Let’s talk a bit about methods. John 8:44 states: “You are of your father the devil; and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
And 2 Corinthians 11:3 states: But I am afraid that , as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
A few other verses to consider are 1 Peter 5:8-9: Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
Based on these verses it would be safe to say that one of Satan’s primary weapons is deception. So the next logical question we must ask ourselves is “What makes a good lie?” Remember, Satan is the father of lies. Suffice it to say, he’s very good at it. So he most likely isn’t going to hit you with an obvious lie. No, he will start out with a true statement and gradually twist it and turn it until no truth remains. Let me see if I can demonstrate this a bit.
Satan: Did God really say He loves you?
Me: Yes He did! His word says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Satan: For God so loved the world, right?
Me: Yes! That’s right.
Satan: But you weren’t in the world when He said this were you?
Do you see what He’s doing here? He’s taking God’s word and twisting it just enough to cause me do doubt the truth in it. And if he can get me to doubt just a tiny bit, he can keep twisting and turning the truth until what I come to believe is no longer the truth at all. Did it ever occur to you that Satan not only knows God’s word, he delights in using it against us? Does your enemy know God’s word better than you do?
In Ephesians 6:17 we are told take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. In fact, God’s word is our only offensive weapon described in this portion of scripture that details the spiritual warrior’s armor. So it stands to reason that victory in spiritual warfare is going to take a good understanding of the truth, God’s word. In other words, we need to be grounded in the truth. It must be our foundation.
How’s your armory looking these days? Do you have what it takes to spot Satan’s little white lies? Do you read God’s word on a regular basis? Are you involved in a Bible study or small group? We are very fortunate in our day and age to have countless resources available to us that can instill God’s truth into our hearts. Whether you prefer a small study setting or simply listening to audio CDs of well trusted Biblical teachers, there’s really no reason we can’t all get serious about getting into God’s life-saving word.
My hope is that you will spend more time with your loving Father. He has a word for you! You have a Savior fighting for you, and His name is Truth.
Get into study and glow on!