He Is Crafty (Knowing The Enemy Part 6)

Right from the beginning of man, Satan has been scheming to get focus off of the big picture.  In Genesis 3, the fall of man, it refers to the serpent with the Hebrew word aruwm, which means cunning or crafty.  In the case of Eve, he had to narrow her focus to that one thing that would make her fall.  He obviously knew what that was, and he knows what thing will make you fall, that one thing that is your weakness.  He will narrow your scope down and make you concentrate on whatever that weakness is to make you lose sight of God.

Colossians 3:2 says to “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”  Paul had to tell us to always keep our focus on God, and what He has in mind for our lives, because he knew that things happening in this world would draw us away from God.  I have seen many Christians who get too busy with things going on in everyday life to have any kind of meaningful communion with God.  Sometimes God has to slow them down or make them stop for awhile to get their attention.  At times He uses the physical body to get their attention and bring Christians back to Him.

He will try to use you against God.  Not only does the enemy want to paralyze you as a Christian, he also would love to be able to use you against God.  Make no mistake, people are watching you, and if Satan can get your thoughts to be in line with his, then he can actually use you to hurt the kingdom of God.

Actions speak louder than words, we have all heard that.  It is very true in the Christian realm.  We are ambassadors of Christ here on earth.  We are his representatives.  If we fall or stumble, it can hurt people who are struggling with Christianity, and Satan will make it as public as he can.  The devil would like to destroy us, our families, friends and anyone who is in our lives by blaming God for our illness.  Remember how Satan used Job’s illness to turn Job’s own wife against God.  But Job was faithful!  We cannot control others’ reactions, but we need to be constantly on guard to not allow the enemy to use our actions against God.

Today I will leave you with something I read recently that helped me put things into perspective:  We are not humans having a spiritual experience, but rather we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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