Christians should beware of the devil’s manipulations
From the Garden of Eden, the modus operandi of the devil remains the same. He looks at human fragility and desire and uses them to attract people to him whom he subtly manipulates to do what he wants. He cleverly seduced Eve with lies and deception to eat the forbidden fruit. This is how the purpose of our first parents was perverted and twisted. Man has lost the dominance and power that was originally given to him by the Lord.
God in his infinite mercy decided to restore the dignity of man who was lost in the Garden of Eden by sending his only son to come and redeem mankind. The devil, in his ambition to stop God’s program for the salvation of mankind, intelligently came after Jesus with irresistible offers to repeat what he had done to Adam thousands of years before.
Jesus resisted him, rejected all his offers, and conquered him. In his frustration, he moved away from Jesus and the Spirit of God came and served him. The devil in his rage ignorantly plotted the death of Jesus without knowing that he was hastening the salvation of mankind (1 Corinthians 2: 8). Jesus never failed, completed his ministry, and died to save mankind from sin.
One attribute of the devil that I sincerely envy is his sagacious determination to accomplish any mission he is committed to. What he started in the Garden of Eden is what he continues to pursue today. Are we aware of its manipulative tendencies and deceptions, or are we complacent?
The biggest mistake any Christian can make is to ignore the devil’s tricks. If he had deceived Eve, spoken by Peter (Matthew 16:23) and had the temerity to take Jesus to the top of the mountain to show him all the kingdoms of this world and their splendors (Matthew 4: 5-8), why do we now ignore his activities among us?
Without knowledge of the designs of the devil, God’s people are destroyed. He offers attractive things to draw Christians into sin. It brings ego-boosting opportunities and projects the splendours of this world to cause us to compromise. His old patterns still work effectively today. All these years he hasn’t changed his weapon. He used the same weapon on Eve, he used it on Jesus, and he is currently using it on Christians.
The truth is that many Christians today are not prepared to stand against the devil because they are too earthly. During the temptation, Jesus rejected the bread even when he was hungry. He trusted the Word of God even when his physical needs were dire. We must also learn not to live on bread alone and to depend on the Word of God for our survival. Christians should not behave like those men in John 6 who waited for Jesus to receive only earthly bread.
When the devil comes after us with temptations, we must be strong and resist him. We must prefer hunger to dinner at the devil’s table. Many of God’s people are now accustomed to seeking the splendors of the kingdoms of this world at the expense of the Kingdom of God.
The devil’s plan is to make sure we don’t end up strong. He manipulates pastors to teach Christians how to focus all of their energy on seeking the pleasures of this earthly kingdom. It’s an aberration, and I don’t think it’s fair for Christians to fight for what Christ rejected.
As Christ prepares to come and take away his bride and establish his kingdom on earth, the devil is busy with his ministry of manipulation and deception to take many Christians away from God’s purpose and His presence. We cannot afford to be complacent. The days are bad, and the devil moves like an angel of light in search of Christians to deceive.
Let us stand firm and be encouraged by the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to the church in Sardis: “He who overcomes, he will be clothed in white clothes; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels “(Revelation 3: 5).
Be encouraged, Christians. And at all times, resist the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil.