Over my years as a Christian, I have seen some stuff.
As Christians, we have an enemy. His name is satan. He has been hounding humans since the very beginning of time with Adam & Eve. He’s still at work in our midst, only now he has a few thousand years of practice under his belt, and he is the best at what he does, and that is to deceive.
I’m going to share just a few of the strategies of the enemy that I have been able to uncover. This is not an exhaustive list, though you may find yourself being exhausted by the end of it.
Scheme # 1
The old, “I’m too busy serving the Lord that I don’t have time to spend time with Him” trick.
The story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42 is probably one of the most popular passages in Scripture. We’ve picked on Martha so much that now we feel sorry for her. So, we (as a whole) have begun to justify her actions. This is an elaborate con inside of a scheme. We’ve convinced ourselves that there is a time to serve Jesus without listening to Him. I mean, who would make the food if everyone was at Jesus’ feet? Haha, that’s too funny. Here’s exactly what Jesus said to Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” The passage itself describes Martha as being “distracted with all of her preparations.” There’s no justification for NOT spending time with our Savior. Ever. I truly believe that our relationship with Jesus (i.e. time spent at the feet of our Lord) is both the first line of defense and the last line of defense when it comes to living a victorious Christian life. So, this scheme is the lie that if I’m “serving” Jesus in some kind of practical way, then I am exempt from spending time with Him. Recap: We can never be so busy serving Him that we neglect spending time with Him. Scheme EXPOSED!
Scheme # 2
“I can fight the devil from inside my mind.”
Did you know the devil CANNOT READ YOUR MIND? That’s right. He’s just a created being. The devil is NOT God. He is neither omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (everywhere present), nor is he omnipotent (all powerful). So, there is only ONE Who is all those things, and that is Jesus! To confess, out loud, with our mouths, is to put the enemy on notice. He must obey what we say! As Christians, Jesus has given us all authority over the enemy. This particular scheme keeps our commands inside our heads thinking we are doing battle. The problem is, the devil can’t hear our thoughts, so he doesn’t have to do anything we “think.” He (or one of his minions) suggests lies to us, and what we do with those lying thoughts will result in some action, whether good or evil. Either way, if we want him to leave us at any given time, we must speak out loud the name of Jesus, or some truth from God’s Word. Remember the scripture in Proverbs, “The power of death and life is in the tongue.” See how the tongue is where the power lies? What are you speaking today? Are you repeating lies of death from the enemy, or are you speaking truth and life? Recap: the devil can’t read your mind, so if you want him to do something, like get away from you, you’ll have to speak it out of your mouth. Scheme EXPOSED!
Scheme # 3
“I am especially different, or I am especially special.”
I just recently learned of this scheme. A Christian feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. From school, to work, and even in Church she feels like an outcast. “Surely no one understands me. I’m especially different. It’s just me and Jesus, I guess.” This kind of thinking leads to insecurity and isolation.
Another Christian feels like he is so special to the Lord that no one understands the “closeness” he has with God. He begins to believe he cannot relate to anyone in the Body of Christ because no one has such a special relationship with God like he has. He feels like he is especially special. This leads to pride and isolation.
Tell me, what does a predator do to weaken its prey? Well, the first thing it does is separate the animal from the group. Away from the protection of the others, the prey is vulnerable, and will be viciously attacked. You see that both of these lies lead to isolation. The one who feels especially different doesn’t “fit” with anyone else. The one who feels especially special doesn’t think anyone fits with him. Both are isolated. Both are unprotected prey for our enemy. The moment we surrender our lives to Jesus we are placed into HIS BODY. We ALL belong. We all fit. There is no one more special or more different than another. We have one goal, one Head, one faith, and one body. If we believe the lie of the enemy then we will be isolated, and abundant life will elude us. We NEED each other. That’s just a fact. I love exposing this scheme because it brings us to the truth that WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST and there’s nothing we can’t do together! Recap: No Christian is especially different, or especially special. Scheme EXPOSED!
There are many more schemes that should be exposed, but that’s all the room we have for today.
“…so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:11
My fellow Christians, let’s not get caught in the trap of enemy’s schemes. We know better now.
Shalom, Big D