Strategy of the Enemy

Recognizing and Resisting the Ploys of the Adversary of Our Souls

In dealing with a matter of assembly discipline, the apostle Paul warned the believers at Corinth to be spiritually alert by not being ignorant of the devil’s “devices” lest he take advantage of them. (2 Cor 2:11) Although they had been established in the faith this gifted, but immature assembly was admonished to be wary of the devil’s strategies so that he would not gain a foothold in the meeting and mar their testimony for Christ.  Loud and clear, Paul trumpeted the clarion call for spiritual vigilance.  That same clarion call for spiritual vigilance likewise needs to be trumpeted in our day as well.  The principle emphasized here and in other portions of Scripture serve to remind Christians everywhere of the spiritual acumen required to recognize and resist the ploys of the adversary so that they do not become spiritual casualties.

In considering a biblical study on the strategy of the enemy, it is both significant and reassuring to know that his demise is certain as foretold in the Scriptures.  His defeat was prophesied in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15); achieved through the work of Christ (2 Tim. 1:10); and will be consummated in a future day when he is cast into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:10). But despite the fact that the Bible clearly declares his defeat, believers are nevertheless exhorted to stand against the wiles of the devil to prevent him from further hindering the work of the Lord.  In order to accomplish this it is imperative that we understand his tactics and the type of ammunition that he uses in his attempt to accomplish his chief aim–to destroy the work of God. (John 10:10)

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