1. What would your response be if you knew a mob hit-man or an MS-13 hit-man was contracted to kill you and your family?
What are some of his schemes he plans on using against me?
a. He is the epitome of evil on steroids. He is the list of sins in the NT personified!
b. Nothing, he won’t do to cause us to lose our souls; he wants us to join him and his angels in hell! Matt. 25:41; that is his number one goal! Think about that for a while!
3. Quite often he attacks us with cunning and subtly.
a. He is a sheep, rather, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Matt. 7:15-20; he is not mentioned here; false prophets or teachers are. Do we honestly believe that Satan has nothing to do with this, considering other scriptures about his tactics? II Cor. 11: 11-15.
In these vss. (II Cor 11), Paul points out he masquerades as an angel of light, even an apostle like Paul and Peter. His cohorts/demons masquerade as such too.
1.) And, they were false teachers as he was/ is.
2.) Beware of false teachers; falsehood can be very subtle, but very dangerous in the end.
Prayerfully, know your Bible! Remember who took the seed from the pathway(heart).
b. He is a tempter of marrieds and their sexual purity; and singles as well. I Cor. 7:1-5; 7:8,9. Be on your guard here! Be prayerful and open with someone.
c. He tempts us to be bitter and unforgiving towards those who sin against us or the church. II Cor. 2:5-11: Not forgiving and remaining bitter is one of his schemes; let us not be unaware of it!
1.) I believe not forgiving others is a bigger temptation than we may want to admit. See Matt. 18:21-35 and the unforgiving servant.
d. We can drift away from what we have heard and obeyed, Heb.2:1, because of persecution or hardship; challenges with pain and suffering, deep disappointments, etc. Heb. 10:32-35.
1.) He is a “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8. Persecution, ridiculed, etc.
e. The temptation to love money; perhaps our greatest temptation in our materialistic culture.
1.) I Tim. 6:10—says it best, “for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many Griefs. Satan tempted Jesus with this. Matt. 4:8-10; will He exempted us?
f. Pride, in any number of ways. Rom. 12:8, Phil. 2:3-4.
g. I’m sure there are more schemes Satan would use, and you should study them out and apply them to yourself.
a. We put on the full armor of God. Eph. 6:10-20. We take the fight to Satan through Christ!
1.) We have three offensive weapons; prayer; and at times, fasting! Matt. 6:16-18.
James 1:1-7, we must pray for wisdom in how to face trials of many kinds and apply our faith in God to those trials. “Devote yourselves to prayer.” Col.4:2
2.) The sword of the Spirit, the word of God. Our armor has no defense for our back!
3.) Our feet “shod with the equipment of the gospel of peace,”; when we go w/ gospel and help convert someone we defeat Satan’s kingdom.
Also, know your strengths that God can use to counterattack. I Tim. 4:16.
with our Lord’s help.
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