When we analyse our daily life we know that we are going through many struggles, distress, suffering and tragedies. The truth is we are in a spiritual warfare, and the real battle is not against any man in this world; but against unseen evil spirits that seek to control us or anyone to fulfil its evil intentions. So it’s very important for us to be always alert in the Spirit against the tactics and tricks which he uses against us.
Devil is the deceiver, father of lies and tempter from the beginning. There are many ways he attack and deceive a human soul.
His intent is to plant an evil thought seed that will take root and grow in one’s mind. It’s the False thoughts and False Imaginationwhich he instil in a human mind that tempts one to do a sin. The devil comes to steal and ultimately destroy a soul. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of a man, and knows exactly where to hit at the least expected time. He is restless when he finds a soul getting more close to God, and will do all kinds of things to distract, to steal his faith, to stop from knowing God.
Devil incited David the false thought to number Israel “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” ( Chronicles 21:1 )
The devil always tries and works in order to get a foothold in man’s life. For this he uses the mind as the entry point. He attacks with his cunning plan and use the circumstances in a man’s life, his weaknesses, to tempt him in order to get an access to enter his mind. If he gets a foothold, he corrupts the mind and body with more evil desires, lust and deception creating a stronghold such as:
a. Constant Worry
b. Negative Doubts
c. Unhealthy Fear
e. Love of the worldly pleasure
f. Selfishness, and Pride
i. Constant Guilt ( Devil tries to distract a soul from knowing the truth that, God the Heavenly Father forgives a truly repentant heart. )
“Do not give the devil a foothold” ( Ephesians 4:27 )
Flesh and Spirit
Devil uses one’s flesh to tempt his soul, to do sin
Because of the orginal sin committed by Adam and Eve, we have the weeds of sin in our flesh. Hence the flesh works always against the Spirit.
Devil can use our flesh against our soul to tempt us. He tempts the soul to listen to the wrong voice of the flesh, waits for the soul to fall into its trap and commit a sin according to it’s evil intentions.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.( Galatians 5:19 )
Denying the flesh is important to our overcoming its inclinations. We must learn to say "No" to the desires of our fallen nature.
Hence a soul shall not listen to the flesh, but should listen to the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. When we listen to the Spirit, we are one in Yeshua.
“Those who belong to Yeshua have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” ( Galatians 5:24 )
Fasting is one of the strongest weapons we can use to demolish the weeds of the flesh and stronghold. It’s the flesh that holds us back from God. When we fast, the flesh submits to the Spirit. The soul one in the Spirit, will rule over the flesh.
For a three-week period, Daniel refrained from eating the luxurious royal food offered to him by the king. He made a covenant with God in his heart to refuse to eat foods forbidden by God, instead consuming only vegetables, beans and water. From his fast, Daniel received heightened spiritual insight.
Hence fasting removes the weeds of flesh and nurture the Fruits of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23)
“God does not tempt anyone”
There are people who blame God when tragedies happen in their life. They forget the fact that it’s the devil the enemy who causes the tragedies, the one who is deceiving them. The devil is the deceiver, father of lies and tempter.
Never blame God for the tragedies in life, because they come from the adversary, the devil. God doesn’t tempt anyone. At the times of temptation, struggles or tragedies we need to turn to the Almighty God, for strength and submit ourselves to Him, and the devil will flee from us.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their ownevil desire and enticed.15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. ( James 1:13-15 )
“Freedom in Yeshua”
When we seek the Almighty with all our heart we will know the Truth, and TheTruth will set us free, demolishing the Stronghold.
Devil don’t want anyone to identify him, he is the enemy who hides and works in the dark, attacking a soul through deceptions, false thoughts and imaginations. The devil is the one who tempts a soul to do a sin, and later attacks a soul with constant guilt; accusing the soul that he is guilty, and there is no escape.
A repentant and broken heart will search for the truth and freedom, how he could be delivered from the torment and bondage of his sins, to save his soul which he will find the answer only in the True Almighty God Yeshua who died for his sins in his place at the Cross freeing him from the bondage of sins, and accusations.
Yeshua is our saviour; Yeshua sanctifies and redeems us.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4–6).
Satan is defeated at the Cross by Yeshua. If we truly repent of our sins, seek the God with all our heart by fasting, prayer, and believe in Yeshua, The God Almighty will forgive us. His love is relentless, freeing each believer from sin and death.This is the Truth, and Truth will set us free.
Yeshua is the way, the truth, and the life ( John 14:6 )
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
Finally, by studying the Word of God, fasting and praying, wearing the full spiritual armor of God ( Ephesians 6:11-15 ), we will learn to discard, not to give any strength to False thoughts and imaginations of the enemy, thus not to allow the weeds of deception to take root and grow in the mind to become a False belief or stronghold. The soul shall never listen to the voices of the flesh; but should listen to the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.
“Do not give the devil a foothold” ( Ephesians 4:27 )
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25)