I want to continue some of the thoughts from last week. We certainly can take great comfort in knowing that through and by Christ we have full and complete victory. We know that we are in a spiritual conflict and that the opposition is great, but greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.
Satan’s opposition is not to be sought after, as in the bizarre searching for a demon behind every bush. Satan tempted Adam and Eve to doubt God’s goodness and disobey His word. His opposition to Job was evident in the form of natural disasters and human weakness.
His temptation of David seems to be in terms of an appeal to his pride. So too, his temptation of our Lord was an appeal to what we would think of as natural ambitions and desires.
Satan’s opposition to the believer is seldom direct and is most often through other means, which we might not recognize as being satanically inspired. In very few instances did Satan directly involve himself in his attack against men. He did directly tempt our Lord, but this is certainly the exception. Usually, he prefers to speak through other instruments, so that we don’t recognize that it is he who is opposing us. He spoke through a serpent in the Garden of Eden, and he spoke through Peter when he resisted Christ’s plan to die on the cross. More often, Satan employs demons to do his bidding.
The great lesson in this is, and what we will continue to write on next week, is understanding his tactics and realizing how he comes at us. We need to see and know that he can pose as an angel of light and deceive us if we are not careful and diligent. The Bible says to try the spirits and see whether they are of God or of Satan. Learn and know God’s word and learn and know His voice. When we know God through a relationship with Jesus and fellowship with the Holy Ghost then we will recognize what is not Him.
I pray you have a victorious and happy weekend in the Lord!!