God is our spiritual ally and we also have a spiritual enemy, the devil. The devil has many names and is manifested in many forms in the scriptures. He is presented in the scriptures as a serpent (Genesis 3), the leviathan (Job 41), an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11), a roaring lion (1 Peter 5) and a great dragon (Revelation 12). From the beginning, it has been his desire to be like God, without being in submission to God Almighty. He works to counter or hinder what God does in the world and in the lives of individuals like you and me. 2 Corinthians 2:11 warns us: “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” In Job 41:12, the Lord God Himself states, “I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.” Throughout the scriptures, the Lord has made our enemy’s plans and tactics transparent so we can recognize his works, especially those meant to trip us and cause us to fall or fail. In this lesson, we will see “his devices” against us as:
- A Deceiver / Counterfeiter
- A Tempter / Hinderer
- An Attacker / Accuser
Deceiver / Counterfeiter
The devil seeks to be “like the Most High,” but on his own terms Isaiah 14:12-15
- The enemy is subtle and deceitful. Genesis 3:1, Acts 13:8-10, 2Corinthians 11:3, 2Thessalonians 2:8-10
- The enemy counterfeits God and His works. 2Corinthians 11:13-15, 2Thessalonians 2:3-4
- The enemy twists God’s truth and seeks to draw people away from it. Genesis 3:1-5, 2Corinthians 2:10-11, John 8:44
Tempter / Hinderer
The devil has always tried to hinder God’s plans. As the Lord works with the souls of men, that is where the enemy places his focus 1Thessalonians 3:5
- The enemy knows the weaknesses of mankind. Job 1:9-11, Job 2:4-5, Matthew 4:1-9, 1Corinthians 7:4-5, 1Timothy 3:1-7
- The enemy is active in tempting, trapping and hindering mankind. Zechariah 3:1, Matthew 16:21-23, Mark 4:15, Ephesians 6:11, 1Thessalonians 2:18, 2Timothy 2:24-26
- The enemy is limited to what God allows. Job 1:12, Job 2:6, John 13:21-27, 1Corinthians 10:13
Attacker / Accuser
The devil seeks to pinpoint our weaknesses in his attacks and accusations 1Peter 5:8
- The enemy can attack us physically. Job 2:4-7, Matthew 4:1-4, 1Corinthians 5:1-5, 2Corinthians 12:7
- The enemy can attack us spiritually. Genesis 3:1-7, Job 41:1, 12, 34, Matthew 4:5-7, 1Timothy 5:11-15, Revelation 12:9-10, Ephesians 6:11-16
- The enemy’s most effective attack is on our minds or thoughts. Psalm 7:1-2, Ephesians 4:26-27, Luke 22:31-32, Matthew 4:8-10, 2Corinthians 4:3-4, 2Corinthians 10:3-6, Revelation 12:9-10
Digging Deeper – How do we overcome this enemy?
In 1 Peter 5:8, the Lord refers to the devil as a roaring lion (a counterfeit of the real Lion, Jesus Christ, Revelation 5:5) walking about, seeking whom he may devour. What would you do in the face of such an aggressive attack? Looking at the instructions below, how can you apply this practically today, knowing the specific tactics of the enemy in your own life?
- Fleeing: It has been said, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. In many cases, the attacks of the enemy might overwhelm a new or unsteady believer. Your best option here is to remove yourself from the situation. 1Corinthians 6:18, 1Corinthians 10:14, 1Timothy 6:9-11, 2Timothy 2:22, Proverbs 4:14-15
- Standing: We are not called to fight, merely to stand, which is a sign of spiritual maturity. Ephesians 6:11-14, Matthew 4:1-11, James 4:7, 1Peter 5:8-9, 1Corinthians 16:13
- Understanding: First, it is the Lord’s battle to fight - so above all, you need Him to intercede and fight your battles. Secondly, it is important to understand the enemy’s end. Zechariah 3:2, Jude 1:9, Genesis 3:15, Romans 16:20, Colossians 2:10, 15, 2Thessalonians 2:8, Hebrews 2:14-15, 1John 4:4
Meditating on the Word:
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.