by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday September 7, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Satan's attacks against our minds are skillful. By watching how we live, he can determine when and where we are defenseless. While he is not omniscient, he knows just enough to work against us.
First, he directs our attention to something we want. His goal is for us to get so caught up in our perceived needs that we forget about the wonderful things God has already provided for us. Once we have narrowed our focus to getting satisfaction, the Enemy meets our desire with what he wants us to have -something that will ultimately draw us away from God.
Next, he chooses his time to attack. By observing us, he knows those moments when we are most likely to say yes to temptation. He will do anything in his power to get our minds off God and will distract us even during prayer. He also understands our emotional temperature and looks for loneliness, tiredness, and other emotions he can exploit. Satan urges us to "want it now" and tries to hide from view any future consequences.
Finally, the Devil works to create doubt in our minds. He wants us to question the truth of the Word, and even to feel uncertain about our salvation. Once disbelief sets in, as it did for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-6), our minds start rethinking the interpretation of Scripture in order to justify our conduct.
While we are susceptible to Satan's schemes, we are not helpless. (2 Timothy 1:7) Our heavenly Father protects us, our Savior intercedes for us, and the Holy Spirit guides us to the Truth.
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