DayBreaks for 5/28/19: Satan’s Psy Ops
We can actually learn a lot about some of Satan’s strategies in spiritual warfare by studying the military strategies of some of the warriors of old. In his book Head Game, author Tim Downs writes:
“Psy-ops stands for Psychological Operations, a form of warfare as old as the art of war itself. An early example of this can be found in the battle strategies of Alexander the Great. On one occasion when his army was in full retreat from a larger army, he gave orders to his armorers to construct oversized breastplates and helmets that would fit men 7 or 8 feet tall. As his army would retreat, he would leave these items for the pursuing army to discover. When the enemy would find the over-sized gear, they would be demoralized by the thought of fighting such giant soldiers, and they would abandon their pursuit.
“Satan likes to play head games with us, too, often leaving us demoralized by fear or doubt. We assume Satan is bigger or greater than he really is. And the quickest way to thwart our enemy’s psy-ops is to gaze upon the greatness of our God. Perhaps all it takes is a quick look at Job 38:4–7: Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
Satan is no powder-puff to be toyed with or minimized – at least not if you are human. But we also don’t need to fear him. Our Father is more than capable of keeping that little bully in his place. We’re even encouraged to “resist Satan” as we make our way through this world. Will that antagonize him? You bet. And that’s just fine, because we aren’t alone in our resistance. Our elder Brother went before us and antagonized him, and then defeated him. All our enemy has to look forward to is doom and torment. We, on the other hand, will be recipients of far better things, and we will witness the removal of our arch-enemy as he is thrown into the pit forever and ever.
Prayer: May we find the courage that comes from knowing that no one and nothing in the universe can begin overthrow You, or even to threaten You. We rejoice in Your victory and pray for the day when we shall see Satan once and for all put in his place! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>