DayBreaks for 5/30/18: Satan’s Stragegy
It pays to know your enemy. Ask any soldier and they’ll tell you that it’s important to understand how the enemy thinks, what their strategy is in given circumstances, what kind of tools, equipment and weaponry they have at their disposal. It is only a fool who goes into battle without having considered the capabilities of the enemy.
We spend a lot of time as Christians contemplating Christ and what he has done. It is only right that it should be so, for one cannot dwell on the subject and person of Jesus too much. Still, I can’t help but wonder if we don’t gather too little “intelligence” on our enemy, Satan. Fortunately, Scripture is full of information on how Satan works to draw us into sin.
What is the impression that most people have about Christianity? They believe Christians are repressed, and repressive, because the critics of Christians believe God is repressive. Do you know why? It’s because of the very first lie that Satan told – his first deception. When he approached Eve, he caused her to come to the conclusion that God was repressive because He’d said, “Thou shalt not eat.” By drawing God into question by saying (paraphrased): “Did got really say you couldn’t eat anything at all that you wanted to?”, he put the concept of a repressive God into human minds. And it’s been there ever since.
Is God repressive? Eve had it right originally in her response: “No, we can eat of any tree except one.” Does that sound repressive? There was only one prohibition, and it was so that they could remain free from guilt. But Satan’s strategy is, as Don Everts put it, “subtle wooing,” not blatant aggression. He wants to mislead us, not frighten us. He wants us to think he is our friend, after all.
But there’s only one friend who laid down his life for us…and it wasn’t Satan. That speaks volumes.
PRAYER: Steel our hearts against the enemy of our souls, Lord. Help us to see that repression leads to slavery, but grace to forgiveness and freedom! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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