The Devil’s Playbook

The Devil has a plan. 

For each and every one of us, he has a plan for our demise. Our destruction. He is on a unrelenting mission, you see, to defeat the work of Christ in each of our lives. He could not keep Christ from achieving His victory on the cross, so he turns his focus onto us, and strives to keep us from apprehending that victory in our life. 

This is how the Devil works: he pokes us. 

Sounds too simple, but it works. If we brush it off, he just pokes a little harder. If we brush that off, he’ll poke even harder still. 

He will keep that up, just keep poking away at us, accelerating the frequency and varying the weapon. Maybe, that first poke was a temptation to take just one peek, or just one drink. Maybe, it’s a temptation to take offense, or to take a pass. It really doesn’t matter what it is, but it does matter how we react. 
How we react to that first poke determines his next play.  If we turn and run, he’ll just run after us. The Bible says we have to resist—we have to look the Devil in the eye, stand our ground, and raise our Sword against him.
Consider how Christ responded when Satan poked Him. Three times Satan tempted te Son of God, trying to push Him into sin and away from the cross. Christ knew how to fight. He was armed and ready. He used His Sword, the Word of God, to eviscerate Satan. 

And the devil said unto Him, “If Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.”

And Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, “All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”

And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

And Jesus answering said unto him, “It is said, ‘Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'”

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season.

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee.

Luke 4:3-14, KJV

The Word of God is our Sword. An expert swordsmen knows his weapon. He practices using it. We must treat the Word of God the same way. We need to know it, and we need to know how to use it.

That last verse says it all. “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit.” Christians talk about being beat up by Satan as if it demonstrates how spiritual they are that he would harass them. Satan harasses us all, but instead of limping out of the arena (or the wilderness) we should be walking victoriously, in the power of the Holy Spirit, stronger than when we started. If we will apply God’s Word in faith, that is the testimony we will be able to tell.

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