Summary: A look at the different ways employed by the devil to trip up the Christian.
Eph. 6:10-13 - 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the
Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole
armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh
and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may
be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
We should know that satan hurls his fiery darts at us on a
A. I am sure that we understand that those darts are
not physical arrows.
1. If we understand that, we need to understand
just what they ARE.
The arrows that can kill us, spiritually, if we don’t use the
armor which God has given us......these arrows are the
many areas in which we are susceptible to temptation.
A. Understand that satan will, most likely, not tempt
any one of us to take drugs, get drunk, commit
suicide, kill someone else, etc., etc..
We need to be prepared for reality.......for that which we
could, very probably, be tempted.
A. The best way in which to be prepared is
KNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNITION!!!
1. We must know where the attacks will come
a. We’re in the army of God........an army
will never win a battle if the enemy has
the advantage of surprise.
Let us take a look as some of the areas in which satan will,
quite often, tempt and trip us up.
I. We are susceptible to doubt........doubt is the opposite of
Heb. 10:22-23 - 22let us draw near with a true heart in
full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an
evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without
wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
A. Doubt is an attack, by the devil, upon our belief
structure....upon our trust in the unseen and
that which we have not physically experienced.
1. Doubt......if allowed a foothold......can and
often does produce a defeating attitude.
2. Doubt can cause one to resist the truth.
a. satan will work in traditions......those
things or habits that are already familiar
1.) Doing something differently or
something that challenges our
strongly held beliefs, can lock us
up in fear.
a.) This fear will cause us to not
step out on faith.
EXAMPLE: There are many examples......in physical
realms, where a person has died.....rather than
do what is necessary to live.
a. Won’t jump into a net from a burning
b. Won’t make a leap to a rope to escape
a raging flood.
c. Won’t jump from a crashing plane even
though he has a perfectly good
** Doubt produces fear..........fear incapacitates a person
so that he/she won’t act in his/her best interests.
b. There are times when we must throw off
the shackles of traditions, previously held
beliefs, and doctrines of men.
1.) Resisting the truth as we can know
it from God.......locks us in our
prejudices, false beliefs, and
traditions of destruction.
a.) Just because we have “always
should not be the validation
of that belief......God’s Word
may....and often does.....
challenge our pre-formed
ideas...........WE MUST BE
ABLE TO STEP OUT, ON
FAITH AND REJECT
ANYTHING THAT GOES
AGAINST THE WORD!!
B. Doubt will block God’s blessings that He has in
store for the person of faith.
James 1:2-8 - 2My brethren, count it all joy when you fall
into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith
produces patience. 4But let patience have its perfect work,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5If
any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to
all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to
him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he
who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by
the wind. 7For let not that man suppose that he will
receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded
man, unstable in all his ways.
1. God only blesses in proportion to our faith.
a. More specifically, we can see....over-and
-over again that God blesses in
proportion to OUR MEASURE OF
** Doubt will block some or all of the blessings that God
has in store for us.
C. Doubt will block our hearts best impulses......
doubt will hold us back from doing the right thing.
1. The Holy Spirit cannot work, in an effective
way, in the heart of one who has little or no
a. Our doubting limits or rejects the Holy
Spirit working in our lives.