Generational StrategiesLesson 6 - satan's strategy
Each of us faces a deadly enemy, called the devil, who will stop at nothing in his attempts to defeat us. During the course of our lives, he uses many different strategies in his effort to destroy our lives. Here are three of his main tactics.
This is called “the snare of the fowler.” Traps work best against the inexperienced or the unwise. The inexperienced don’t recognize the signs of the trap and are easily lured into biting the bait. The unwise foolishly think they’re too smart to get caught and take the bait even though they know it’s a trap.
This is what makes traps so effective against young people. They realize too late this is a prison, and in their inexperience, they can’t resist the bait and get caught. The apostle Paul warned us to “flee youthful lusts.” (II Timothy 2:22) He didn’t say to fight them or resist them but warned us to get away from them. Young people need the wisdom of an older generation to tell them which evils to fight and which they should flee. Good relationships with an older generation can help us avoid many of the traps in life.
“The arrow that flies by day.” As the battle gets hotter the enemy becomes bolder in his attacks. He becomes less subtle in his fight to destroy us and moves from using traps to shooting directly at us as his target. He doesn’t care which weapon he uses. He watches for any sign of weakness and attacks with anything he thinks will destroy us. The devil isn’t a gentleman. He’s a deadly enemy and fights dirty.
We must be careful not only to guard the weak areas of our lives; but also guard the areas where we have great strength. Moses was “very humble, more than any man on the face of the earth,” but he failed at the place where he was strong. (Numbers 12:3) He failed the test of self-control and allowed the people to provoke him to violent anger. (Psalm 106:33) This cost him the right to lead Israel into the promised land.
Psalm 91:6 speaks about the “destruction that lays waste at noonday.” The enemy tries to overwhelm us with his power for destruction. He leaves such a trail of human carnage after his attacks. It’s part of his strategy to shock us with the devastation which he works in people’s lives. Like King David, we ask, “How are the mighty fallen?” as we watch people more gifted than ourselves destroyed by the devil’s attacks.
“The terror by night.” As we grow older the devil again changes his tactics against us and begins to use fear as his main weapon. The psalmist says, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor for the pestilence which walks in darkness.”
The wise man teaches us to “remember your creator in the days of your youth before the difficult days come.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) “They also are afraid of height and of terrors in the way.” (Ecclesiastes 12:5) As we grow older we need more assistance because our physical bodies begin to fail. We can no longer fight with the youthful energy we did yesterday. This is where good relationships with a younger generation are invaluable. If we don’t have good trans-generational relationships fear becomes a primary motivation in our lives. We begin making decisions based on fear. Many wise men fail at this point because they don’t trust other people.
God has promised to protect us from the enemy’s attacks. “He shall cover you with His feathers and under His wings, you shall trust.” (Psalm 91:4) “His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” The shield was a full-body armor which the soldier carried into battle. It covered him from head to foot. The buckler was a small shield attached to his left forearm. It was useful when the soldier was knocked down or lost his shield. The soldier could still protect himself from being killed by the use of the small shield. I love the promise God gives us, “With favor, You shall surround him as a shield.” (Psalm 5:12) God promised to be our shield.
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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton
Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry.
He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.