The Wiles of the Devil, Part 2

Continuing the list of the devil’s wiles that I found while reading the Bible:

26) War.
27) Iniquity. Habit of sinning.
28) Lack of faith. “Helping” God fulfill His promise. Unbelief.
29) Blame. Spite. Disrespect.
30) Thinking you know more than God.
31) Lasciviousness. Perversion. Perverted thinking. Incest.
32) Drawn to sin. Longing for worldly things.
33) Scorn.
34) Hard-hearted. Callous.
35) Stingy.
36) Theft.
37) Lack of patience.
38) Self-important. “It’s all about me!” “Now!” Self-centered.
39) Comfort.
40) Generational sin.
41) Envy.
42) Destruction of other’s property.
43) Marriage outside of covenant.
44) Hatred. Wrath.
45) Revenge.
46) Manipulation.
47) Favoritism.
48) Humiliation. Degradation.
49) Man-pleasing.
50) Jealousy.
51) Slavery.
52) Servitude.
53) Dishonesty.
54) Bribery.
55) Appeasement.
56) Rape.
57) Fornication.
58) Tale-bearing.
59) Gloating.
60) Indignation.
61) Scheming.
62) Dream-killing.
63) Unrelenting grief.
64) Superstition.
65) Broken vows.
66) Lust.
67) Adultery.
68) False accusation.
69) Ingratitude.
70) Guilt.
71) Dread.
72) Obeisance to man.
73) Prejudice.
74) Divination.
75) Rash promises. Hasty, unwise vows.
76) Poverty.
77) Subjection.
78) Usury.
79) Sickness. Disease.
80) Self-will.
81) Cruelty.
82) Affliction.
83) Infanticide.
84) Concealing sin.
85) Bullying.
86) Questioning God’s command.
87) Making excuses to not obey God.
88) Feeling unworthy. “Who am I to do God’s work?” Poor self-image.
89) Keep the people too busy to worship God.
90) Wealth.
91) Beatings.
92) Murmuring. Complaining.
93) Forgetting God’s word.
94) Ignorance of God’s word.
95) Not understanding God’s word.
96) Cares of the world. Not hearing and obeying God’s word because of
Circumstances. Putting circumstances above God’s word.
97) Self-abasement. Putting yourself down.
98) Sorcery. Witchcraft. “New Age.”
99) Fear of death.
100) Mental bondage.

The Wiles of the Devil, Part 1

Ephesians 6:11 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

2 Corinthians 2:11 – lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (thoughts, mind, schemes, plots).

Since we are not ignorant of the devil’s schemes I thought I would enumerate them since I was reading through the Bible at the time I was thinking of this. So starting in Genesis, this is what I found:

1) Adding to or subtracting from God’s word.
2) Tempting people, planting evil desires in their minds. Feeding those desires with a combination of truth and lies. “You can be like God.” Desire to be equal with God.
3) Satan lies. Lying. Half-truths.
4) He causes people to doubt God’s word.
5) Satan tempts people to sin. Sin brings shame, fear, guilt (not remorse), separation from God (death).
6) Slavery to sin.
7) Anger, pride, jealousy, which lead to
8) Murder, bitterness.
9) Sin brings a curse.
10) Knowledge of evil increases and takes over.
11) Violence filled the Earth.
12) Sin brings judgment.
13) Drunkenness, which leads to
14) Helplessness, vulnerability.
15) Homosexuality.
16) Changing God’s promise to something believable to humans. Substituting a
Worldly answer for a spiritual one.
17) Pride.
18) Idol worship. Astrology.
19) Disobedience. Partial obedience.
20) Deception.
21) Fear.
22) Strife.
23) Selfishness.
24) Greed.
25) Disrespect for elders.

I will add the rest in the next couple of blog posts, along with how we are supposed to thwart the devil’s devices.

Does God Create Everything You Say?

Isaiah 57:19 says, “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.”

God creates the fruit of your lips. Does this mean you can say something once and God will do it? No! Some people use this verse to countenance the idea that we can command God to do what we want. Or that some people bring catastrophe upon themselves by speaking fear-filled words. We don’t have the authority to command God. He is our Lord! We do have the authority to speak what He speaks and expect Him to be faithful to His Word. That is who He is – faithful. You do need to watch your words and your thoughts, bringing them into alignment with God’s will. However, if you speak a fearful word in a moment of crisis or without thinking, does that mean that word will be created?

Today, God reminded me of the Israelites in the wilderness.

Numbers 11:1 – And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and His anger was kindled…”

Numbers 11:10 – (concerning manna) Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly

Numbers 13:26-14:31 – (When 10 of the 12 spies brought a bad report of the Promised Land, saying they could not enter into the land because the inhabitants were too strong, they all started murmuring and saying they would die in the wilderness.) 27 (God said) How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against Me. 28 Say unto them, “As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as you have spoken in My ears, so will I do to you.”

Yes, God gave them what they spoke so rashly. But He was merciful for a long time before He let them have what they had spoken so many times. It had become a lifestyle for them to complain. They retained their slave mentality despite God’s deliverance, provision, miracles and promises. They had murmured and complained from the time they left Egypt, but it wasn’t until they refused to enter the Promised Land and said again that they would be better off dying in the wilderness that God created the fruit of their lips. He also created the fruit of Joshua’s and Caleb’s lips who said they were well able to take the land with God’s help.

Maybe you have gotten in the habit of complaining. If so, it is time to reconsider your thought life. Be obedient to God and be transformed into the image of Christ by renewing your mind with His Word. Be persistent in speaking God’s Word, no matter the circumstances. It may be your overall outlook on life and subsequent words in your life that He creates. Yes, you will answer for every idle, useless, unbelieving word you speak (Matthew 12:36). God may create what you speak one time, but He is also merciful. If your heart is right, and you truly repent of your negative words, I believe He will be merciful and not create everything we speak. Take your thoughts captive before they become a mindset leading down the wrong path. You don’t want to “die in the wilderness!”

Notice the second part of Isaiah 57:19. God wants us to have peace and to heal us. You won’t have peace until you take your thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).