Satan’s strategy against us is to “con” us- he wants us to look everywhere except at the superior blessings God provides for us. In fact, if you’ll look at the record of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness this is exactly what he tried to do to the Savior. Satan was unsuccessful because Jesus met every attempt with Scripture (the Word of God) in context and with full confidence in its objective truth. With Christ’s example in mind, here are three suggestions that might help us when the Deceiver spins his tales:
1. Remind yourself of how superior God’s plans and ways are. He has nothing but the best in mind for us. Jeremiah 29:11 exemplifies this, and it fits well with 1 Corinthians 2:9. We have in no way been shorted when it comes to the loving care of a Heavenly Father who is looking out for our eternal best. We do not understand all His ways, and sometimes we suffer in the process of fulfilling His best plans for us, but all of it combines to grow us into the disciples we need to be, loving God and loving people (James 1:2-4).
2. Resist the path you know to be wrong. James says (James 4:6-8) that if we will humble ourselves under God’s hand and resist (oppose, stand up against) the devil, he will flee from us. As we draw near to God, He draws near to us! Lack of humility sets us up for deception and failure; we learn as students of Scripture what is pleasing to God (Ephesians 5:6-10).
3. Refresh your heart with some basic scriptural truths. We have every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). The Holy Spirit is God’s seal on us; the “down payment” that shows God’s ownership of us (Ephesians 1:13, 14). In Christ we can be equal to all circumstances (Philippians 4:13). In Christ we conquer overwhelmingly in the troubles we face (Romans 8:35-39) and we cannot be separated forcibly from His love. His Word equips us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
God offers His best to us every day. Jesus died on the cross so we could have eternal life. Our task on earth is to live in a way that glorifies God and shows others Jesus’ love. Sometimes life is hard- but it becomes much worse if we swap the love and provision of God for a cheap and ultimately meaningless counterfeit offered by the liar and murderer Satan. Don’t be caught in his scam!