Satan’s Strategy – Part 2
Posted by Pastor Szekely on July 5, 2008
We continue with our briefing on Satan’s strategy against God’s churches and the people of God.
Remember what 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”.
We should know something of our enemy before going into battle. 1 Peter 5:8 is a warning to every Christian soldier to be sober-minded, to not be distracted from keeping your watch, to be awake to the wiles and the power of the evil one, and to be on guard!
In part 1 we covered two of Satan’s strategies: he tries to cause DISCREDIT of God’s Word and he tries to cause DIVISION among God’s workers. Let’s press on with the briefing.
STRATEGY #3: Satan tries to cause DISSATISFACTION toward God’s will
Did you know that the devil wants to get your mind on PLEASURE, POPULARITY, and PROSPERITY so much that you’ll become dissatisfied toward God’s will? Here are some things the devil will say to cause dissatisfaction in you toward the will of God:
PLEASURE – “I know its Sunday…but wow! It’s a beautiful day! Spend it with the family. Go out to the lake and take some “me” time…you deserve a break today…God will understand…you’ll be in church next week! OR: “Wednesday…to church??? You’re just too tired to go to the prayer meeting! You can pray right here…in your bed…in front of the TV…God will understand! [You get the idea, right]
POPULARITY – “Why, you’re ‘some-body’ at work…you’ve got ‘responsibility’…you can’t go around witnessing to ones who work for you…I mean, what will they think?” OR: “Think of your ‘reputation’ around your ‘friends’…They’re going to call you names, make fun of you, and dump you because you spoke up for Christ!”
PROSPERITY – “You’ll never get rich tithing and offering unto the Lord…you can do that ‘after’ you have some money.” OR: “Missionaries are just ‘moochinaries’…it’s not your fault they went to a place where the dollar lost much of it’s value…anyway…how are YOU going to ‘get ahead’ if you keep giving offerings for those ‘moochinaries’?”
The devil’s a creep, but he knows what he’s doing! He’s employing his time-tested strategies to do his best to get you dissatisfied with God’s will! But the Bible says in 1 John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
STRATEGY #4: Satan tries to cause DEADNESS in God’s Worship
Just think about when you’re in church. You’ve devoted to God that time to be in His House, to hear a message from His Word, and to have the opportunity to be changed by His Spirit. But how many will lose that devotion throughout the services as they look forward to getting out of there and their mind gets to wandering…That’s just Satan’s strategy!!!
You see, through the week Satan has had a ‘field-day’ with polluting your mind:
T.V., pornography, ungodly music, and gossip…
NOTE: I’m not against TV, but I am against the misuse of TV in our homes! The television is still one of the best “real-time” mediums we have for what’s going on around us…but with that said: The television is one of the greatest time-wasters and pollution-carrying mediums we have…and the computer’s not far behind!
Television is not wrong – if used properly! “Well, I don’t have cable or satellite, preacher…” Yea, but those DVDs you watch and those rabbit-ears you use still can be used by the devil to pollute your mind!
–When you sit down to watch something, everyone take a piece of paper and write 3 columns with the headings: CURSING & PROFANITY / NAKEDNESS / DISRESPECT & DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS
Every time any of these occur, make a mark…then, compare notes with each other…you’ll see how many times just these 3 things occur AND you’ll see what you’re catching [or missing] verses what you’re children aren’t catching…but really are!
ALSO: keep a time-log for 1 week of how much TV you consume verses how much Bible-reading you do…
“But I have a hard time reading, preacher…” I wonder why!
Through the week Satan has had a ‘field-day’ polluting your mind causing a DEADNESS in God’s Worship!
Finally, there’s one other strategy Satan uses that I want to mention in our briefing that you need to know about…and it very well may be THE BEST strategy at Satan’s disposal at this time…
Strategy #5: DEPRESSION
The following illustration says it well:
“It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot of implements…Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride, and so on.
Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well-worn and priced very high. “What is the name of this tool?” asked one of the purchasers, pointing to it. “That is Discouragement”, replied the devil. “Why have you priced it so high?” “Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a man’s heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me.”
I know this is “easy preaching, hard living“, but don’t let Satan discourage you in anyway! If you are God’s child the victory has already been won – we’re on the winning side! You must keep your faith on the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ. If you do, the devil won’t have a chance to discourage you, even with his best tools or his best strategies!
BE PREPARED AND KNOW YOUR ENEMY BEFORE GOING INTO BATTLE!
Our briefing is concluded, soldier.