by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday May 31, 2005
The Real War
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
The Enemy’s primary strategy against the believer is deception. 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us that Satan often “disguises himself as an angel of light,” and Jesus called him “the father of lies.” (John 8:44) Thus, our best weapon is the truth, which sets us free from deception’s bondage. (John 8:32)
It is hard to avoid deception when you are not aware of the Enemy’s schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11) One of his oldest deceptions, which goes back to Adam and Eve, is the temptation to doubt what the Lord says. To do so means to doubt God’s heart and character, which is like a soldier on the front line setting down his weapon as the enemy approaches—mistrusting God sets you up to be knocked down repeatedly by the Adversary. If you listen to this voice of doubt, you give Satan a foothold; that will weaken you so that he can gear up to bring about further destruction.
Another scheme of the Enemy is to distract the believer. A distraction is anything that drags you away from what is most important at that moment and makes you so busy that you lose your focus. Satan doesn’t use just blatantly sinful or superficial things to divert us from abiding in Christ —he will even use good things to subtly build up a wall of “noise” around you so that you gradually stop listening to God’s voice.
Ask the Lord to show you any area in your life where you may be susceptible to deception. He will give you power to claim the truth and walk in freedom.
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