When I was in High School, I played basketball. I wasn’t very good but loved the challenge and the competition especially when it came to playing defense. Before most games the coach will know a little about the other team players. He knows the players positions, their weaknesses and also their best ability of talent, in other words, who to watch. The reason behind knowing is to make sure the best guard is on the best shooter. It is important once you are in the game, you know your opponent and his tactics if you want to win or survive. That is what I am trying to do in writing yesterday and today. Know your enemy, know his tactics, know how to overcome in the heat of the battle. Better yet, know your enemy, submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.
Yesterday I spoke on how the enemy wants to destroy our faith by attacking us in several different areas of life. His schemes are simple and very slow in such a way of being in the camp without one even knowing he is in the house. He first will tempt us to sin by defiling our conscience and getting a foothold in our mind and in our actions. He will persecute believers by making you feel as though you don’t belong, trip us up by slander in finding any detail that could be twisted into a false accusation, draw us into self-reliance to get things straight with control, get our eyes off Christ and catch us off guard. In other words, Satan is so sneaky he comes in and sets a plate at the table without you even knowing it. I explained in detail how he uses different battle tactics to do these things with Battle Tactics One.
Today, I will add to those things his other goals. How does Satan demoralize us? The first method is to accuse the saints and intimidate us. He then will discourage us in any way, form or fashion. He then turns and redefines the battle. He wants us to think there is no battle or that he is not in this battle by turning saints away from other believers and the lost. If he can promote getting our eyes off of the lost world and onto our own selfish nature, he sets back and waits for the sound of each rifle shooting, laughing loudly at the confusement he has set up. He promotes either isolation or gathering in clicks, tempting other believers to become our opponents. He makes the battle a fleshly one encouraging us to use our own efforts to achieve spiritual ends. He has us to battle for power and authority over one another instead of relying on God to take care of the matter or to take action into their own hands. Prayer becomes obsolete as we let Satan consume our mind, our thoughts, our time and drains one of energy. Instead of fighting, one is ready to flight because they cannot take the front lines of the battle field any longer.
Once Satan comes into the camp, he sits at the table, he bring division as he dishes out into our plates unresolved anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, envy, pride, selfish ambition, covetousness, murder, arguments, bad judgment, slander, gossip, inflammatory speech, and alienation from leader by sowing seeds of mistrust. By this time we have eaten and don’t even realize this battle tactic of poison he has given to each family member, spreading like a disease very subtle as it becomes airborne.
As the enemy sits back and waits for the poison to consume our minds and bodies, he continues to spit out the lies, twist the truth and target more of God’s people. He then follows up with the next step by leading one into error. He then sits and waits for the consuming of each other as one by one saints continue to get discouraged and drop out of the picture.
The enemy knows the battle far more than we do and he has been doing this for years upon years. He has false teachers, false teaching and false accusations for shooting down good leaders. He gains influence over us through occultism, hidden occultism and demonize believers. His entire goal is to prevent the lost into becoming a Christian by quickly snatching the seeds of the gospel, blind unbelievers, play the game without true conversion or change the church’s agenda.
Satan’s schemes and tactics are complex in his strategic warfare. We all have fallen prey to his schemes however if one is determined to change his or her behavior and will by turning to Christ in the heat of the battle once they have realized it, then God will consume with love. Love covers a multitude of sin, casts out all fear and wins every time.
If you have found yourself in the heat of the battle lately, what tactic did the enemy use on you? Have you recognized it was a plan of the enemy in the first place. It is not your brother and sister in Christ, it is not the person who doesn’t know God, it is not your husband, wife, children, or any family member. It is Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy any way he can and these are his tactics! Know your enemy so you can stop the plan. Let love fill you up through finding prayer and intimacy with Christ, in His Word through His messages and through His Spirit.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against us will prosper or be successful.
Resources for Battle Tactics One & Two:
Genesis 3:1-6, Zechariah 3:1, Job 1, Jude 4,8,10, I Chronicles 21:1, I Samuel 15:23, Numbers 16:11
Matthew 4:1-3,6,12:43,13:4,19,24-39,16:22-23,24:24, 26:51-52, 27:3-5,
Luke 4:2-7, 9-11,22:3-4. 9:62,
John 8:44, 13:2, 14:30,12:5-6, 16:11,
Ephesians 2:2, 4:3,26-31,
I Corinthians 3:4-5,10:12, 3:18-19,
2 Corinthians 2:6-11, 4:4, 10:4-5, 11:3-4,14,
I John 2:1, 3:12, 4:3, 5:19,
3 John 9-10,
Acts 5:3,8:18-20,15:19-20, 19:19, 20:28-31, 23:8,26:18,
I Timothy 3:6-7,4:1-2,
2 Timothy 2:26, 4:3-4,
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12,
Galatians 3:1, 4:17,
I Peter 5:8-9,
James 3:14-15, 4:1-2
Revelation 2:10,13, 12:10-11,16:14, 19:20,20:7-8