This blog is part of a series and the first one can be found in the following link (The Things Satan Attacks – Part 1). My intention is to remind is about how our enemy operates by using instances of where he is mentioned or appears in scripture.
Sometimes we forget that our enemy’s aim an ALL his desires and intentions are to destroy us. He doesn’t play nice; he doesn’t play fair and he plays to win. This is why we must always be alert and sober.
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
When Satan is prowling around and seeking to destroy, will he be able to destroy you? He shouldn’t and wouldn’t right? But that depends upon us! A big part of this is understanding how he comes and the techniques he uses in this spiritual battle. Just as in war, battles are won by the training and equipping of it’s soldiers, in spiritual war the same thing applies. One of the ways this equipping takes place is by studying the enemy.
Lets do so now by looking at the following scriptures.
Luke 22:1-6 1 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money.
Acts 5:3 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?
Take note of Luke 22 and observe that there is a sequence of events here. The devil entered the heart of the Chief Priest first then used the Chief Priest to enter into the heart of Judas. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Yes it does, just look back in Genesis and we will see how he entered the heart of Eve then used her to enter into the heart of the one she loved, Adam. His tricks are not new, they are being continuously used since the beginning of time. Satan loves to attack our minds which subsequently feeds into attacking our hearts thus causing us to disbelieve God.
I like how in Acts 5:3 Peter states it this way, “how is it that Satan has so filled your heart”. This is a question to us all, “How it is that Satan has filled our hearts?” How is it that Satan has converted our hearts to think indifferently against God? This can be as big as us walking totally away from Him or as simple as not believing a few lines of scriptures (might I say both are equally dangerous). Be it major or perceived as simple don’t let the enemy fill our hearts to believe anything that is not aligned with the word of God. Hallelujah!
Today I remind someone to DON’T let the ENEMY fill your heart with doubt and disbelieve…!! This is the starting point for questioning God and the erosion of your Faith and without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). This is how the domino effect starts, and bit by bit the enemy gains ground in our life to destroy us and adversely affect our relationship with God.
The devil has his techniques and we have ours. I encourage someone today to use the one employed by Jesus when he was tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) and the enemy was trying to weaken his heart. During this encounter with Satan when he was feeding Jesus lies, Jesus rebutted 4 times by saying, “…it is written”. What is written must always be above what is said to us by others and also what is said to us by our own hearts (remember how our hearts are – Jeremiah 17:9)
Jesus chose to believe God’s truth which was written, than to believe the untruth of the enemy. What are you choosing to believe today? And I do emphasis that it is a choice, your choice.
I close by leaving you with some of my favorite scriptures which can act as an antidote to the devils poison of disbelief:
- Proverbs 4:23-25 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
- Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- Lamentations 3:24-26 The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD.
- Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
PS: Dane Miller was last seen actively search the bible for scriptures which can help him believe.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Author
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