
a heart that walks closely with God.
Paul says in Ephesians,
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the powers, against the world forces of darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Our battle is against spiritual forces of evil in the world.
The reality of Satan and his evil forces should cause us
to draw nearer my God to Thee.
When God is first and foremost in our lives...
Satan lacks power over us...
despite his attempts to weaken
our efforts to pursue God.
Understanding our limitations frees us to put our trust
in God's limitless power and wisdom.
It allows me to live out my faith in front of my family.
When we come to the end of ourselves,
we arrive at a divine opportunity
to see God's grace show up amid the chaos.
The devil has tried to bait us with false teaching,
lure us into sin, and turn us against each other.
He does this to keep us from glorifying God
and walking in our calling.
He seeks to devour us (1 Pet. 5:8)
so we can no longer be a light to a lost world.
The enemy wants us to mess up (fall into sin),
give up (get discouraged),
get puffed up (live in arrogance),
split up (divide),
or shut up and quit spreading the Good News.
Messed up people are used to mess up others.
People who are messed up seem to get some comfort
or consolation from knowing that others are messed up
and miserable too.
We must know who the enemy is.
If we don't know who the real enemy is and how he operates,
chances are, we will not win.
Who exactly is Satan?
He is the one in Scripture who is called the “Evil one.”
Satan is also called the devil,
who possesses abhorrent qualities.
Satan is referred to in Scripture as the accuser,
the slanderer, the adversary, the enemy,
the father of lies, the murderer, the wicked one,
and the deceiver who leads humanity astray
by seducing humanity into the ways of lies and sin.
Satan is also described as a malicious, hostile,
evil-intentioned, evil-minded, venomous, vindictive,
accuser and adversary who is opposed to God and man.
Feelings of pride and rivalry toward God
grew within this spirit creature.
Satan's desire was for others to worship... him.
Satan's greatest deception is to lead us to believe
that he is not Satan.
Jesus meticulously called Satan a murderer
from the beginning.
Jesus identified Satan as the criminal mastermind
behind the corrupt world we live in.
He called him “the ruler of this world.”
(John 12:31; 16:11)
The Scriptures speak about the reality of a conflict
we face as believers.
We call that conflict
Satan and his forces are real.
A tactic of manipulators is intentionally
setting up misdeeds and then questioning
the victims' sanity for reacting to those misdeeds.
They provoke negative emotions,
then dismiss the victims' legitimate concerns
with labels like “Crazy”, Insane”, and “Sensitive”.
They are patronizing, unapologetic, and cowardly.
When they realize they are unable
to manipulate a strong soul…
they begin to manufacture insanity and chaos.
I believe God has intentionally allowed me
to have more than I can handle
so that I'm forced into deeper dependence on Him.
The impression that Satan intends to give of himself is
absolutely dissimilar from who he really is.
Satan is a deceptive liar and murderer.
He is notorious for twisting, blurring, and manipulating
people and situations.
He desires to express to the world
the very opposite traits. That is what liars do.
Satan tries to deceive us.
He tries to make situations look like the truth,
when in reality they are absolute lies; it is a deception.
Satan is our “Adversary who prowls around
like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”
(1 Peter 5:8).
Yet, in the most appalling and unwitting bondage,
the whole world willingly
“Follows the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience”
At his most successful, his subjects march obliviously
to destruction and take as many with them as they can.
Satan is notorious for crafting and twisting lies...
one might even find themselves feeling confused
over what is real truth.
Satan compels or entices his prey to follow him
whether they realize it or not.
By masking himself, he can tempt and deceive people
and he is still trying to hide and cover up, today.
Another one of Satan's battle tactics is...
erecting roadblocks and pitfalls to hinder the work of God.
He loves to find us spiritually withered and unprepared.
That makes his job of getting people on his path
and following his ways, easy.
The enemy is once again upset and would love to
shake up my mind, my attitude, my heart,
my faith, and my peace.
He wants us angry and off center...
so we will not be able to think clearly.
It's important for us to do whatever we can to avoid
unproductive arguments and keep our temper in check.
We should not retaliate, but go quietly on our way.
Let us remind ourselves that revenge should be so far beneath us
that we couldn't even stoop to reach it, if we tried.
Calmness is the crown of self control.
We must make a conscious choice to behave in accordance
with our values, despite our circumstances.
Satan endeavors to scrutinize, tempt, and discourage.
Satan is in the business of tearing people down.
He is an accuser, and he approaches people
with no love, but with a tone of condemnation.
He is constantly planting seeds of negativity.
His plan is to crush spirits and lay heavy burdens
and strongholds on his victims.
Satan doesn't want to see God's children
move in power and victory.
He and his troops are out to mislead;
and to persuade the willing soul
to believe in something that is not true.
He hurls all kinds of misleading thoughts
into the mind.
Satan conceals truth and targets the mind.