Dealing With The Devil’s Methods
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the methods of the devil. 12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Verse 1
METHOD #1—The Devil’s Tempts You At Your [WEAKEST]
And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. Verse 2
Therefore take the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
METHOD #2—The Devil Tempts You To [DOUBT GOD]
3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; Eph 6:14-15
METHOD #3—The Devil Tempts You To [TEST GOD]
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God. Verses 5-7
Besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16
METHOD #4—The Devil Tempts You To [BELIEVE HIS LIES]
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve. 11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. Verses 8-11
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:17-18
Spiritual Warfare 1 PETER 5:8- 9DEVILDISCOURAGEMENTEPHESIANS 6:10-20JAMES 4:7SATANSPIRITUAL WARFARE A letter from a missionary out in the jungles of New Guinea writing to his friends at home caught the nature of spiritual warfare: "Man, it is great to be in the thick of the fight, to draw the old devil's heaviest guns, to have him at you with depression and discouragement, slander, disease. He doesn't waste time on a lukewarm bunch. He hits good and hard when a fellow is hitting him. You can always measure the weight of your blow by the one you get back. When you're on your back with fever and at your last ounce of strength, when some of your converts backslide, when you learn that your most promising inquirers are only fooling, when your mail gets held up, and some don't bother to answer your letters, is that the time to put on mourning? No, sir. That's the time to pull out the stops and shout Hallelujah! The old fellow's getting it in the neck and hitting back. Heaven is leaning over the battlements and watching. "Will he stick with it?' And as they see who is with us, as they see the unlimited reserves, the boundless resources, as they see the impossibility of failure, how disgusted and sad they must be when we run away. Glory to God! We're not going to run away. We're going to stand!"