It is no secret Satan has a hatred toward man, especially those that are in the kingdom of God. He hates us because we represent God, and it reminds him of the battle he lost on the cross. While Satan does not accept defeat, he is always out to attack us in any way he can. Below are some of the ways he works against us.
1- Satan deceives man 1 Timothy 4:1 -2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
Along with deception, he lies to us about everything. He lies about how awesome and wonderful we are in the eyes of God. He uses other people to hurt us with condemning words to crush our hopes, dreams, visions, and what God is speaking to us. These words will place doubt and unbelief in our heart.
2- Satan blinds the minds of God’s people 2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
He blinds man through deception, and we begin believing lies in all areas of our life. He will also try to distort our Biblical World View
3- Satan is fierce and cruel 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.
I use to hear Christians say, ” Oh, Satan is a toothless lion.” I don´t think so. He has teeth, and when he bites, it hurts.
4- Intelligent and subtle: 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest somehow as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is Christ’s.
We need to understand Satan has been around a lot longer than we have. He has wisdom, but a wisdom that is pure evil. He is out to destroy the plan the Lord has given and guided us into.
He will always attack your giftings, always placing doubt.
5- He tempts us 1Th 3:5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.
He will tempt you in your weakness, and only you know what that is. Its goal is to get you off track and cause a separation between you and God, and then he will place guilt upon you for falling into temptation.
6- He accuses us Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
Be sure he will remind you of your past sins. Dwelling on the past will make you ineffective for the future.
7- Steal, kill and destroy John 10:10 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.
Sad to say, but Satan is doing a very good job of this. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy your hopes, dreams, plans vision, family, finances.
8-He puts fear in us, influences our emotions 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
The fear in us will paralyze from moving forward.
9-Isolates us Luke 8:27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.
Isolation is a big one, sad to say, many do not think so. It is important to be around those that you can go to for prayer, advice, and counsel. In being isolated, you are unaware of how much of a grasp the enemy has on you. God has called us to fellowship, and it´s also fellowship outside of the church.
He wants to keep us away from other believers, where we can grow, share and pray for others.
Now that you know and understand how he works against us, what is the solution?
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Once the attack has been identified, you will have the strength to resist, and he will run away from you. He will have no choice, and in resisting the enemy, you continue your spiritual growth.