In my twenty years in the U.S. Navy, working in the Combat Information Center of four naval warships… one of the keys to victory, either in real world operations or naval exercises was the need to know our opposition or enemy. It is critical to success.
For the Christian, there seems to be temptation and challenge for us at every turn… whether it is love of money… power and prestige… lusts of the flesh such as sex, drugs, alcohol… there seems to be challenge to our desire to walk holy and Christlike before the LORD.
But all these things are not our true enemy- they are weapons of our true enemy, who is Satan… for the Apostle Paul declare to us in Ephesians 6:12… For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Our real enemy dwells in the heavenlies… he is, we are told the prince of the air in Ephesians 2:2. He is our enemy. He hates you and he hates me. So we need to understand his strategy to attack us.
Satan’s target is our minds. We are told in 2 Corinthians 11:3… But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Satan’s weapon is lies. It was how Eve was deceived in the Garden. The devil asked her in Genesis 3:1… Indeed, has God said… Then he goes on to twist and pervert what God had indeed said. And he does not appraoch us as some demonic evil that seeks to destroy your life and soul… Not at all. He comes masquerading as an angel of light… yet again, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:14… No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Satan’s Purpose. The devil wants to make you ignorant of God’s will for you. So that you are of not heavenly use to God’s kingdom. That is why he lies and pervert’s God’s word. Because God’s word reveals God’s will for the Church and for you and I directly. We know this from Acts 22:14 where we read… And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth.
Our defense. Only God’s word can reveal and defeat Satan’s lies. Truly, our only defense is the inspired word of God and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. It was the defense that Jesus used against Satan when Jesus was in the desert being tempted by this old snake… Jesus said again and again… It is written (Matthew 4:1-11)
So saints… do you feel like you are under attack? Well, you are, the devil is relentless. But defeat his attacks- stay in God’s Word. Once a week on Sundays is not enough… it’s just enough to get you tripped up. Stay in God’s Word daily! Daily!