Devices Designed By The Devil

In a recent post on the mannaman’s blog, Dave Lewis, shares a great story from the movie Patton.  George C. Scott plays the controversial and eccentric General George S. Patton. The scene that David describes is early in the war and the movie.

Patton is preparing to face Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, Germany’s most decorated military leader. Rommel is preparing to launch a massive assault on Allied troops in North Africa. His specialty is tank warfare. But Patton’s intelligence service has intercepted a German radio transmission bearing news of the impending attack. On the morning of the battle, Patton is awakened by his aids. A book lies open on his night stand. It’s title: The Tank in Attack, by Erwin Rommel. As Allied forces spring their surprise, and quite successful assault on the enemy, Patton can be seen smiling as he peers through binoculars at the carnage of battle. “Rommel,” shouts Patton through smiling teeth, “you magnificent (expletive deleted). I read your book!”

David then asks, “So how do you win a battle?”  His answer?  “You become familiar with the enemy’s tactics, gain knowledge of his ways, study his personality and strategies in previous battles.”

I’m been thinking about that post for a while.  Of course, our enemy is the devil.  We all know that.  We’re familiar with the Biblical metaphors.  Roaring lion.  Old serpent. Prince of Darkness.  But what’s his tactic to tempt us?  His strategy to ensnare us?. His devices to deceive us?  Here’s three.

     #1 He Amuses. Satan has always been the master of amusement, entertainment and  pleasure.  He deceived Eve into disobeying God by eating the forbidden fruit.  It was pleasant to the eyes and good to eat.

The great deceiver says, “There’s no harm in looking!”  Enjoying.  Nibbling!  He amuses us today through TV shows that glorifies immorality and carnality.  He presents them as  pleasurable and certainly preferable to abstinence, self discipline and sobriety.

He piques our curiosity for carnal pleasures through the internet.  Through movies he titillates the senses.  Through romance novels he feeds the lurid imagination.  Through music he mocks our morals.

     #2 He Excuses. The Devil will allure you to find alibis for disobeying  God’s Word, for neglecting his work, and for seeking the secular instead of the spiritual.  “I’m too busy.”  “I don’t have any talent” “Someone else could do a better job.” “I’m too young…too old.” “We’ve got other obligations.” “I’ll do more when the kids are grown” “I have more time, more money, when work slows down, when the economy gets better, when I retire..”

And the list of excuses goes on and on.  And Satan smiles gleefully!

     #3 He Infuses.  Really?  Can the devil do that?  John 13:2 says the devil had entered the heart of Judas.  He filled it with greed.  Corruption. Betrayal.  Of course, he can’t do it without your permission. But when our hearts are unprotected from his devices, and susceptible to sin, we are vulnerable.

He infuses our minds with doubt.  Doubting God.  Doubting His Word.  Doubting His promises.

     Discouragement is another devise of the devil.  He loves to infuse our hearts with emotions that drain us.  Wear us down.  Cause us to give up.  Or give out.  Discouragement erodes our self esteem,  weakens our resolve, and diminishes our defenses.

This spiritual predator may fill our hearts with pride that leads to over confidence.  Selfishness. Reliance of our own abilities rather than God’s. Pride precedes our fall.  And is predictive of our failure.

So how do we defeat the devil?  Be aware of his devices.  Be alert to his tactics. Be awake to his schemes  And then follow the advice of James. 

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  (James 4:7-8).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under Devil, Sin

15 responses to “Devices Designed By The Devil

  1. Larry

    Good Post, Ken. We need to “know” the enemy to effectively fight him.

  2. Peter Thomas

    A timely post in the age of the internet. The internet can have a positive influence such as through this blog. However, more often it serves the devil well as his workshop.

  3. Sara Puckett

    Very good post Ken, We have to be the watchful servant of Christ.

  4. Erma Lambert

    Thank you

  5. I worked up a PPT file for the lesson. Added a point to it. May preach it later. If you want, I can send it to you.

  6. Christopher Webb

    Thanks Ken!! I really needed this!! :))

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