What Are Satan's Favourite Strategies?
Articles - Christian Growth
by Lyn Packer
I thought it would be good to remind us of some of the enemies most used strategies. The scriptures tell us "He goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour" (1 Pet 5:8). Notice he is not a roaring lion but he does go around impersonating one, trying to get people to believe the impersonation and succumb to his lies and bluff. Notice also that the falsehood concerning his ability to devour even is a part of that lie. He has been defeated and disarmed; all he has left to use are fear and lies.
As we know his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy so all his strategies are aimed at achieving these goals. When we look at the enemy's attacks they all have at their heart an attack on the nature and character of God. So next time the enemy comes against you ask what of God's nature or character is he slandering. This will give you a good idea of what to release prophetically over your life and the lives of those you are praying for. So what are some of his strategies?
Lies - Jesus told us this about the devil John 8:44 "When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and of all that is false."
Suggestions / Innuendo's - The devil loves to suggest to us that God is not who he says he is and who the Bible says he is. His suggestions will always paint the Lord in a negative light and will be disparaging in nature suggesting God is not good and will not act accordingly. (Do a little study on all the times the Bible speaks about the goodness of God – it's epic!)
Delay – The devil wants to weaken your faith and eventually destroy it. One of the tactics he uses is delay. He will try (as with Daniel in Dan 10) to delay the answer to your prayers getting through so that your faith weakens. He wants you to move into unbelief and dishonor thereby shutting God off from coming through for you. Delay can sometimes cause feelings like confusion, a fog of fatigue and make you feel like you are losing your way. Instead use the weapon of praise as in Ps 50:23 "He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright (his speech / conversation - other translations) (prepares the way that I may show him), to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God." Stand your ground, don't back down!
Deceit - Satan is the master of deception, error and seduction. He attempts to derail God's purposes by making principles of the spirit into laws of legalism. When this happens we will think that somehow we have to do something to move the hand of God. His answers are not based on our prayer (or behavior or anything else) but on his goodness!
Distraction – The devil will try and distract us from our intimacy with the Lord and the assignments we have been given. If he can distract us from intimacy then we will soon move into a works mentality. We are called to relationship first and out of that we will naturally serve. Proverbs 4:27 "Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil."
Disappointment - This can occur toward others, self, church and God, etc. The enemy attempts to magnify the weakness of others to offend and embitter. When this happens it will cause you to withdraw and to see others and God in a negative light. The goal is to cut you off from openness of heart in our fellowship with God and others.
I'm sure there are other things he uses but these seem to be some of his most used strategies. Take note this month when he tries to use one of these and instead of giving in go on the offensive and take ground instead of giving it. Declare God's goodness, stand your ground and praise your way to victory.