Do you believe that “God is able to do immeasurably more than what we can ask or imagine?” (Ephesians 3::20) It takes a tremendous amount of faith to believe and if our problems are monumental, it takes even more faith to believe that we can overcome these challenges. John 3:18, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
We must remember that the devil wants nothing more than to thwart the purposes of God. He will go to great lengths of diverting our attention, keeping us from doing God’s work, putting obstacles in our path, causing ill will and controversies between us and those we love. Isaiah 14:12 says, “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations!” This passage describes the casting out of Satan from heaven and that he weakens us.
The devil will tempt us in our areas of weakness. He will keep us from turning our lives completely over to Jesus because he has a foot hold. Isaiah 25:12 “The unassailable fortifications of your walls He will bring down, Lay low and cast to the ground, even to the dust.” He will lead us to believe that we are not worthy. He will lead us to believe we are going in the right direction, when we really are not. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves,” (Matt. 7:15). He convinces us that our sin is pleasurable when we have no knowledge of the outcome. The pleasure lasts a short time. (Hebrews 3:12, 13).
What causes us to fall for his schemes? Lack of prayer before the event will ensure failure. We must be a step ahead of the devil. Unconfessed sin and a reluctance to forgive others will keep us in his grasps. He will take advantage of this situation. The condition of the heart and soul are darkened and the Christian cannot walk in the light because he/she cannot see the light. Unfortunately, the sinner does not know that he is not in the light. The sinner may also refuse to come into the light because he/she does not want to admit that they are wrong. ” Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed,” John 3:20. They want to go their own way.
If we want to have victory in our lives and break free from bondage to sin, we must learn to protect ourselves from the devil’s schemes by putting on the full armor of God, (Ephesians 6:10-18).