Strategies of Satan
Some of the strategies of Satan are
suggested by his many names.
devil (James 4:7). He slanders God to people. He slanders people to God. He
slanders people to one another and to themselves.
wicked one (Eph. 6:16). He is out to harm people and create havoc in the
natural, political, and social world.
tempter (1 Thess. 3:5). He presents a false but appealing set of plausible
reasons and advantages for sinning.
god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4). He is the supernatural motivation for the
secular and religious systems of thought that oppose biblical truth.
ruler of this world (John 12:31). Satan has great influence over
unrighteous political systems. Totalitarian power, injustice, oppression, and
greed are among his trademarks.
prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2). He directs the activity of his
army of fallen angels who conspire to tempt, deceive, and corrupt in a
seemingly endless variety of ways.
a personal level, Satan appeals to men and women 1) by urging that there is a
better way than God’s way in the immediate situation, 2) by reminding how often
they have failed in the past at this point, 3) by insinuating how pleasant sin
will be, 4) by promoting the merits of hatred, bitterness, and revenge, 5) by
advocating power over love, and 6) by urging them to destroy their enemies.
That no advantage may be gained over
us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.(2 COR
One of Satan’s “devices” is to
accuse believers who have sinned so that they feel their case is hopeless. I
have had people write me or phone me to ask for help because they have been
under satanic oppression and accusation. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin so
that we will confess it and turn to Christ for cleansing; but Satan accuses us
of sin so that we will despair and give up.
Remember The Destiny of Satan
Matt. 25:41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for
the devil and his angels(ASV)