SATANíS MANY DEVICES
Garden City church of Christ, Garden City, Michigan
One thing that we should learn is not to be ignorant of Satanís many devices. †We read in II Corinthians ďLess Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.Ē We need to realize that Satan is constantly trying to find out what it is that can carry us away from God. †But if we stay tuned into the Word of God then we will be less susceptible to falling for his devices. †Satan prefers to have good company (Job 1:5) and is always ready and willing to tempt the children of God. †Remember Eve? †Who did she quickly put the blame on when she was tempted? †It was Satan, disguised as a serpent! Later, Satan came to tempt the Son of God asking Him to ď... command that these stones be made breadĒ (Matthew 4:3). †Jesus did not succumb to Satanís temptation as he responded with ďit is written.Ē †Jesus, the Son of God, in the form of a man, knew about Satanís devices and was not about to sin.
Satan is the Prince of the World!
Jesus is our Prophet, Priest and King, but Satan is the Prince of this world! There is nothing that Satan would like better than to get you and I wrapped up in the materialistic things of his worldly kingdom so that our minds will be made distant of doing those things that will please our Father. †Do you think heís succeeding? †Sure he is, and itís because man does not think enough about his soul to be concerned about where it will end up! †We better make sure we are doing everything possible to ensure that we are going to heaven because Satan certainly will not be there (John ). †All Satan does is cause war.† He has the power to just annoy! †The apostle Paul wrote: ďFor we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high placesĒ (Ephesians ). †Man wrestles within himself because Satan is doing everything possible to lead us away from God.
Satan is a Deceiver and a Murderer!
We need to recognize who Satan is and what he is all about. †The student of Godís Word will know the things that are pleasing to God and then realize that anything contrary to Godís will is something Satan would not only approve of, but try to get us to do! †Jesus said: ďYe are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. †He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. †When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of itĒ (John ). †Satan is nothing but a liar! †When someone tries to sweet talk us into doing something that we KNOW is contrary to Bible teaching, it is Satanís deception at work.
Satan is a Hindrance to Our Salvation!
Oh how much easier it would be to stay on that straight and narrow road to heaven if Satan wasnít in the way! †Notice what the Bible says concerning Satanís hindrance to our salvation: ďIn whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto themĒ (II Corinthians 4:4). †He has blinded the minds of many people, keeping them from believing the truth of Jesus Christ who is ď... the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey himĒ (Hebrews 5:9). †Jesus has the truth and it has been revealed to us through His gospel. †Satan says he has the truth, but he is a liar! †He hinders our salvation! †In the parable of the sower Jesus talked about Satan as being the one who takes the word away from the hearts of those who hear the word of God, so that they will not believe the teaching of Christ and be saved (Luke 8:12).
Satan will always try to make Godís Word serve his purpose (Matthew 4:5-6). †But we should always strive to resist him (James 4:7). †Let us be ready and willing to fight Satan by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians ).