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Three Major Ways Satan Tries to Get Us

Three lies Satan wants us fixated on.

No matter how long we go on pursuing Christ and God’s perfect design for us, Satan, the enemy, is always after us. There is never even a sliver of time where Satan is not trying to turn us away from God’s design.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 )

And again:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:12–13)

Peter is not saying, “Just in case you are being attacked, be sober-minded.” Nor is Paul saying, “Just in case you are being attacked, put on the armor of God.” Of course not; Peter says the devil is like a lion who is trying to find his next meal. Paul says to put on the whole armor of God because the devil is always at war with us.

Satan wants us to get comfortable

I came to a realization one day—would I really know if I were slowly sinking into Satan’s trap? We are much like a frog in a pot that is slowly heating up. We do not notice he is after us because we are gradually warming up to our surroundings and don’t realize a slow and calculated attack incoming. As much as Satan does not want us reading our Bibles and praying without ceasing, he will still use these behaviors to get at us. Satan wants us to get so comfortable reading our Bible and praying that we become complacent and repetitive rather than worshipful. He can then swoop in slowly (just like the water slowly warming in the pot). We don’t even notice that we’ve fallen into a trap of redundancy rather then praise.

What’s my solution to this? I am not suggesting we stop reading our Bible, or stop praying, or stop going to church. I am not saying we should not get into a habit of doing these things—they are great activities to do on a regular basis. What I am warning is that we need to recognize that the devil wants us to be unaware of his presence.

He wants us to focus on the physical

We, as believers, use the power of the Holy Spirit to help in communication to the Father and Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit helps us see past this dark world and to focus on God and Spiritual warfare constantly happening. Satan wants to take us away from the realization there is a supernatural world past our own. When we read the Bible, he wants us to notice how straining, or even boring, it can be. When we pray, he wants us to feel how hard the ground presses on our knees and how tired we are when we close our eyes. Satan wants us to focus on how early we have to wake up for church, and get distracted by the people around us during the service. He wants us to look to the people on our left and right and focus on judging them of their sins, thinking, “Surely if he is good enough to go to church and sit here all high and mighty, then I must be the best Christian ever!”

Do not fall into this trap of focusing only on the flesh and world around us. Only the Holy Spirit and a recognition of the reality of the battle of good vs. evil will keep us focused on God. The phsyical will only try to take us away from God. 

Satan wants to pervert Christ in our minds

There are many “Christian” denominations and beliefs that actually deny the deity of Christ. They believe Jesus was an angel, or a messenger, or some other created being sent to save us. Satan wants us to think we are following the God, but in fact many are following a false—or perverted god. Not only does the devil want us to not realize the deity of Christ as God Himself, but also that Jesus never rose physically, that He sinned, or that He never died for our sins in the first place. I think a major perversion on the theology of Christ comes from the Gnostic Gospels, where people wrote books trying to act as though they were accounting for Jesus’ life. They presented false teachings, false miracles, and overall false stories

In order to combat these accusations and perversions, one must read the Bible for themselves, especially the Gospels. They are the accurate, coherent, supported accounts of the life, teachings, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

Summary

Remember, the devil is always after us. There is never a time he is not warring with us. Satan is always trying to deceive us by keeping us comfortable and unnoticed, by keeping us focused on the physical world, and by perverting Christ in our minds. Always pursue Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through Scripture and remember the armor of God.

“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” (Ephesians 6:14–17).

 


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AuthorCameron Williams | BCWorldview.org 

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