Summary: Satan's reasons for doing what he does • To discredit God • To deceive Christians • To blind as many as he possibly can to truth • To cast aspersions on the word of God • To adulterate God's salvation plan by making the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus
Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ we have escaped the devil's influence
As we look at the world today we will find that mankind has a great fascination of and appreciation for those who are able to remove themselves from perplexing and troubling situations. The world has a great romance with the Harry Houdinis and David Copperfields of history, men who according to the human eyes have seemed to magically escape confinement although wrapped in chains, straight jackets, and handcuffs.
Our theaters reflect our attraction.
There are many movie titles that glorify the subject including: "Pappion", "The Great Escape," "Escape from Alcatraz" and others. These pander to our imaginations and feed and desire for allowing us to escape the pitfalls prepared for us by Satan to go over the Jordan and see a new and brighter day.
But there is no escape greater than the one shared by all believers; the escape from the grasp of the devil and his influence over our lives.
Even today, the devil wants to trap you in his grips, but thanks to Christ, the devil will be proven a liar once again. Always remember that Satan is a defeated foe.
A Christian who does not sharpen his or her spiritual understanding will not foresee the evil and is sure to get snared by Satan. This verse also tells us that those who are simple or biblically ignorant of Satan's devices will fall prey to them. (Eph 6:16 KJV) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
The word "darts" comes from a word which means "something that is thrown." In ancient times, one of the most capable weapons was the javelin which was thrown. The fiery darts come from both the wicked people and the wicked one (which is how the word is best interpreted). Even though we are saved, Satan will attempt to marshal his forces against the people of God. He is such a great deceiver, that even though he knows he is a defeated foe, he believes somehow he will be the victor. His greatest victim of his deceit is himself.
Satan's reasons for doing what he does
• To discredit God
• To deceive Christians
• To blind as many as he possibly can to truth
• To cast aspersions on the word of God
• To adulterate God's salvation plan by making the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ a part of salvation instead of all of it
(Eph 6:11 KJV) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The word "wiles" is the Greek word "methodeia" which carries with it the meaning of "strategy, scheming, or planned deceitful procedure."
This is why it is so important that we recognize early enough in our Christian walk some of the methods Satan uses to attack us in our Christian life.
Satan can never have us nor can he indwell us but he sure can cause havoc in a believer's life, however, nothing can happen to any child of God unless God approves it first and then whatever is approved, will work out for our benefit and spiritual growth. Let us now attend to some of the methods Satan uses.