Knowing the Enemy-His Success

II Timothy 2:26 speaks of those caught in: “….the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by Him at his will.” He will succeed in trapping us if we are not aware of his devices. You may recall from yesterday that our enemy uses deceit, distraction and discouragement very effectively. He deceives by making sin look attractive, harmless and/or suggesting excuses for giving in. He gets our minds on a lot of things, some legitimate; some not. He uses these things to deflect our minds from our most important of all responsibilities and our wonderful privilege. I’m talking about serious study of and devotional meditation in God’s Word and time talking with God (listening to God and being listened to by God). When we fail and/or sin, the devil uses discouragement on us. He points out how we fell and suggests that we just can’t measure up and might as well quit trying. How can we avoid Satan’s snares? If we are truly born again, there are three essentials: 1. Reinforce-constant exposure to Scripture (II Timothy 2:15). Study; be one who really works at it. Know how to apply it. Use proven tools to help you understand it. 2. Rely-Seek God in prayer and rely on His strength. (Ephesians 6:10). 3. Resist-James tells us to resist the devil (James 4:7). The only way we can effectively resist him is the very way that Jesus did. (Matthew 4:1-11). The devil quoted Scripture. Actually, he misquoted it. Jesus corrected the enemy’s false use of God’s Word. The devil left Him! (Caution: Be on guard; be ready! He will try again)! In the hymn, “Standing on the Word,” Haldor Lillenas once again reminds us how essential is God’s Word: “Faith is resting on the promise strong and sure; hope is anchored safe and cannot falter; peace has found a haven from the storms secure in the Word of God which cannot alter.” Selah! God has given us the means to enjoy His victory. If we will avail ourselves of those means, we will be combat ready; if we don’t, we’ll be victims!   Ron

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