On guard

Paul warns that Satan can take advantage and a believer should not be ignorant or naïve regarding the strategies of Satan. (II Corinthians 2:11)

Deception: Satan is a liar, and he is the father of lies. (John 8:44) Hence, he will always use falsehood, lies, untruths, half-truths, twisted truths, and misinterpretation of Scripture to deceive. He deceived Eve, by stating that they would not die. (Genesis 3:4,5)

Doubt: Satan sows the seed of doubt in the hearts of believers. The serpent in the Garden of Eden asked Eve; Did God really say? Peter as he walked on water, doubted, and was rescued by the Lord. He was rebuked for his doubt, and having feeble faith. (Matthew 14:31) Satan also whispers in the ears of believers that God does not love them. Believing such whispers makes the believers disturbed and disillusioned.

Distraction: Humans are like sheep prone to go astray. (Isaiah 53:6) The seed that was sown among the thorns did not bring forth fruit as it was distracted by the cares of the world and deceitful riches. (Matthew 13:22)

Discouragement: Satan uses discouragement optimally against people of God. Believers could be discouraged by criticisms, persecution, harassment, and unproductive spiritual life. Many missionaries who toil in remote places feel discouraged. Leaders who carry huge burdens alone are often discouraged. Paralyzed by discouragement, many good leaders do not excel in their ministry.

Division: Satan could create divisions: divided loyalty, divided family, and divided communities. Satan impresses a believer that absolute loyalty is not essential. They need not give all of theirs to God’s kingdom. God is love and will not always punish. David prays for an undivided heart. (Psalms 86:11) Satan also brings division in the family by separating spouses or children from parents or among siblings. Like in the Corinth church, congregations could be divided by celebrity following, caste, clan, language, or class.

Defeated Satan: Satan is a defeated foe roaming like a lion looking for an opportunity to devour. (I Peter 5:8) With the Word of testimony and the blood of Lord Jesus Christ, believers should overcome him. (Revelation 12:11)

Do I always overcome Satan?

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