1. Satan Wants Your Attention
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While we should not be ignorant of his devices, as stated previously, we also should not spend any undue or unnecessary time or effort worrying about him. We should not adopt a “demon under every rock” mentality. This is a mind-set that believes that Satan is behind every wrong or divisive thing, every evil event, or sinful notion. While it is true, as the saying goes, that “the devil is busy,” we must be careful not to assign to him more power than he actually has; especially as it pertains to the Christian life.
When this happens, we unwittingly allow him to wield power over us that he does not have. By ascribing to him that which he has not done, we give him the attention that he craves. He actually does not have the power that many assign to him.
For instance, Satan cannot force you to sin. I have heard it stated that he can make you do what you do not want to do. Satan forcing a Christian to sin, in essence, gives him a place of dominance that he just does not have. It would be as if he has the proverbial gun to our head, while telling us to sin or else.
Whatever sin that happens in your life, whether it be by commission, or by omission — it is by choice. We may succumb to temptation, or be deceived in some matter, or even make a bad decision in the heat of a moment — but the choice is yours.
Secondly, Satan cannot read your mind. He is not omniscient, and only knows what he sees. The thought that he has some sort of dossier on each of us is not as far-fetched as it may sound. Satan and his minions know where to tempt and attack you personally, because of observation. They watch and have seen, maybe through trial and error, and come to a “knowledge” of how to deal with us. But this is not foreknowledge. His temptations can be thwarted, by using God’s way of escape.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Finally, and most importantly, Satan cannot do whatever he pleases. We should bless the Lord daily that he is not a free agent. With all that he does do, and all that he is responsible for, God has him on a leash. This is language that he does not appreciate, and is offensive to him. But are we in Christ, trying not to offend the devil? I think not. Satan does nothing concerning you unless God permits him. The point being, as stated, we are not to give him the attention he does not deserve.
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