Feb. 23, 2016
From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
In 2 Corinthians 2:11, Paul states “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” This passage among others reminds us that we have an adversary who is on a mission to destroy us spiritually (cf. 1 Pet. 5:8). Satan is on a mission to destroy the faith of every Christian. Thus, Paul charges Christians in 1Timothy 6:12 to “Fight the good fight of faith...” Years later, as he was facing his pending death; he wrote he had “fought the good fight” (2 Tim. 4:7). The adversary was unsuccessful in his attacks again Paul. Let’s us not forget that we are in a fight; the big question for us to consider is “Are we ready for our fight with the adversary – Satan?”
As we engage in the fight with Satan, what insights might we utilize to defeat or overcome his attacks? Allow me to make several suggestions for achieving victory over Satan just like Jesus, Job, Paul, and a host of other Old and New Testaments characters.
Insight One – Read Your Bible: One effective tool for defeating Satan is to acquire knowledge of his mode of attacking his enemies. God knows Satan and has in the Bible provided us current and pertinent information about him. Satan is well knowledgeable of each of us; he knows our weaknesses and strengths. Early in his life, Satan misled and deceived David. But later in his life, with a greater knowledge of God’s word, he was able to overcome and defeat Satan. David declared that he put God’s word in his heart to empower him to defeat his enemy (cf. Psa. 119:11). The word produced peace and confidence in his life. Thus, he was led to write that he found great delight in God’s word (Psa. 1:2). Read the word often; the word of God has power to help you defeat Satan (cf. Heb. 4:12).
So, that Satan doesn’t achieve an advantage over you – take the time daily and often to read your Bible to equip yourself for your fight. Tomorrow’s Spiritual Moment will look at another insight for defeating our adversary. May God bless you with a great day!