we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Cor. 2:11)
It is important to know the devices of our enemy, the Devil. Otherwise he is likely to take advantage of us.
We should know that he is a liar, and has been from the beginning. In fact, he is the father of lies (John 8:44). He lied to Eve by misrepresenting God, and he has been doing it ever since.
He is a deceiver (Rev. 20:10). He mixes a little truth with error. He imitates or counterfeits everything that is of Cod. He poses as an angel of light and sends out his messengers as ministers of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:14,15). He deceives by using great signs and lying wonders (2 Th. 2:9). He corrupts the minds of people (2 Cor. 11:3).
Satan is a murderous destroyer (John 8:44; 10:10). His goal and the goal of all his demons is to destroy. There is no exception to that statement. As a raging lion, he goes about seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). He persecutes Gods people (Rev. 2:10) and destroys his own slaves through drugs, demon-ism, alcohol, immorality and related vices.
He is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). The word devil (Gr. diabolos) means accuser or slanderer, and as his name is, so is he. All those who slander the brethren are doing the devils work.
He sows discouragement. Paul warned the Corinthians that if they did not forgive the repentant backslider, Satan might gain an advantage by plunging the brother into extreme discouragement (2 Cor. 2:7-11).
Just as Satan, speaking through Peter, sought to dissuade Jesus from going to the Cross (Mark 8:31-33), so he encourages Christians to spare themselves from the shame and suffering of crossbearing.
A favorite ploy of the Wicked One is to divide and conquer. He seeks to sow strife and discord among the saints, knowing that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Sad to say, he has been all too successful in this strategy.
He blinds the minds of unbelievers lest the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ should shine unto them and they should be saved (2 Cor. 4:4). He blinds them by amusements, false religion, procrastination and pride. He occupies them with feelings rather than facts, and with themselves rather than Christ.
Finally, Satan attacks right after great spiritual victories or mountaintop experiences, when the danger of pride is greatest. He looks for a weak spot in our armor, and shoots straight for it.
The best defense against the Devil is to live in unclouded fellowship with the Lord, covered by the protective gear of a holy character.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon