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Unmasking Satan’s Strategies: Five Biblical Truths for Spiritual Warfare

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Unmasking Satan’s Strategies

Hello, beautiful sisters in Christ! It’s Cheri Strange here, and I’m so thrilled to dive into today’s discussion about a topic that’s close to our hearts: understanding Satan’s strategies and how we can stand firm against them. As Christian women who long to desire more of God in our everyday lives, it’s crucial that we heed the Bible’s wisdom and not be outwitted by the enemy, for we are not ignorant of his designs (2 Corinthians 2:11). So, let’s explore five of Satan’s strategies he often uses against us, backed by Scripture, to equip ourselves for this spiritual battle.

The Distraction Tactic

The first of Satan’s strategies is to distract us from our focus on God. In 1 Peter 5:8, we read:

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Just as a lion sneaks up on its prey, Satan seeks to divert our attention away from God through the chaos of life, materialism, and worldly desires. But it can also happen through the good in our lives. In my life it is the urgent that wars for my time against the important. I think a point worth making is that the distraction tactic, although as old as time, is tailor made for effectiveness in each individual.

It’s crucial that you and I be able to recognize what distracts us from our focus on God, and be watchful to resist these distractions. Taking time each day to refocus on God’s Word, prayer, and His presence, is crucial for our hearts to center (and recenter) on Him.

The Lie of Self-Sufficiency

Satan’s second strategy is to deceive us into thinking we can navigate life on our own, apart from God’s strength. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul writes:

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The enemy whispers lies about our self-sufficiency, pushing us to rely on our own abilities and resources. But that never works.

You are not enough on our own.

Neither am I.

There is a better way. Embracing the reality that we are not able to navigate all that comes our way can lead us to victory. When we acknowledge our need for God in our daily struggles and difficult challenges, His power shines through our inadequacies, leaving the enemy of our souls defeated.

The Accusation Game

The third of Satan’s strategies is to accuse us relentlessly, attempting to burden us with guilt and shame. In Revelation 12:10, we’re reminded of his title,

“the accuser of our brothers.”

Satan desires to make us forget who we are, causing us to feel unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness. And he’s really good at it. Our only hope of defeating him is believing the truth of God’s word over the barrage of lies. Truths such as:

  •  1 John 1:9 where we are assured that in Christ, we are forgiven and clean,
  •  2 Corinthians 5:17 that tells us that whatever we were before is gone. Jesus makes us new and nothing can take that away from us.
  • Psalm 103:12 reminding us that our sins, however terrible, destructive, or conniving, have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west, and
  • Romans 8:1 reassuring us, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

When Satan tries to accuse you and me, the path to victory is remembering our identity in Christ and rebuke Satan’s lies with the truth of God’s Word.

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The Deception of False Teaching

Satan’s fourth strategy involves spreading false teaching and leading us astray from the pure, unadulterated truth of God’s Word. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Paul warns,

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

Friend, this can be so subtle. And we are sure to lose unless we remain in God’s word regularly. There is no better way to distinguish between authenticity and some twisted nuance than becoming saturated with the real thing. He’s coming for our confidence in Scripture and God, Himself. This is a call to be vigilant against doctrines and teachings that deviate from Scripture. Our only hope is to stay rooted in the Word of God and seek wise, biblically sound teachers who lead us closer to God, not away from Him.

 

The Seeds of Doubt

The fifth of Satan’s strategies is to sow seeds of doubt and confusion about God’s character and His Word. In 2 Corinthians 11:3, the apostle Paul writes,

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Just as Satan tempted Eve with doubt in the garden, he seeks to undermine our trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness. Somehow, he crafts our thinking to consider, like Eve, that God might just be holding out on us. Sister, this strategy works. Time and time, again.

When these doubts arise, our best course of action is to recognize what is happening and stop the internal conversation. Don’t give it any energy or power. Instead, we absolutely must replace those thoughts with who God says He is and what He has done, so that we can trust that He can do what He promises to do.

My friend, it’s essential that we remain vigilant and alert to Satan’s strategies against us. As Christian women desiring more of God in our everyday lives, we must be equipped with the powerful weapon of God’s Word to counteract these schemes. Let us not be ignorant of his designs so that we can come against him, standing firm in our faith.

May the Lord bless and protect you as you continue to pursue a deeper relationship with Him and resist the enemy’s schemes. Remember, we are not ignorant of his designs.

xoxoxo,

 

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Beauty in Perseverance

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Beauty in Perseverance

by Anita Peluso

The last days of winter often feel like drudgery – painful waiting until we see the first blooms of spring. We long for the crocus, daffodils, and tulips of spring to brighten the gray landscape of winter, bringing hope of warmer, sunnier days. We may think of perseverance as drudgery, as the last days of winter. There certainly have been times in my life when the last thing I wanted to do was persevere. Yet, might there be hidden beauty in the transformational journey of perseverance?

Without a doubt, there are seasons in life when circumstances throw the darkest clouds over everything. Death, wickedness, and difficulties in this life are the result of the sin of Adam and Eve. It is not wrong to lament these circumstances, for the writer of Lamentations concludes, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord” (Lamentations 3:18). But in the midst of his trials, he remembers that the steadfast love of God never ceases, and His mercies never end. In this remembrance, he declares that “The Lord is my portion therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3:22-24). Despite the writer’s bleak outlook, when he turns his spiritual eyes to the Lord, he finds the encouragement needed to persevere.

Perseverance in the Old Testament

In the Old Testament God describes himself as “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” – characteristics of His endurance with a people who were fickle in following Him (Exodus 34:6). The New Testament calls God a God of endurance. Equally, Paul affirms that the scriptures were written so that we might find hope through the endurance and encouragement contained within its words (Romans 15:4-5). Remember, those scriptures for Paul are now our Old Testament.

Perseverance by Example

Paul named individuals from former Old Testament days whom he called a “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 11). These witnesses – such as Abel, Abraham, Noah, Moses, and many more unnamed followers of God – persevered through adversity, ridicule, persecution, and even death for the hope they found in God. Though we are indeed called to persevere, as this great cloud of witnesses has done, it is the perseverance of God throughout scripture that gives us hope. What hope would we have if God simply gave up on his plan to redeem a people for himself? Yet we know that he did not desert his plan, but that his plan for redemption through faith in Jesus Christ was made complete (John 19:28, 30, 36). And we continue to hope for the redemption of creation of which John spoke (Revelation 21).

Where is the beauty in Perseverance?

beauty in perseveranceHere lies the beauty in perseverance: because God himself is a God of endurance, He gives us the ability to also persevere. And through our perseverance, we discover a deeper communion in our relationship with God. The psalmists attest to God’s enduring nature:

  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
  • “The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
  • “You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me” (Psalm 18:35)
  • “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.” (Psalm 66:16)

We too, as we persevere, may join in the chorus of the Psalms, declaring that God is our refuge, our strength, and near to us when we are faced with the challenges of this life. I know this to be true in my own life. For, during times of difficulty, disappointment, and loss, I encountered the enduring nature of God. In a season when my will to live was gone, God preserved me. When my disappointment was too heavy, God comforted me. Whether relationships failed me or I failed them, God remained –  persistently, steadfastly, faithfully.

He will do the same for you.

Anita

Anita recently graduated with an MA in Biblical Studies where her love of all things Old Testament took root. She lives in Western Washington with her software engineer husband and two furry cats.  Together, they are renovating 2 ½ unkempt suburban acres while converting a Ford Transit van into a camper van. On the side, she moonlights as a freelance quilt designer. You can find her on Instagram here.

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