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What You Can Do to Guard Against Satanic Attack

Posted on July 8, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

1 Peter 5:8-9

All Christians are subject to satanic attack. That’s why we’re told to “be alert.” And just in case you don’t think it’s a big deal or you’re not a target for evil, Peter warns you should take this counsel seriously. Be “of sober mind.” It’s no laughing matter. You could be next.

This is the second of three devotions on the reality of Satan. Tomorrow we’ll look at 7 Ways Satan Attacks Believers. Bad things happen, but not all of them can be attributed to the devil. Today, however, we’ll focus on God’s instruction on how we can avoid and ward off those evil attacks.

We’ve already seen the importance of being alert and sober minded. By the way, Satan is a liar and deceiver. He would love for you to think all this talk about satanic attacks and spiritual warfare is much ado about nothing.

In verse 9, we’re told to “resist him, standing firm in the faith.” Hold onto sound Biblical instruction. Remain firmly aligned with Christ and His promises.

I find it amazing how family members and friends are experts on a faith they refuse to accept. And some of their arguments are convincing. They don’t mind treating you like you’re a fool for believing such nonsense. Don’t allow the devil to cause you to doubt your faith or change your godly belief system.

When your faith is challenged, don’t blow your witness. Remain true to godly values. Satan will push all your buttons to provoke you into saying or doing something you will regret. He’s a master at making the good guy look like the bad guy. Resist.

James 4:7 echoes Peter’s  instruction and tells us what we can expect when we resist the devil. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

The most thorough teaching on how to resist Satan is found in Ephesians 6:11-17. “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (v11) The verses that follow expound upon the extraordinary armor with which we have been equipped.

(1) Truth

What does God say about you and your relationship to Him? What does God say about the situation with which you have been confronted? Abide by the Lord’s truth and not by Satan’s distortion of it. And if you don’t immediately know the answer, find wise counsel. If you can’t find it in God’s word seek help from a respected Christian. You’ve heard it all your life that the truth will set you free. Find it and resist the devil.

(2) Righteousness

Don’t give the evil one an opening by engaging in sinful behavior. Once you have been lured down the path to temptation, it’s a long and hard road back.

(3) The Gospel of Peace

When you gave your life to Christ, you ceased to be at enmity with God. You entered into His peace. There is no peace to be found with Satan. His way always leads to chaos. Rest in the reality of the peace you have with God. Do not be suckered into anger that seeks evil revenge or results in ungodly behavior.

(4) Faith

I can’t improve on that great old hymn, Standing on the Promises. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and put the devil on notice that you will not put up with his evil nonsense.

(5) Salvation

You are saved by grace and through faith. You’re a child of the King, your birthright is irrevocable, and you belong to Jesus.

(6) The word of God

When Jesus was confronted by Satan in the wilderness, he responded with the truth of God’s word. The greater our understanding and knowledge of scripture, the greater our ability to resist the devil’s attempts at tripping us up.

(7) Prayer

Verse 18 adds prayer to the list. It wasn’t included in the armor illustration used by Paul to instruct us on how to resist the devil. But prayer definitely applies. “… pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

The bottom line: God has equipped us with all we need for resisting the devil and his schemes. And we have God’s promise that He will give us strength and protection when we’re under attack.

For more on this topic, check out this article: 7 Ways Satan Attacks Believers

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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How God Protects Us from Satanic Attacks

Posted on July 7, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

Studies have concluded that many Christians do not believe Satan is a literal being. They see him as a figurative representation of evil. However, I believe there is more than enough scriptural evidence to prove the devil is real.

Satan has supernatural but limited power. He is not deity. He is not comparable to God. Unlike our Lord, the devil is not omnipotent (all powerful), nor omniscient (all knowing), nor omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time). And the evil one is definitely not immutable (unchanging and unchangeable). God’s truth never changes. But there is no truth in Satan. He twists, convolutes, lies, and manipulates to accomplish his evil purposes.

Satan is a created being, a fallen angel who hates both God and man and works to defeat God’s plan of grace and salvation through Christ.

This is the first of three devotions in which we will explore the reality of Satan. Today, we’ll look at How God Protects Us from Satanic Attacks. Tomorrow, we’ll explore What You Can Do to Guard Against Satanic Attack. And then on the third day the subject will be 7 Ways Satan Attacks Believers.

Before we freak out over this evil menace who desires to harm us, we must keep the promise in our focus text top of mind. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

In fact, Jesus’ earthly mission was to destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:8) which He accomplished by His victory at Calvary and the beginning of the age of grace.

Notice how Jesus contrasted His redemptive work with Satan’s destructive plan. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Satan robs and kills. Jesus gives abundant life.

Jesus defeated Satan, but He didn’t destroy him. That will come later after the Lord’s second coming. Until then, the devil remains, prowling like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8), looking to keep unbelievers from the faith (2 Corinthians 4:4), and disrupting the lives of believers. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Before going to the cross, Jesus expressed His concern about Satan’s attacks on His followers in a prayer to the Father. “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)

Back to our focus text. Notice the two things that God will faithfully do for us: strengthen and protect.

Neither term means that our lives will be kept from attack. Scripture teaches otherwise. But we can expect that when we are assaulted with evil that God will strengthen us for the ordeal and protect us from irreparable harm.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at how God has equipped us to handle demonic attacks. An important segment of scripture on the subject is found in Ephesians 6. At verse 6, in the context of protecting ourselves with the shield of faith, we learn that we can “extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” As Christians we can expect that Satan will launch assaults against us, but God strengthens us for the battle and protects us by fending off Satan’s arrows.

The devil is noisy, brash, and can stir up more than enough racket to unsettle you. Your day can be going along nicely and all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, all hell breaks loose. An irate coworker. An unfair demand from a boss. A false accusation by a friend or family member. Trouble in your home life or a shocking health concern.

Just remember, when those evil arrows start flying, that God has promised to protect you. My wife and I have had many discussions over the years on this topic. We have regularly observed that “the arrows fly, but nothing hits.” Lots of scary stuff, but we will survive the attack.

Can everything bad that happens to us be attributed to Satan? No. We’ll look at ways to recognize what is and what isn’t OF the devil in the third devotional in this series.

Here’s the good news. You’re on the winning team. Satan can intimidate you but he can’t have you. In the end, he will be destroyed. (Revelation 12:9; 19:20)

When you suspect you are under demonic attack — PRAY. Claim God’s promise: “… the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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