For We Are Not Ignorant of the Enemy’s Schemes

August 13, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

I have done this so that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.

-2 Corinthians 2:11

As we grow in our study of God’s word, we may find a trend that emerges: God speaks only truth, and Satan speaks only lies. We see this play out in our lives as we experience Christ day in and day out. We may have a revelation in a myriad of circumstances, proclaiming, Wow, what God says really is true, and what the enemy says really is a lie. This is a beautiful revelation, Beloved. We must continue to strive to seek God’s face so that this is revealed time and time again, and even more importantly, that we spot the lies before we head down a dangerous road of destruction.

Satan is not only a liar, but a great counterfeiter. One of his schemes is to take a truth of God’s, twist it, present some phoney alternative, then get us to embrace it and call it good. He does all this, while at the same time calling God’s good thing, bad. And this kind of scheme will continue to increase in frequency as we grow closer to Jesus’ glorious appearing. The enemy knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12), therefore, his deceptive tactics will increase. The question is–will we fall prey, or will we continue to walk in the light of God’s truth?

How are you and I going to be able to spot the schemes? How will we truly know what is good and what is bad? To answer these questions, I go back to an analogy my mentor once told me about experts in spotting counterfeit money. Instead of spending hours trying to figure out all the ways someone could counterfeit the bills, they spend hours studying and handling the real bills. They master what a true bill looks like so a counterfeit bill will stick out like a sore thumb.

The same is true with truth and lies in the world. If we strive to become “experts” at knowing the truth by reading, studying, and re-reading the Bible, we will see the lies for the phoney devices they are. We will become wiser and wiser, and thus not put ourselves in the vulnerable position of being ignorant of what’s going on around us. His schemes will get more and more deceptive. We fight back by studying the truth to deeper and deeper levels.

So the question becomes–how much time do you and I spend studying the truth? Satan’s not going to play fair and wait for us to get our act together. He’s going to strike like a roaring lion, excited to devour anyone he can (see 1 Peter 5:8). Don’t fall victim to his schemes. In Christ, you have the power of God through the Holy Spirit and the sword of the Spirit through the word of God. Fight the good fight of faith. Don’t be ignorant of his schemes. Know the truth according to God’s word.

By Courtney Silberman

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