Apr. 30, 2023
Recognize the Devil’s Game Plan!
Hebrews 2:14 (NASB) …that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
- Statement Of Fact: If we Don’t have a Solid Biblical Understanding of the Devil, of our Christ-Imparted Authority over him and our Divine Weaponry – we’re left Wide-Open to All Kinds of Wrong Thinking, Vain Imaginations, Fears and Unfounded Methods of Opposing our Enemy.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 14 Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.
The Devil’s Game Plan:
1.) He Operates by CONSENT & COOPERATION!
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. (“Schemes” = Gk: “methodeia” - Methods, Trickery, Deception)
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters (from the Viewpoint of a Demon), “The fact that ‘devils’ are predominately comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.”
- MIS-Information & DIS-Information (Dictionary.com)
- MIS-Information – “False Information that is Spread, without Intent to Mislead.”
- DIS-Information – “False Information, as about a country’s military strength or plans, disseminated by a government or intelligence agency, in a hostile act of tactical political subversion.” Generally: “Deliberately Misleading or Biased Information; Manipulated Narrative or Facts; Propaganda.”
- Satan Does the SAME THING! (He said to EVE, “Did God really Tell you…”)
2 Corinthians 2:11 (NASB) so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, (Not be Outwitted) for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
2.) He Needs a PERSON & PERMISSION!
Proverbs 23:7 (NASB) For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
3.) He Targets the MIND & MEMORY!
- “If he can Get you to Think the Way he Wants you to Think; Then he can Get you to DO What he Wants you to DO!”
2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…
2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (ESV) 3For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion (Prideful Thoughts) raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,