|Posted by Cheyanne Walker on February 16, 2011 at 8:46 PM|
Devices the Devil Uses to Defeat Christians
II Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
The Bible talks about Satan having devices. The Bible also says as Christians, we should not be ignorant of his devices. The devil not only uses these devices against Christians, but he also may use them to keep lost people from getting saved.
In the previous verse, Paul said, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:” So, he is talking about Christian people. That’s what the devil wants to do. He wants to get an advantage over you. If you are saved, the devil cannot get your soul. He has already lost that battle. He cannot get your soul; however, he can get everything else you’ve got. He can get your rewards, your testimony, your joy, & even your Christian effectiveness. The devil has particular, little devices, sort of like a tool box. Inside a tool box are wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, etc. that are there for different purposes to do different things. The devil is like that. He has his little “toolbox”, in which it has certain devices that work for certain people. The devil has his “tools” for each of us that we need to be more aware of.
Let’s look at some of the devil’s devices that he uses to defeat Christians.
1. The failure of a professing Christian
I Peter 2:21 says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
There is a reason that the Bible tells us we need to walk in Christ’s steps and we need to look toward Him. When you get your eyes off of Jesus Christ and you start looking toward man, the devil will use the failure of professing Christians to defeat you. A lot of Christians are out of church because someone they knew, or respected, failed and now they are out of church. A lot of husbands and wives will get out of church because their spouse will get out of church. Let me say something… you cannot base your Christian life by what other people do. There are people out there today that got hurt in a church because a spiritual leader, or the pastor, a Sunday school teacher, or someone they looked up to and respected failed and made a mistake, and because of the failure of that professing Christian, they are not serving God today. The devil has used that device to destroy you.
2. Persecution or opposition
John 16:33 says, “… In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
In II Corinthians 11, Paul starts talking about the troubles that he encountered. The Apostle Paul said that he was beaten 5 times and got 39 stripes. 3 times he was beaten with rods, once he was stoned, and 3 times he suffered shipwreck. Paul also suffered from perils of robbers and perils in the wilderness. Yet after all the beatings, being stoned and shipwrecked, being put in jail, and all the perils he faced, he remained the greatest Christian that ever lived. He did not let persecution and opposition bring him down. Persecution will either destroy you or make you stronger. When everything starts going wrong, some people will just throw in the towel. Maybe they’ve given up because of financial struggles, divorce, loss of job, but why do they get out of church? They will tell you that the opposition and problems came. The fact of the matter is, whether you are in church or out of church, you are going to have trouble. The Bible says, “In the world ye shall have tribulation…” You might as well have tribulation and be right with God, as opposed to having tribulation and not being right with God. That’s simply one of the devil’s tools.
In Spain alone, during the dark ages, between 300 and 400 thousand Christians died in the Spanish Inquisition at the hands of Rome. They were being tortured and slain left and right, but those Christians would not give in. We don’t see that. We may get some persecution and a little opposition, but it isn’t anything like what they went through. The least little problem will hit us and we’re just ready to give up! The devil realizes that little tool of opposition is what damages some people.
3. A severe trial or sorrow
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee:”
I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” When a major trial or trouble comes our way, Christians are bad for going to everybody in the world but God. We will go to everybody around asking them to pray about the situation, and there’s nothing wrong with that… but we will go to everybody but the Lord! When there’s a trial or sorrow in someone’s life, they will get out of church. Trials are a little different than persecutions and oppositions, but they will come. Job faced trials. Job lost all of his cattle, all of his servants, and then fire fell down and burnt up his sheep and more servants. Then, the wind came and knocked down the building where all of his children were and he lost all 10 of his children. Next he had boils break out all over his body. All of these horrible things happened in just a short period of time. Job faced trials and sorrow. At the beginning when all of this happened, the Bible said that, “Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Don’t let a trial or sorrow get you out of service for the Lord. No matter what pain or sorrow you are going through, someone else is going through something worse. It may be the loss of a loved one, loss of job, bad health conditions, but no matter what the trial is, they will make you bitter or they will make you better. This is one of the devil’s devices for defeating Christians, and it works.
4. The pull of the world
The pull of the world is real, real strong on young people. There are young people today that are not in church, not serving the Lord, not doing what they’re supposed to, all because of the pull of the world. I believe right now, the world has more pull and allurement than it ever has. With technology, music, television, and easy access to information, the world has become one big unit, which is what the devil wants it to be. The devil will reach down in his toolbox and pull out the tool of the world’s allurement and show it to people, and he’s got them! A little more income, a little nicer job, a nicer car, a bigger house, and a little bit more “fun” will get Christians away from God. The pull of the world is like a tornado. It comes through wide open, exciting, and everything gets caught up in it; however, when you look behind it, you see nothing but destruction and heartache. The world is on a wide open course. Everybody is partying and living it up and having a good time, but when you look behind them, there is nothing good that comes from the world. I John 2:15 says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” The pull of the world is strong. Is it controlling the way you dress? What you watch? If it can control what you wear and what you watch, is it controlling where you go? If it’s controlling where you go, it can control what you do. The allurement of this world is one of the devil’s handiest tools.
5. The neglect of fellowship that a Christian has with God
Jesus said in John 15:4, “Abide in me, and I in you.” And in verse 6 Jesus said, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered:” When you stop fellowshipping with the Lord, you lay your Bible down. I’m not talking about going out and doing something bad, I’m simply talking about laying your Bible down and not reading it. Then, you stop praying. You may pray a little bit but it’s nothing compared to what your prayer life used to be. You start neglecting your fellowship with God, and when you do that, you start growing cold. When you start growing cold, you start drifting. And before you know it, the devil has defeated you as a Christian. You have no fruit. You’re not influencing anybody. You’re not winning anyone to Christ. You have lost all your joy and the devil has defeated you when all you have done is neglect your fellowship with God. What a device! The pull of the world may not get you. Maybe you’ve toughed it out through trials and oppositions, but when it comes to fellowship with God, it’s easy for you to lay your Bible aside and let it collect dust. You know what happened? The devil just reached in his box and pulled out the tool that fit you.
6. Willful disobedience
The devil will find a temptation that bugs you. Everyone has temptations. I Corinthians 10:13 says that temptation is common to man. God knows what your temptation is. He knows the thing that tempts you the most. Can I tell you this? So does the devil. The devil knows your weakest point. Since he knows, he will throw it up to you all the time. The devil knows what we like and he knows what appeals to our flesh. He’s going to throw it our way all the time, whatever it may be. When we give in to that temptation, the cost is too high to pay. Giving in to that temptation will mess up your testimony, your joy, your security, your meaning in life, and when it comes down to it, it messes up everything. One of the devil’s devices is temptation, which makes you willfully disobey. The more you read the Bible, the more you are able to withstand that temptation; however, you are still tempted. And when you pray, the better equipped you are to face that temptation, but you’re still tempted. The greatest man whoever stepped foot on the planet was tempted. Jesus Christ was tempted on this earth, yet He did not sin. None of the devil’s devices worked when it came to Jesus Christ. But his best device when it came to Jesus, was temptation, but it just wouldn’t work! But you know what? It will work on most people here. Temptation is the devil’s greatest device. Maybe you’ve given into temptation or have been defeated by one of the devil’s devices, the good news is, there is forgiveness in the Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever device the devil is throwing your way, you can get it right today!