The Devil and His Tactics

One of the first and most interesting things I learned in my early recovery of addiction was learning about just how the devil and his demons operate. Knowing how Satan and his workers (demons) affect my mind and thoughts has helped me tremendously. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8,

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

The devil will suggest ways for us not to suffer.

How many times have we heard that little voice in our head saying, “You don’t have to suffer like this. One drink is all you need to take the edge off. Just use a little and you’ll feel so much better.”

Satan tempted Jesus in this way. When Jesus fasted for 40 days, in the wilderness, He was famished. This made Him vulnerable and in a weakened state. Satan knew this and made his move. He tempts Jesus by saying, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread.” (Matthew 4:3) Why suffer like this, right? All you have to do is take a little bit, right? Perhaps Jesus felt God forgot about Him and felt abandoned. Perhaps Jesus became confused by hunger pains and thought that eating just a little of bread won’t hurt. Even in this weekend state Jesus remained strong and committed, responding to the devil by saying, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every work of God.’” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus continued to trust God and did not give into the devil’s little trick.

How many times have we fallen for this tactic of the devil? How many times have we given in to him saying, “Why suffer when all you have to do is ____?” These words, “all you have to do is _____” plays in our heads and it’s important to remember that this is Satan planting a thought in our mind. Our mind is the devil’s favorite way to get us to sin, which is why it’s vital to know the Truth, study the Bible and be aware of the devil’s tactics. This will enable us to stand firm, be strong and not give in.

Other Tactics:

  • Satan knows it is more difficult to resist him if we are excessively tired or hungry.
  • Satan wants you to think you are mentally deficient—that something is wrong with you.
  • He wants you to think you are mentally deficient so you will not attempt to do anything about it. He wants you to think that’s “just the way I’m made”.
  • Satan frequently steals the will of God from us due to reasoning (trying to figure out the “why” behind something). The Lord may direct us to do a certain thing, but if it does not make sense—if it is not logical—we may be tempted to disregard it. Confusion is of the devil. God does not create confusion.
  • An inability to concentrate could indicate a mental attack from the devil.
  • Satan wants us to passively accept whatever lies he tells us.
  • Satan will use other people to try and weaken you. A good example of this is if you’re in an abusive or toxic relationship or some “old friends’ will come around. He especially comes at you like this if he sees you’re getting stronger and resisting him more.

“Don’t give in, keep resisting and the devil will flee.” (James 4:7)

Many times when I was trying to stay clean, a drug dealer would call me out of the blue. The only time they called was when they hadn’t seen me in awhile. I was suffering cravings and had constant thoughts of using again. At first I wouldn’t say to them “I quit, please don’t call me anymore”. At first I would just say I had no money. The reason I didn’t say I quit was because in the back of mind I thought I just may use again and didn’t want my dealers to think I was clean. When I finally did tell them I was clean, it was a very freeing feeling.  I wasn’t letting Satan win.

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Author: Sober Chick

My name is Michele. I am 48 years old, I am a born again Christian, and a recovering alcoholic and addict. I got saved when I was 16 years old. Starting at 17 I tried alcohol for the 1st time and got drunk. At 18 I tried my 1st drug and since then I have been battling addictions my whole adult life. As my classmates were going to college after graduation, I was preparing myself to party. I was a responsible kid, kept a job, paid my car payment on time and built up really good credit. You have to understand something about me....I'm an all or nothing type of person. I would envy my friends who did things in moderation and had the ability to just say no. My story in a nutshell is basically this .....on the outside it appears I have it all together but on the inside I was always "lost". I had to put myself in the gutter before I openly admitted I had a big addiction problem. Now I want to serve the Lord and fulfill His purpose for my life. His purpose is really what I have been chasing all along. Never feeling complete, my footing never steady. What I needed was to surrender the strongholds in my life and let God take over. My hunger for God and His word is stronger than any other craving that comes up. My blog will be mostly just about me, what I am going through, what I'm learning, and how God is working in my life. It will be a tremendous blessing if anything I write can help another person come to Christ and come to know of the amazing and endless love God has for all of us and how he can change us from a life of searching and chasing to giving us a life of peace, joy and purpose.

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