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The Devil and His Tactics

Posted on: November 7, 2011

One of the first and most interesting things I learned in my early recovery of addiction was learning about just how the devil and his demons operate.  Knowing how Satan and his workers (demons) affect my mind and thoughts has helped me tremendously.  The Bible tells us in I Peter 5:8 (NLT), “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the devil, your great enemy.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.”

The devil will suggest ways for us not to suffer.  

How many times have we heard that little voice in our head saying,”You don’t have to suffer like this.  One drink is all you need to take the edge off.  Just use a little bit and you’ll feel so much better.”

Satan tempted Jesus in this way.  When Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness, He was famished.  This made Him vulnerable and in a weakened state.  Satan knew this and made his move.  He tempts Jesus by saying, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread.” (Mat. 4:3  NLT)  Why suffer like this, right?  All you have to do is take a little bit, right?  Perhaps Jesus felt like God forgot about Him and felt abandoned.  Perhaps Jesus became confused by hunger pains and thought that eating just a little bit of bread won’t hurt.  Even in this weakened state Jesus remained strong and committed, responding to the devil by saying, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’ ” (Mat. 4:4  NLT)   Jesus continued to trust God and did not give into the devil’s little trick.

How many times have we fell for this tactic of the devil?  How many times have we given in to him saying, “Why suffer when all you have to do is…..?”  These words, “all you have to do….” play in our heads and it’s important to remember that this is Satan planting a thought in our mind.  Our mind is the devil’s favorite way to get us to sin, which is why it’s vital to know the Truth, study the Bible and be aware of the devil’s tactics.  This will enable us to stand firm, be strong and not give in.

Other Tactics:

Satan knows it is more difficult to resist him if we are excessively tired or hungry.

Satan wants you to think you are mentally deficient—that something is wrong with you.

He wants you to think you are mentally deficient so you will not attempt to do anything about it.  He wants you to think that’s “just the way I’m made”.

Satan frequently steals the will of God from us due to reasoning (trying to figure out the “why” behind something).  The Lord may direct us to do a certain thing, but if it does not make sense—if it is not logical—we may be tempted to disregard it.

An inability to concentrate could indicate a mental attack from the devil.

Satan wants us to passively accept whatever lies he tells us.

Satan will use other people to try and weaken you.  A good example of this is if you’re in an abusive or toxic relationship or some “old friends” will come around.  He especially comes at you like this if he sees you’re getting stronger and are resisting him more.  Don’t give in, keep resisting and he will flee (James 4:7)!

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A little about name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.


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