My brother and friend Paul wrote a series of articles entitled “Tactics of the Devil” that describe ways the Devil is waging war against the Church in our day. This article below shows some ways that the Devil deceives the saints.
So many are afraid to talk about the Devil, worried that if we do he may get us. But the way he gets us is in our ignorance. We can stand strong in this truth, “ …He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
My prayer is that more saints would be equipped to battle the lies of the Devil with the truth of God.
The Devil makes us fear talking about him lest we might then deal with him.
The truth will set you free, but you must let go of the lies first. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren” (James 1:16).
The tactics of the Devil never change, because they don’t have to. People just keep falling for the same things.
The greatest weapon Satan uses against you is yourself. He will draw from the deep reserves of your own doubt, fear, shame and worthlessness – then use them against you.
The Devil will take what happened to you as a victim and continue to victimize you with the shame. Call the Devil a liar and seek the inner healing that you need.
Shame is the fence Satan builds between you and God. Stop caring what others think of you and start seeking what God can do in you. “…Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You” (Psalm 25:20).
Bare your life to God that the Devil would have nothing to expose. Satan cannot shame you by stripping you if your already bare in front of God.
The Devil shames you in what you have done that you would hide from God. I did ministry for many years with a mighty deliverance minister that used to always say, “tell the truth, shame the Devil”.
Confess at the speed of your sin lest the Devil catches up to you.
The Devil uses the weapon of your pride, that you would not seek help for a demon on you.
It is to the Devil’s delight that a Christian argues so strongly that demons cannot be on Christians. It is not a matter of possession but of influence. Break the chains already.
Stop worrying that you might make the demons uncomfortable in your church and just preach deliverance. If Jesus set people free everywhere He went, then so should we.
Satan does not have any dirt on you if God has made you clean. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Satan wants me to sit and crouch in shame, but the Lord desires that I would stand corrected.
The words of the Devil always condemn, whereas the words of the Lord are meant to convict. One is meant to destroy you, the other to restore you.
The Devil reminds me of all I have done against the Lord. The Lord reminds me of all He has done for me.
You know who is talking to you by whether it causes you to get nearer or further from God. “…Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:7-8).
One way to know who is talking to you is Satan speaks of your past and God speaks of your future. Don’t look back, you’re not going that direction.
Only the Devil can convince us that God does not have our best interest in mind.
If the Devil cannot get you to turn away from God, he will encourage you to complain against Him. Just as the Lord inhabits our praises, the Devil makes his camp in our complaints. “Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused…” (Numbers 11:1).
Your feelings are the leash the Devil leads you by. Your feelings of low self-worth are the crevices the Devil grips onto. Tell the Devil to go away, because you were made in the image of God.
The direction you look reflects the position you are in. The Devil wants you to look down on others or yourself. You must be high to look down. The Lord Jesus calls you to look up to Him. You must kneel low to look up.
The Devil cripples believers, not by invasion, but by invitation.
Satan will compliment you all the way to hell if that is what it takes. “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…” (Romans 12:3).
The Devil does not fight fair. In fact, his greatest attacks are when he is pretending to help you. He is not your helper, but your enemy.
The Devil overtakes saints not by his authority, but because saints do not realize the authority they are to walk in. Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
Satan will quote scripture, but he will twist it into a lie. Know the Word to know the truth.
You can’t win the war if you won’t prepare for the battle. And that preparation begins in knowing the truth. You need “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
Truth is to lies what light is to darkness.
Blessings to you, now and always.
Jesus vs. Yeshua?
The world’s best-known evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham, died Wednesday. He was 99.
From the gangly 16-year-old baseball-loving teen who found Christ at a tent revival, Graham went on to become an international media darling, a preacher to a dozen presidents and the voice of solace in times of national heartbreak. He was America’s pastor.
Graham retired to his mountain home in Montreat, N.C., in 2005 after nearly six decades on the road calling people to Christ at 417 all-out preaching and musical events from Miami to Moscow. His final New York City crusade in 2005 was sponsored by 1,400 regional churches from 82 denominations. In recent years, he was plagued by various ailments, including cancer and pnemonia.
He took his Bible to the ends of the Earth in preaching tours he called “crusades.” Presidents called on Graham in their dark hours, and uncounted millions say he showed them the light.
“The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,” President Trump tweeted Wednesday. “There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man….
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, noting Graham’s humble beginnings, said that “because he yielded himself to God, he was used to accomplish the extraordinary — forever impacting the lives of countless people.”
On the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance following the 9/11 attacks, Graham spoke of the “mystery of iniquity and evil,” of “the lesson of our need for each other” and, ultimately, of hope.
“He was so real, he made Christianity come true,” said Susan Harding, an anthropologist at the University of California-Santa Cruz. “He was homespun, historical and newsworthy all at once. He could span the times from Christ to today, from the globe to you, all in one sentence.”
Grant Wacker, a Duke University professor of Christian history, says Graham represented “what most decent churchgoing people thought and ought to think.”
His reputation was untouched by sex or financial scandals. When anti-Semitic comments came to light as transcripts of conversations with Richard Nixon surfaced, Graham was promptly and deeply apologetic.
He never built a megachurch, set up a relief agency, launched a political lobby or ran for office. Yet he redefined American Protestant life by popularizing Christianity’s core message — Christ died for your sins — downplaying denominational details and proclaiming the joys found in faith.
Graham was, however, drawn to power. Eventually, he met, prayed with, comforted and joked with 12 U.S. presidents. He found a fine balance that allowed him to become America’s pastor, Democrat or Republican. North or South.
When President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky came to light, Graham called for forgiveness. Clinton told Peter Boyer of The New Yorker, “He took sin seriously. But he took redemption seriously. And it was incredibly powerful the way he did it.”
Former president George W. Bush has said it was a conversation with Graham that turned him from his drinking ways when he was young.
“I’ve never called him on a specific issue, but his influence is bigger than a specific issue, as far as I’m concerned. He warms your soul,” Bush told an ABC 20/20 special on the preacher and politics.
Graham emphasized the joy to be found in belief, in contrast to evangelists such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who routinely issued glowering condemnations of politicians or blamed natural disasters on modern culture. However, Graham did take an uncharacteristically political stand before the 2012 presidential election. He authorized full-page ads in major newspapers in October urging people to vote for politicians who opposed same-sex marriage on “biblical principles.”
He brought to the microphone a “corny but effective humor,” Wacker says, which made him a convivial talk-show guest. Graham logged more than 50 radio or television interviews with Larry King alone. YouTube has a tape of Woody Allen interviewing the evangelist, who draws almost as many laughs as the caustic, agnostic comedian.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association he founded, now led by his son, Franklin, used every communications innovation possible to carry the Gospel to any willing heart on Earth. More than 214 million people in 195 cities and territories heard God’s call in Graham’s voice and witnessed him deliver the Gospel in person or by satellite links. His projects included founding Christianity Today magazine in 1956 and writing more than 30 books.
High among his numerous honors: The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Billy and his beloved wife, Ruth, in 1996, the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him in 1983 and the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion in 1982. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Fundamentalists saw him as excessively liberal, and liberals saw him as too literalist in talking about sin and salvation. His wonderful balance between them is critical to his legacy,” says John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture, a sister publication of Christianity Today magazine.
Graham’s last decades were slowed by illness and injury. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1989, felled by broken bones, bouts of hydrocephalus and rounds of pneumonia.
Age, illness and bone-breaking falls left him struggling to deliver 20-minute sermons.
Graham’s last crusade, in June 2005 in New York City, drew 242,000 people to Flushing Meadows; 8,786 made a new commitment to Christ and thousands more renewed or rejoiced in their faith.
Then he retired to his Montreat, N.C., mountaintop log cabin home where his five children grew up mostly without their traveling father to spend his days with Ruth. They shared Bible study, devotions and an endless recycling of the movie musicals she loved to watch. Those were bittersweet days, with Ruth bedridden and Billy relying on a walker. Their frequent prayer was, “Help me, Lord.”
At her funeral in June 2007, Graham called Ruth the finest Christian he ever knew.
Though Graham’s shoes could likely never be filled, his son, Franklin, has taken over in some aspects — leading The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and becoming a confidant of President Trump, including speaking at his inauguration.
But Franklin’s message has swayed from his father’s, leaving a mixed legacy for the Graham name.
Franklin has mocked both Islam and LGBT rights. He uses his following on social media to raise funds for “persecuted Christians,” boycotts businesses that use gay couples in advertisements and blasts the separation of church and state as the godless successor to Cold War communism.
But his father’s words for years offered peace and perspective.
Billy Graham lived through the explosion of religious diversity in America, the rise of the human potential movement and the trend to personalized spirituality. He also lived to see many tire of lonely seeking or a high-minded hopscotch from church to church, religion to religion.
Yet he remained steadfast in his response. In 1996, when he and Ruth were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, he once more shared his faith in God with some of the most powerful men on Earth:
“As Ruth and I receive this award, we know that some day we will lay it at the feet of the one we seek to serve.”