Summary: A vicious battle is being waged for the souls of men and women in the spiritual realm. It is a battle between God and Satan and the outcome will determine whether the truth of Jesus and His Lordship will reign in a person’s life, or whether the deception
The Strategies of Satan
A vicious battle is being waged for the souls of men and women in the spiritual realm. It is a battle between God and Satan and the outcome will determine whether the truth of Jesus and His Lordship will reign in a person’s life, or whether the deception of Satan will triumph.
Mankind is caught in the midst of a spiritual war with the Kingdom of God and Satan and his demons on the other.
Jesus Christ inspires believing Christians to dedicate themselves to the extension of His Kingdom throughout the world. Satan tries to seduce people to follow him for the extension of his demonic kingdom.
The devil seeks to corrupt and destroy individual believers, churches, and even entire nations. His ultimate intention is to destroy the work of God and lead the whole world in rebellion against God.
Satan goes "to and fro" in the earth and walks up and down in it.
And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” - Job 1:7
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. - 1 Peter 5:8
The earth seems to be the special field of his activity. Satan and his host of spirit beings exercise their activity among people on the earth.
He operates in his own children and he operates against the children of God. These are the two spheres in which Satan functions.
Being destined to eternal hell, the devil wants nothing more than to bring human beings to join him in his own eternal damnation.
Satan offered Christ the kingdoms of the world in return for worship. This was a valid offer as the world was under his dominion.
From the fall of Adam until the advent of Christ, Satan was given a dispensation to bind the nations. That is why Satan was able to offer Christ the kingdoms of the world during the temptation in the wilderness. Jesus did not correct Satan about his offer. He simply refused the offer.
Satan is the god of this world and greatly influences the actions of human beings. Subject to God’s overruling power, he is allowed to strike at nations and influence the behavior of earthly rulers. God clearly shows that Satan sets fallen spirits over various worldly governments who have great influence and power over their activities. The devil also uses civil authority to war against the followers of Christ.
Christians today are indeed engaged in the same manner of spiritual warfare that Jesus and His disciples confronted.
It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. - Revelation 13:7
The Bible shows that God desires all His children to grow in character and power and to conform to the image of Jesus Christ.
Because of their potential to grow more like Jesus and to advance the Kingdom of God, those who follow Jesus are under greater demonic attack than unbelievers.
The following are some of the strategies Satan uses to harm the Kingdom of God:
1. He Tempts
Satan is the one behind the temptations of mankind. Scripture is full of examples of this strategy such as Eve in the Garden of Eden, Judas the disciple who betrayed Jesus, and Jesus Himself in the wilderness.
Believers do not have the power to resist the devil on their own. Although God allows Satan to tempt Christians, He always provides them with a way out.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13
2. He Deceives
Satan knows that to persuade anyone to walk down the road to destruction with him, he must coerce them to agree with his precepts. He cannot force anyone to enter into a life of evil. He must therefore rely on subtlety and deception.
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. - Revelation 12:9
The devil creates doubts and deceptions in people's minds and twists what God says in order to deceive them and tempt them into sinning.
3. The Counterfeiter
The devil can perform all kinds of counterfeit signs, wonders, and miracles and will use every sort of evil to accomplish his plans.