Covert operations. The enemy specializes in this type of warfare. Yes, Satan strategizes to maintain hidden and subtle forms of warfare. In the governments of the world (in the natural) there are visible armies in warfare. Specialized units strategize undercover strategies executed by every single branch of the military. It is a known factor that even special operations and certain agencies such as the CIA and the FBI operate often in covert strategies. As I said, Satan goes to great length to remain hidden. And if you think about it, much of what he does is hidden from our view. We need strong spiritual discernment in times like these,don't we? If you haven't been praying for spiritual discernment, please begin to do so. These are perilous times that we live in. However, God is bigger than the enemy and we need never to forget that fact. We don't want to give the enemy too much credit, but, to walk in victory, we must understand his strategies. A wise general knows the strengths and weaknesses of his enemy. For us, it is wise to know Satan's wicked "wiles" and methods.
The Wiles of Satan
2 Corinthians 2:11 exhorts us to not be ignorant of the "wiles of Satan." And Ephesians 6:11 reminds us to "...put on the whole armour of God that ye would be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (KJV). The word "wiles" comes from a Greek word "methodeia." Our English word "method" also originates with the word "wiles." Interestingly, it is derived from two specific Greek words: "meta"and "hodos." The word "meta" means "in the midst," and the word "hodos" means "to travel over ( as in a journey) and to lie in wait." Therefore it is clear that a method of the enemy is to get us off the paths of God and lie in wait to attack us if we do! Believers, the enemy desires to derail us, sidetrack us, steal our vision, change our route and pull us off purpose! How does he do this? Keep reading- there's more!
Satan uses temptation and spiritual seductions to lure us away from God's very best for our lives. Have you ever done a thorough study on the word "temptation?" Dear one, listen up! "Temptation" is the word "peirasmos," which means to "lure" and "solicit." If you stop and think about it for a minute, think of how the enemy solicits us to surrender to temptation. Keep in mind that Satan can only "tempt" us, but it is up to us to agree and submit to the temptation.
Jesus Christ was tempted, but He did not sin. Temptation is not sin- so be careful that you don't confuse the two. Satan can tempt us but we can resist temptation by not allowing wrong desires to take root in our hearts and minds. The Word teaches us that temptation is common to all of us (1 Cor 10:13) In fact, it's important for us to pray as the Bible teaches..." Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (Matthew 6:13).
Satan's covert operation involves deceit, solicitation to sin, and perversion, to draw us away from God. Satan uses perversion to destroy that which is Good. The word "perversion comes from a Hebrew word meaning " to twist" and " to make crooked." The enemy loves to twist God's Word! For instance, Scripture says that we are healed, yet the enemy speaks lies to us saying "you've sinned today, God won't heal you!" Satan works covertly with his lies of deception to get us off track and draw us away from God.
Precious ones, it's time to wise up! Let's not be deceived by the enemy. Victory and breakthrough are ours because of what Christ accomplished at the Cross.
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Part Two on "deception" will be my next blog.