Summary: It’s important to recognize how our enemy works so we can be prepared to fight and win the spiritual battles we face. Let’s see what we can learn about Satan’s mode of operation.
SATAN’S MODUS OPERANDI
INTRODUCTION: Satan is real. Some people think Satan is not a literal being. They take the ‘D’ out of ‘devil’ so that you don’t have the person of the devil; you instead have the influence of evil. But that’s not reality. Satan’s greatest deception is to convince people that he doesn’t exist. If he can do that he can attack and succeed at will. Preacher Billy Sunday said, "I know the devil is real for two reasons: #1, because the Bible says so, and #2, because I’ve done business with him.” Jesus told Peter and Andrew in Matt. 4:19 that he was going to make them fishers of men. Unfortunately, Satan is also a fisher of men. He, like a good fisherman, looks for the best fishing spots, uses the best bait in order to get us hooked, and is very patient. There’s a quote that goes, “There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net.” It’s important to recognize how our enemy works so we can be prepared to fight and win the spiritual battles we face. Let’s see what we can learn about Satan’s mode of operation.
1) Satan is the accuser. The Hebrew name for Satan means ‘accuser’. Satan went to God and accused Job of basically being nothing more than a fair-weather follower. Satan is not only an accuser of us to God. He is also an accuser of God to us. Gen. 2:15-17, 3:1-5. “You won’t die. He just doesn’t want you to be like him.” Satan accused God of lying. Then he accused God of holding out, trying to deprive Eve of something good. Fight: Zechariah. 3:1-4 (Zec. next to last book of OT). As the accuser, Satan wants me to think he still has the ability to succeed in bringing accusations before God. But God rebukes Satan and comes to our rescue. Rev. 12:10. The accusations have been silenced through Jesus.
2) Satan is the father of lies. John 8:44. Jesus said Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Satan lied to Eve-Gen. 3:4, “You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman.” Satan is the liar, but he wants to make God out to be the liar. What are some of the lies he tells us today? Oh, this won’t hurt you; it’s no big deal. Or, God doesn’t love you. You don’t need God. Or, there’s no such thing as God, there’s no such thing as the devil, there’s no such thing as heaven, there’s no such thing as hell. Fight: Jack Nicholson in ‘A Few Good Men’. “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth.” Satan can’t handle the truth. Because he can’t handle the truth, the truth is the best weapon of defense against him (Eph. 6:17-the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, our offensive weapon). We know Satan can’t handle the truth; the question is, can we? John 8:42-43. Can we handle what the truth says about us? And if we are in agreement with the truth, we then need to know how to correctly handle the truth. As a warrior must develop skills in handling a sword, we need to know how to use God’s word effectively against Satan’s clever tactics. Jesus said in John 16:13 that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. We have the power of the Holy Spirit guiding us. He will prompt us when Satan’s lies are coming at us. We just need to be open to His guidance.