Spiritual warfare wasn’t much of a category discussed in the church I attended as a youngster. Unless we talked about Satan’s effort to tempt Jesus immediately after His baptism, that was pretty much all the merit given to the battle in the unseen world.
Truth is, that Satan and his minions are real. Their main mission is to sideline believers from the calling God has placed on their life. To distract us all from an intimate relationship with Him. Here are a few ways Lucifer and friends do so.
Satan mimics the Lord.
In 2 Corinthians 11:14 it says, “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” Everything that God does, Satan will try and copy. He is a great actor that knows how to play a role right to deceive and manipulate Christians. The images we see of a red devil with a pitchfork are not reality. Instead, Satan will try to impersonate the angel of light. But inside, Christians will be able to tell there is a great darkness. Being able to discern between the two is easier the closer you are to God’s Word. Become so familiar with the gospel’s truth that Satan will never be able to manipulate you in such a fashion! You will be able to spot him as a counterfeit.
John 8:44 says, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Satan can only speak one language…the language of lies. He is incapable of speaking the truth at all. Jesus says that there is no truth left in him, and that all started with Adam and Eve in the garden.
Satan is a thief.
In John 10:10 it says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” Satan’s priority is to steal your faith so that you never have a chance at salvation. He does not want people to know the truth about Jesus Christ. If he cannot have that, he will do whatever else he can to steal your vision, destroy your purpose, or strip your hearing. He wants to block you from being able to hear Christ in your heart. He will also do what he can to prevent you from spreading Christ to others by stealing your voice. But Satan can be beat! Continue to resist his urges and temptations and keep your heart and mind focused on God.
As you continue your Christian journey, be aware that Satan is always following you and trying to disrupt your path. Christ, though, has given you the power to fight off Satan’s attacks. Push back against his powers of darkness and spread the light of God. The world desperately needs it.
And that’s the Memo. Steve, with added insights from Megan Bailey