BEHIND ENEMY LINES 1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: SATANIC ATTACK The devil has an objective in the things that he does in the lives of people. A Satanic attack is then defined as: A deliberate willful assault by Satan upon an individual for the purpose of bringing that person harm in their spirit, soul, or body; or all three. Objectives of Satan Objectives of Satan are as follows: 1. Draw us away from 3. Deny God of His God. rightful honor, 2. Cause us to be praise, and glory by thwarted in God’s us living a life of purpose for our life. obedience. (Will and plan for 4. To Destroy us. our life) Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly Satan loves for people to say, “I don’t believe in the Devil.” The Barna Group Belief of Satan • In 2005 six out of ten adults (60%) say that the devil, or Satan, is not a living being but is a symbol of evil, compared to 58% in 2001 • In 2005 46% of born again Christians deny Satan's existence compared with 45% in 2001. • Slightly more than seven out of ten Catholics (73%) say the devil is non-existent and only a symbol of evil. (2005). • 61% of men believe that Satan is just a symbol of evil versus 57% of women. (2005) Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil We have to ask ourselves what are “the wiles of the devil?” The word “wiles” is one of three key words which you must know and understand. 1.“wiles” 2.“devices” 3.“deceptions” The word “wiles” is The word odos is the taken from the Greek word for a Greek word “road.” methodos (meth-o- dos). By compounding these two words into It is a compound of one, they form the the words meta (me- word methodos. ta) and odos pronounced (ho- Literally translated, dos). the Greek word methodos means The word meta is a “with a road.” preposition which simply means “with.” This road which the devil is traveling on is obviously headed somewhere! Where is that road headed? 2 Corinthians 2:11,Paul gives us a clue as to where this road the devil is traveling on is headed. He says, “. . . we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices.” The word” devices” is taken The word nous is the from the word noemata Greek word for the (no-e-ma-ta), which is “mind” or the derived from the word nous “intellect.” (pronounced noous). The word “devices” (noemata) actually depicts the “insidious plots” and “wicked schemes” of Satan to attack and victimize the human mind. One expositor has even stated that the word” devices” bears the notion of “mind games.” With this idea of “mind games” in mind, you could translate the verse, “. . . we are not ignorant of the mind games that Satan tries to pull on us. “ 1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. DECEPTION from the Greek word plan-ah’-o • to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way • one led astray from the right way, roams here and there • error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting To be led aside from the path (road) of virtue, Deception occurs when a person believes the lies that the enemy has been telling him. The moment you begin to believe the lie that the devil has been telling you, is the very moment when those wicked thoughts and mind games begin to produce reality in your life. “ 1. The word “wiles”(methodos) tells us that the devil operates “with a road” or primarily with” one avenue” of attack. 2. The word “devices”(noemata) tells us where that avenue is headed: It is headed toward the mind. Once that road is paved into the mind, the enemy begins to regularly travel in and out of one’s mind and emotions to confuse and scramble the mind with wrong thinking, wrong believing and false perceptions. 3. “Deception” occurs when you embrace that lie that the devil is telling you. This false perception which you have embraced will empower that lie to become a bona fide reality in your life. This is completed deception. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 While natural training and education is good, and we need to get as much of it as we possibly can, eventually we all come to a place where we discover that natural weapons and natural education will not help us in our fight with unseen, spiritual enemies. In such moments, we must move beyond the flesh, over into the realm of spiritual armor. This armor will empower any believer to successfully “stand against the wiles of the devil.” • Jam 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. • Jam 4:7 So place yourselves under God's authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. • Jam 4:7 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper.
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