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Old 09-09-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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It is Satan's plan to stop the Church of Jesus Christ from moving out in power and victory. In order to recognize Satan and his work, we need to know his tactics and strategies so that we can take our position of full power and authority over him. Before we can launch a victorious offensive attack against Satan, we must know our enemy, his characteristics, and his strategies.

Satan's Strategies:

Temptation
Deception
Unbelief
Worry
Disobedience
Rebellion
Hardening our hearts
Using circumstances to defeat you
Sowing lies
Fear
To gain access to our minds
Apathy-lack of emotion or feeling
To accuse and slander
To war against God's people

Temptation:
IThess.3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.
Throughout the Word, we see Satan as the tempter: He tempted Eve in the garden of Eden with the forbidden fruit and the thought of becoming like God (Gen. 3:4-6)...he tempted Esau into giving up his birthright for a bowl of lentils (Gen. 25:29-33)...he tempted King David through Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11:1-4)...he tempted Jesus by offering Him the kingdoms of the world (Matt. 4:8).

At every possible opportunity, Satan and his evil forces will place temptations before you in an attempt to cause you to sin against God. Satan tempts us in basically three areas: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. He will use every possible means of temptation; however, Satan is limited. He cannot make us sin. He can trick, deceive, lie, or tempt you, but Satan cannot go beyond that point. He can place the temptation before us, but he has no power over our will.

Satan is the tempter, but we have the ability to yield or refuse to yield to the temptation. "Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by (what is) evil and He himself tempts no one. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully matured brings forth death" (James 1:13-15).

Satan has the ability to so disguise the temptations that he brings before Christians that many are deceived, fall into his snare and yield to temptation. But God provided a way for Christians to walk in victory over every temptation of Satan. To be victorious over him, you must recognize him as the TEMPTER.

Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

SATAN ATTACKS BY BOMBARDING OUR MINDS WITH HIS THOUGHTS

It was in the battlefield of the mind that Satan gained access to Adam and Eve and defeated them. As we look at this familiar account of man's defeat, you will see specific strategies Satan is using today to keep people living in defeat.

Notice that Satan attacked Eve's mind. Speaking through the serpent Satan hurled "fiery darts"...thoughts of doubt...into Eve's mind. He knew that God had commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but he tried to plant doubt in Eves mind. He wanted her to question God's Word. Satan's strategy today is exactly the same.

When Christians receive God's Word into their hearts and minds concernig healing for their bodies, Satan will bombard their minds with fiery darts of doubt and unbelief. He will try to cause them to question God's Word, causing the Word of God to be ineffective in their lives.

The first mistake Eve made, which eventually led to her sin, was listening to Satan. He lied to Eve. He contradicted God's Word. He told her that she would NOT die if she ate the forbidden fruit. Eve not only listened to Satan, she carried on a conversation with him. Eve knew what God had commanded them conncerning the forbidden fruit. She knew God had told them that if they ate of the fruit, they would die. Yet, instead of rejecting Satan's lies, she LISTENED.

There are many thousands of Christians today, living in defeat because they are listening to Satan's lies. Instead of recognizing Satan as a liar and casting his lies out of their minds, they listen. They reason with him. Likewise, they entertain his thoughts in their minds and they fall into his trap. To live in victory over Satan, you must discern Satan's voice when he speaks, and reject it. If you listen, as Eve did, you will give him access to your mind and open yourself up for defeat.

To discern Satan's voice, you must know the Word of God. You must know Christ's voice, and you must know the enemy and how he attacks...

The day has come when God's people must walk in such a close, intimate relationship with Christ that they KNOW His voice, or they will be deceived by false teachers and prophets and be led astray (John 10:3-5).

You must consider every desire, every inagination, every thought that enters your mind, that is contary to God's Word, as the "voice of a stranger"...an INTRUDER. When thoughts enter your mind that cause you to doubt God's Word or His covenant promises to you, you must recognize them as being from Satan. Refuse to listen to his lies. Reject them the moment they enter your mind.

When thoughts enter your mind that continualy lead you away from doing God's will, or hinder you from obeying God as He speaks to you, or tempt you to sin, you must recognize them as being from Satan the Tempter and immediately cast them out.

SATAN GAINS ACCESS INTO OUR MINDS THROUGH THE "EYEGATE" AND THE "EARGATE"

2 Samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

Satan's major strategy in luring and seducing us into temptation is to gain access into our minds through the "eyegate" and the "eargate"...through what we see and hear.

King David was one of the most powerful men of God in the Bible "a man after mine own heart..." (Acts 13:22)...a man who had won many great battles. Yet he fell into Satan's trap through temptation and brought destruction upon his household.

Satan's strategy is to catch us off guard and unprepared for his attack. He will often tempt us AFTER we have experienced a great spiritual victory. This was the case with David. He was tempted at a time of prosperity in the kingdom. He was about fifty-years-old at the time, and had been reigning in Jerusalem as king for twelve years. He had subdued his enemies and had returned in great triumph.

At the time appointed for him to go out into battle, David "tarried" in Jerusalem. Instead of going with his army into battle, he sent Joab, his servants and all of Israel out into battle, while he remained in Jerusalem. David fought and won many great battles, and he decided it was time to let down his guard and relax.

In our spiritual warfare against Satan, there is no time for us to relax or let down our guard!

The moment we begin to relax...to let down our prayer time, stop reading the Word, stop watching for Satan's strategies...Satan will seize the opportunity to attack us. This is exactly what happened to David.

He faced Satan, the Tempter, when he went up to his rooftop and "he SAW a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon." Satan gained entrance into David's mind through the "eyegate"...what he SAW with his eyes.

Satan placed a temptation in front of David that aroused a desire within him. As David continued to LOOK upon the woman, he desired to have her for himself. Satan deceived and enticed David by making him think that the pleasure and satisfaction he would receive from this illicit affair would be greater than it actually was. And it was there on the rooftop where David actually committed the sin of adultry IN HIS MIND AND HEART. This sin was later manifested in his actions when he sent for Bath-sheba (2 Samuel 11:3-4).

Today, there are Christians falling into temptation, living defeated ives, in bondage to the desires and lusts of their flesh because they have GIVEN Satan access into their minds through the "eyegate" and "eargate."

Satan's strategy is to fill the minds of Christians so full of temptation that the desires of their carnal flesh will be aroused until it is manifested in their actions...until they yeild their will to the lusts of the flesh and sin aginst God.

Remember, Satan is limited in the temptations he places before you. God will not allow him to tempt you above what you are able to bear (1 Cor.10:13)...... Not only does God limit the temptations Satan places before you, but with every temptation He has promised a way out that you will be strong, powerful and patiently able to bear up under it......God's purpose for allowing Satan to tempt and test you is that you will be PERFECTLY AND FULLY DEVELOPED...lacking in nothing! (James 1:2-4).

Your attitude as you are being tested, tempted and tried by Satan should not be one of failure or defeat......but one of victory... KNOWING that God has provided a way of escape...given you the powerful weapons of warfare...annointed you with the power of the Holy Spirit......and given you power over all the power of the enemy, you must move into ACTION...you must RESIST the enemy.

I personally thank my God in heaven for His unfailing love, grace, and mercy...He is so good and and so faithful...He is teaching me so perfectly through my own temptations and trials...and through the love and strength of my precious brothers and sisters in Christ which strengthens me...God Bless you for your earnest and faithful walk with God...Love
Verna, are you here today?...
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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Verna, are you here today?...
Yes...I'm here .
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:29 AM
 
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Thank you for this post, it was a great reminder for us all.

Yes, we do rest in the Lord, but we must always remain vigilant because He reminds us that we ARE in a war. We must put on the Armor of God and this armor is one that renews our mind with His Word and helps us remain cognisant of the wiles of the enemy and it is our daily protection so that we are able to see the enemy coming and his ways towards us.

We do not want to be one of those that are led astray that Jesus talks about in Mathew 24:4 4-8
"And Jesus answered them, aSee that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you dare not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains."

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Old 03-27-2019, 05:57 AM
 
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Thank you for this post, it was a great reminder for us all.
Yes, we do rest in the Lord, but we must always remain vigilant because He reminds us that we ARE in a war. We must put on the Armor of God and this armor is one that renews our mind with His Word and helps us remain cognisant of the wiles of the enemy and it is our daily protection so that we are able to see the enemy coming and his ways towards us.
We do not want to be one of those that are led astray that Jesus talks about in Mathew 24:4 4-8
"And Jesus answered them, a“See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you dare not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains."
.... and to me we are well past the ' beginnings of the birth pains ' because we have reached the 'final phase' of Matthew 24:14; Acts 1:8 with the international global proclaiming about God's kingdom of Daniel 2:44.
This means (keep our armor polished ready) because we are nearing the ' final signal ', so to speak, of 1st Thess. 5:2-3 when the ' powers that be ' will be saying, "Peace and Security..." as the precursor to the coming great tribulation of Rev. 7:14,9 before Jesus, as Prince of Peace, ushers in global Peace on Earth among persons of goodwill.- Psalm 72:8,12-14
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:27 AM
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Satan is you.
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:55 PM
 
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.... and to me we are well past the ' beginnings of the birth pains ' because we have reached the 'final phase' of Matthew 24:14; Acts 1:8 with the international global proclaiming about God's kingdom of Daniel 2:44.
This means (keep our armor polished ready) because we are nearing the ' final signal ', so to speak, of 1st Thess. 5:2-3 when the ' powers that be ' will be saying, "Peace and Security..." as the precursor to the coming great tribulation of Rev. 7:14,9 before Jesus, as Prince of Peace, ushers in global Peace on Earth among persons of goodwill.- Psalm 72:8,12-14
Religion is preventing that of peace, it's the adversary to it.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:05 PM
 
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If only christians focused on the strategies of God rather than the one they give power to(their devil), then they would turn the world upside down. I know a man who did...... They wrote 4 gospels about him.
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