Satan does not need any new strategies. These have worked well for thousands of years.

Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy our lives.
He wants to make your past your future.

"If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

Another way of summarizing this is that Satan wants to:

1. Steal your money
2.  Kill your life and destiny
3. Destroy your family

He is doing a very effective job at all three among many in the world today.

How Sin Affects our Attitudes Toward God

Once we start a pattern of sin we become hesitant to come boldly to God because Satan has convinced us that God could not love us now because of our sin. Satan convinces you that your sin proves what you already believed about yourself--that you are unworthy of God's love. Ultimately Satan wants you to believe 3 lies:

1.  You are POWERLESS over your circumstances.
2. You are a VICTIM to an unjust, unloving God, and you have no value.
3. God has abandoned you.  

Our Response to Sin Must Be Repentance.

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us" (1 John 1:8-10).

Whenever you sin, come in humility and repent of your sin. That is all the Father asks of you. Turn away and walk toward righteousness. When the Father looks at us He no longer looks at our sin or failure; He sees the blood of Jesus covering our sin. That is why we can come boldly to Him if we have repented.

Remember, God loves you no matter what condition you are in. However, Jesus calls us to be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect, and to turn from the sin in our lives. When you fail, simply acknowledge and ask for His grace to walk free so that you can enjoy unbroken fellowship with Jesus.

Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of Change Agent and TGIF Today God Is First  a free email daily devotional.  To learn more about breaking free from Satan’s strategies to defeat you, please go to www.3greatestlies.com and watch Os Hillman’s three free videos.

Publication date: September 12, 2013