The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Paul refers to Satan as “the god of this age.” Because of that, until Jesus returns this world will never improve. Evil, apostasy, and depravity will increase as the evil one works toward establishing his own rule and worship as depicted in Revelation 13.
The devil is “the god of this age” which means we are living in a world that opposes the godly values that you and I hold dear.
However, God has not left us defenseless in these evil times. He has promised to protect and strengthen us to deal with Satan’s attacks. He remains the sovereign Lord over all creation. Satan’s earthly dominion is allowed by God, but again I repeat the devil is not deity, but a created being, a fallen angel with limited power and authority.
The Lord has equipped Christians to stand and fight against the enemy. In other words, although the age is evil, we must continue to stand up for righteousness and the advancement of the good news of Jesus Christ.
Yesterday, we looked at the armor God has given us for our protection. But the last piece of equipment that Paul mentions in Ephesians 6:17 is and offensive weapon, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” So we fight the evil in our world according to the commands and promises in God’s word. As we forge ahead by the authority of scripture we bathe our actions and thoughts in prayer. (Ephesians 6:18)
As children of God through Christ, we have been given all we need to function and make a positive difference in an inherently evil world. And just as we have been equipped for battle we are also given considerable information about the enemy and his tactics.
Following are 7 ways Satan attacks believers:
(1) defamation (2 Corinthians 11:3, 14)
As you strive to lead a godly life and build a reputation for righteousness, Satan may attack your good name. Don’t be surprised when you’re treated as the bad guy. In such situations remain true to God, do not be led astray, and trust the Lord to vindicate your cause.
(2) accusation (Revelation 12:10)
As the accuser, the devil may put you in situations in which you are falsely blamed. Not only does he use demons and unbelievers to stir up trouble, but he also works through carnal or ignorant Christians. These attacks can happen anywhere; home, work, and even in the church. Nothing agitates us more than to be blamed for something we didn’t do. In those times, remember to resist the temptation to blow your top. Take your stand with the sword of the Spirit (God’s word), prayer, truth, and the other strategies we discussed in yesterday’s devotional.
In 1 John 2:16, we’re told that temptation is rooted in three areas: the lusts of the flesh, of the eyes, and the pride of life. Satan doesn’t want you to be spiritually mature and serving Christ. You can expect that your spiritual intensity will be met with considerable opposition. Remember that the evil one doesn’t play fair and will strike your weaknesses.
(4) imitation (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Satan can appear as an angel of light. He can veil and disguise evil to make it look good. That’s why it is so important to have a solid understanding of Biblical doctrines so as not to be swept away from the truth.
(5) deception (Revelation 12:9)
Satan is the father of lies. He may send people into your life who appear to have just what you’ve been looking for. They may appear godly and say all the right things. Learn to trust the Spirit within.
(6) disruption (1 Thessalonians 2:18)
Paul said that Satan hindered him from visiting the church at Thessalonica. In fact, his ministry was completely derailed and he was imprisoned. But God used him anyway.
If the devil disrupts your good intentions for God, it doesn’t mean your service for the Lord is over. God is not confined by separation, isolation, time, or distance. He can use you where you are.
The Bible warns that we’re to be on guard against false prophets. How easy it is to fall for doctrine that tickles our ears, yet is contrary to the truth of God’s word. Satan is the master liar. His desire is your eternal destruction, to keep you from a saving knowledge of Jesus. And once you’re saved, he will do all he can to extract you from the faith. Don’t ever think you are so wise that you can’t fall for one of the devil’s lies. Be on guard. Resist.
You may have noticed that I didn’t mention disease as a tool of Satan. Just as Satan doesn’t deserve the credit for all our troubles, so it is with sickness. He can use illness only if God allows it.
The cause of life’s troubles is not nearly so important as what we do about them. What matters is what we’re doing today in response to those difficulties. Whatever the cause, God’s word provides a remedy for every problem.
Please take notice of this important point. Everything that God tells us to do to avoid and resist the devil should be standard daily operating procedure for every Christian. And it can be reduced to two things, trust in God and faithful obedience to His word.
And so we come to these great words of comfort:
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25
For more on this topic, check out this article: Your Thorn of Trouble that Won’t Go Away
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