Monday, June 01, 2009

The "Devices" of Satan

2 Cor. 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
  1. Diversion - turning the mind from things great to small, the unseen and eternal to the visible and temporal - 2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
  2. Delusion - lies and wiles by denials, evasions, and misrepresentations - 2 Cor. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Gen. 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
  3. Doubt - inducing hesitation by a "gospel of negation" leading to uncertainty, mental and moral - Rom. 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
  4. Double-mindedness - compromise, trying to serve God and mammon - Matt. 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 2 Cor. 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
  5. Darkness - enveloping the soul in gloom, either of imaginary difficulty, alienation from God, or despair - Isa. 50:10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
  6. Deadness - substituting "dead works" for living, form of godliness without its power, ritualism, etc. - Heb. 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
  7. Delay - procrastinating all that is good, leading men to put off the time of decision and action - Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

From Knowing the Scriptures by A.T. Pierson



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