October 30, 2017

We can guard against Satan by doing what Jesus did—using the Word of God.

We can guard against Satan by doing what Jesus did—using the Word of God.

SATAN’S GOALS It’s important to know what Satan wants to achieve. First, Satan desires to be like God.

Second, Satan desires to sit on God’s throne. That’s obvious from Isaiah 14:13, but it’s also emphasized several other places in Scripture. Satan’s devilish associate, the Antichrist, will strain to unseat Christ from His rightful kingdom throne

First Satan will attempt to distort or deny the truth of God’s Word. That’s how Satan tripped up Peter in Matthew 16. Jesus had earlier called Satan’s bluff, however, and the devil failed in his attempt on Christ (Matt 4). Second, Satan will try to discredit the testimony of God’s people.

Next, by depressing or destroying the believer’s enthusiasm for God’s work, Satan will assault our souls. The roaring lion of hell tried this on both Paul (2 Cor. 12:7-10) and Peter (Luke 22:31-34). Fourth, if Satan can dilute the effectiveness of God’s church, he will be moving toward his goals. Both David (1 Chron. 21:1-8) and Judas (Luke 223-6) knew the pain inflicted with this type of attack. For each objective, Satan has a variety of tactics or specific spiritual warfare techniques to achieve victory. I have identi-fied over twenty tactics in the historical narratives and teach-ing portions of Scripture. In the following pages, we will be examining the three most potentially dangerous tactics for each of Satan’s four objectives.

We can guard against Satan by doing what Jesus did—using the Word of God.

Satan does not easily accept defeat. So without spending much time licking his wounds, he tries again

The Devil takes no holiday; he never rests. If beaten, he rises again. If he cannot enter in front, he steals in the rear. If he cannot enter at the rear, he breaks through the roof or enters by tunneling under the threshold. He labors until he is in. He uses great cunning and many a plan. When one miscarries, he has another at hand and continues in his attempts until he wins.

It was no surprise to me to learn that the ancient theolo-gian Augustine called Satan Simius Dei or “the ape of God.” Everything that God does, Satan follows with an evil imitation.

Satan’s mask is removed. His power is overcome—and the Deceiver isn’t happy.

As we grow in our understanding of Satan’s traps or devices, we’re going to be less likely to step into them — all by the grace of God. Remember, our Shepherd is not going to let us be snatched. Satan sets traps in hope that we’ll step into them 

Satan’s traps will lead to you compromising your holy standards, and you will then end up destroying your temple of God which is your body.

Satan traps men—“the snare of the devil” (2 Timothy 2:26)

2 Timothy 2:26 speaks of men in ”the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” Satan imprisons and enslaves his own subjects, but wars against the liberated saints.

We should realize Satan’s character is hatred, and he carries an evil it of disunity.

The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us ernment and warnings of Satan’s ploys and traps.

Satan will set traps in front of us

Satan uses depression to keep people in bondage. He creates negativity.

Satan manifests ‘great deceit’ in the midst of God’s people to trap them in the “Net of Evil. “

He thrives in worldly environments and sets graceful traps to snare God’s children.

Satan is intent on snaring as many people in his traps as he can

This story is about God who came to the earth in the flesh (Jesus) to deliver his people out of darkness and the traps and snares of Satan. This man came to bring light to the world where He saw darkness.

It is God’s enemy, Satan’s trap, and thy snare; for it lieth in wickedness.

You give Satan an inch, and he’ll take a mile.

Satan even speaks to us through other people.

It’s his nature to lie; he is out to enslave everyone

Satan enslave people with fear

Satan enslaves his victims and snatches their identity

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