II Corinthians 2:11 ….for we are not ignorant of his devices…….
“Doubt” is one of Satan’s devices. To sow unbelief is one of the best arms in his arsenal. Doubt the Word of God or the Bible is not for today, or the Scriptures don’t mean what they say.
Satan used such in the Garden of Eden. He got Eve to question what God had said. He injected the poison of doubt and disobedience in her heart. The ruin of the race began. The pall of sin and death fell upon this beautiful world. Its recovery must come through faith.
Satan tried the same tactics on Jesus, “If Thou be the Son of God….” Jesus, like David, had more than one stone in His bag. He did not have to remind the devil that the Father had just assured Him of His good pleasure: “This is My beloved Son…” Jesus used only the Scriptures to carry the Day.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh to God must believe that God exists and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” By seeking we’ll prove His promise, “ye shall find!”
Decisions for eternity are made here. Jesus said to a certain man, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible.” He replied, “Lord, I believe, help Thou my unbelief.” The God-given prescription for faithful sick souls is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” When we wholeheartedly believe, God is bound to act. He answers us, “Be it unto thee according to thy faith.”
The devil seeks to keep us back from venturing all on the unadulterated Word of God. John the Baptist’s last recorded words, “He that believeth in the Son has everlasting life: he that believeth not shall be damned.” How could one put it [more] plain[ly]? Faith is our only access to this Source of Life.
Therefore in order to receive “His Living Touch,” we must believe.
“Deception” is another one of Satan’s devices. He puts new names on ancient arts. He labels evil things with pleasant names. It’s an old trick. Youngsters try it on Halloween – change street signs, etc.
Druggists have practiced it for centuries, covering bitter pills with sugar coating. False religion is putting sheep’s clothing on ravenous wolves; whited sepulchers full of dead men’s bones; cleansing the outside of the cup and platter but full of uncleanness. It’s sweeping the wrong under the rug!
Bethsaida, a nice name – meaning “House of Mercy,” full of cripples and diseased. Lies and errors wrapped up in attractive parcels. Even Satan’s agents go under the “aliases” of apostles of Christ. Like the cigarette ads that fill every media of communication. They picture the athletic type, prospering businessmen, good society with sports car and the jet set, radiating health, and energy. They are photographed at vacation centers, beautiful beaches, picturesque pools, and paradisiacal places. They never show the victims of their drug: cancer hospitals, patients without voice-boxes, missing lungs, walking skeletons of misery and suffering.
Procrastination is Satan’s successful device too. He emphasizes “tomorrow.” “Go thy way for this time, when I have a more convenient season, I’ll call thee.” It never came! God says, “Today.” Satan says, “Tomorrow.” Tomorrow I’m going to decide. Tomorrow I’m going to pray, read my Bible, write that letter, and do that good deed. I’ll call “later!”
It’s already LATER than you think. The world’s worst gamblers trifle with the Mercy of God. Will His Spirit continue to strive? “Now” is the acceptable time. “Now” is the Day of Salvation. We seldom see the Tempter in his ugly form. He was the most subtle of any beast of the field. He was attractive. He came with God’s Word in his mouth, talking but not walking – he has no feet.
He used a trusted helpmeet to reach Adam, Eve. He tried to down Job with his wife. Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarah.
The rest is history that has plagued the world ever since. Jesus detected the devil’s cunningness in Peter’s tongue. He answered, “Get thee behind Me, Satan.”
Another clever device is to “sham defeat” to get us to let down our guard, to become careless. Look out! There’s no quarters nor discharge in this warfare.