To think that the enemy is not a clever strategist is one of the greatest lies we could ever allow ourselves to believe. My heart is so saddened painfully whenever I hear a well-meaning brother or sister in the Lord stand up and declare to a body of believers “we don’t need to worry about what the devil is doing because…..” The Lord has spent a lifetime teaching me the enemy’s schemes. In 2nd Corinthians 2:11 (KJV) Paul warned the Corinthian Church “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
The enemy works both a short game, a sort of small arms fire, even as he maintains a long-range plan to undermine the belief system of any individual, church body, group, or denomination. We know that he both knows the Word of God and also recognizes its power. He also not only knows the power of prayer but also fears its development in any believer.
As we take a look at some of his strategies, let’s use a generalization to help us remember what his ultimate goal is: It’s to cut off communication with our Heavenly Father through sort of a multifaceted scattershot. If he can cut off communication to our Creator, then he can weaken us. It’s in our weakened state that he can do the most damage.
Remember every branch that bears not good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. If he can just make us either non-fruit-bearing, or cause us to produce rotten fruit, then he knows our works are in vain. If all that we do are things done for Him and not with Him, they are simply religious works of the flesh. It would be music the devil’s ears if, would be on that last day of our lives on this earth, Jesus were to say to us “Depart from me I never knew you.” Matthew 7:23b (KJV)
Mark 3:27 (KJV) states “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; then he will spoil his house.” Now consider this paraphrase of that Scripture in a way the Lord revealed to me in prayer. ‘How can Satan enter into a strong Christians house, and spoil his fruit, unless he first puts that strong Christian into bondage; then he will be able to spoil his house.” Please remember Satan’s strategy is to first weaken the Christian and then he can spoil his fruit.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness