Revealing the Strategies of the Enemey
Articles - Christian Growth
by Lyn Packer
I thought this month that it would be good to remind us of some of the enemy's most used strategies. The scriptures tell us that He goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8). Notice he is not a roaring lion but he does go around impersonating one, trying to get people to believe the impersonation and succumb to his lies and bluff. Notice also that the falsehood concerning his ability to devour is a part of that lie, it is not a separate thing. But he has been soundly and eternally defeated and disarmed; all that he has left to use are his lies (deception) and fear.
As we know, his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy so all his strategies are aimed at achieving these goals. When we look at the enemy's attacks they all have at their core an attack on the nature and character of God. So next time the enemy comes against you ask what aspect of God's nature or character he is slandering. This will give you a good idea of what to release prophetically over your life and the lives of those you are praying for. Remember what James told us, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." We don't even have to go through a big battle - simply resist him, stand up to him and he will back down. If we believe that we have to go through a big battle then it's because we've bought into one or more of his lies, so ask "Which of his lies have we bought into?" Resist him with the truth!
So what are some of his strategies?
Jesus told us this about the devil (John 8:44), "When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and of all that is false." The devil also loves to tell us he is bigger and more powerful than he actually is, that his forces are highly co-ordinated and that we have to fight huge battles with them to get through to God. It's all lies. We are already seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all powers, principalities etc. They are under Christ's feet and therefore under ours, as we are in him!
Suggestions / Innuendo's
The devil loves to suggest that God is not who the Bible says he is. His suggestions will always paint the Lord in a negative light and will be disparaging in nature, suggesting that God is not good and will not act accordingly. (Do a little study on all the times that the Bible speaks about the goodness of God - it's epic!)
The devil wants to weaken our faith and eventually destroy it. One of the tactics he uses is delay. He may try (as with Daniel in Dan 10) to delay the answer to our prayers getting through so that our faith weakens. He wants us to move into unbelief and dishonor thereby shutting God off from coming through for us.
Instead we can use the weapon of praise and thanking God in advance, as in Ps 50:23, "He who brings an offering of thanksgiving honors Me and prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God." Stand your ground, don't back down!
Satan is the master of deception, error and seduction. He attempts to derail God's purposes by making principles of the spirit into laws of legalism. The devil wants us to step out from under Grace back into Law. When this happens we will think that somehow we have to do something to move the hand of God. His answers are not based on our prayer (or behavior or anything else) but on his goodness!
The devil will try and distract us from our intimacy with the Lord and the assignments we have been given. If he can distract us from intimacy then we will soon move into a works mentality. We are called to relationship first and out of that we will naturally serve with joy.
This can occur toward others, self, church and God, etc. The enemy attempts to magnify the weakness of others to offend and embitter us. When this happens it will cause you to withdraw and to see others and God in a negative light. The goal is to cut you off from openness of heart in your fellowship with God and others.
I'm sure there are other things he uses but these seem to be some of his most used strategies. Take note this month of when he tries to use one of these and instead of giving in, go on the offensive and take ground instead. Declare God's goodness, resist the devil, stand your ground and praise your way to victory!