The Scheme of Darkness
Do not be ignorant of the schemes of Satan and his agents?
“lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices”Many times Satan attacks men in various ways but many are not aware of it. Take for instance, have you ever heard negative voices in your head contrary to the word of God? Such ‘You are not good enoughʼ, ʻWhy are you living, You deserve to dieʼ, ʻThey hate youʼ, ʻGive up, you can't do itʼ, ʻYou sin all the time, you can never be a good christianʼ, ʻDo you think you can ever be successful in your marriage/jobs/academics?ʼ, etc. Men who listened to these voices thinking that it was a wise voice of their own not knowing who is behind it (Satan), have commited suicide, fell into depression, gave up on God and christianity, gave up on their marriages, jobs, studies and so on in the past.
2 Corinthians 2:11
The purpose of Satan
“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8”Also In John 10:10 it says;
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;”Satan has no good intention for anybody whatsoever, he knows that he is fighting a defeated battle, he knows that when all things shall come to an end, he will forever suffer in hell. There is nothing that he can do to save himself from hell. And now that we are living in the last days, his time is getting short, thus, he will use his cunning and deceitful schemes to draw many souls to hell. And if you are not aware of his schemes, you will be an easy target to the devil. Thus, it is very necessary for us to be aware of his schemes as the word of God advised ( 2 Corinthians 2:11), so that we will not fall into his trap and lose our souls.
What are Satan's schemes?
Here are some schemes of the devil;
1. Inner Voices and thought
As mentioned earlier, Satan uses negative voices to discourage, depress, and destroy people. When such things happen rebuke that voice in your head. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” So do not dwell on that thought and voices exalt itself against the promises of God for every followers of Christ, rather cast down the falseful imagination and voices in your head and conquer the plans of the enemy.
2. Social media
This should be a topic on its own. Most of the contents in social media, especially instagram, snapchat, tik-tok, and youtube drains out our spiritual energy because it has been vanity-focused. It can draw away your interest from God, and makes you want to focus more on worldy pleasures and vanities. It does not start in one day, just as a slim person will not gain a huge weight over night by eating high calorie foods for a day, as you feed your eyes and your ears with the worldy content day by day, your love and interest for God will gradually drift away. Have you heard of the saying You are what you eat? If you feed yourself with the word of God and other spiritual things you will get closer to the character of Jesus and “you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8), but if you feed yourself with the worldy things, so shall you be. Therefore, be careful what you feed yourselves with.
3. False doctrine and false prophet
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing.”Some say people have different interpretation of the word of God and that's okay. And it is true that the word of God speak to our heart in different ways. However, bear in mind that not all interpretations are true in the sight of God. Did not Satan misinterpreted the word of God to deceive Jeus Christ? (Matthew 4:1-11). Some doctrine also, focuses on some parts of the bible and neglect other parts, this should not be, as the bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.
1 Timothy 6:3
This necessitate our personal daily reading and meditation of the word of God, and when reading His God, it is important to pray to God for the Holy Spirit to interprete the word of God to us (John 14:26), rather using human wisdom and understanding. If you are deceived by anybody, on the day of judgement, the person who deceived you will not be held guilty on your behalf, you will be held guilty. As Satan is wise in his on ways, he may not come to you as a “bad man”, but he will come as a wolf in sheep's clothing such as false doctrines/prophets to deceive and draw soul's to hell. Therefore, beware of false doctrines/prophets, so that you may not be deceived and be a castaway.
There are many other schemes Satan uses against peopele, especially christians such as friend and families, fear, failure, hardships, persecutions, etc. Recognizing the schemes and weapons of Satan helps us to be careful and steer clear from his traps, so that Satan cannot take advantage of us as we are not ignorant of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). However, knowing his scheme is not enough, always pray seriously, read and meditate on the word of God, do all that His words has asked us to do through the grace of God which has been abundantly provided for us.