There is an irrefutable axiom of warfare -- know your enemy.  Without such knowledge, there is ineffective deployment of personnel and weaponry.  Instead of destroying the enemy, those ignorant of the enemy, his tactics, his deceptions and his strengths, devise meaningless and ineffective plans to defeat him and relegate themselves to the inevitable status of victim, a casualty of war and defeat.  This is true both in the physical/political realm and in the spiritual.  While we may not want to consider a spiritual adversary called Satan, know that he is aggressive in his attacks against God and Truth in an unseen spiritual warfare that rages in the heavenlies.  Scripture reveals that to be the case.  Therefore, it behooves believers in Christ to heed the words of the Apostle Paul …”For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).  Just as nations have arsenals of weaponry, so does our spiritual enemy.  His are designed to capture the mind, to turn Christians and nations from utilizing Biblical principles in their decision making.  He seeks to promote substituting human solutions and opinions, knowing that the end result will be the erosion of the moral and spiritual fiber of a people.  In Paul’s epistle to Ephesus, one of Satan’s weapons is exposed -- that of trying to solve man’s problems with empty words. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 5:6).  A second weapon revealed in Scripture is the use of reasonable arguments that are plausible and persuasive, but in reality they contradict Divine principles and therefore evil.  To the Colossians Paul wrote … “I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument” (Col. 2:4).  A third weapon in the satanic arsenal is the use of false words; pure fabrications stated as if truth.  Peter, the blunt fisherman that he was, called them for what they were -- lies.  “And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Pet 2:2-3).  Then there is the weapon of arrogant words, stated with head held high, in a serious tone, and assuming an intellectual posture of supposed wisdom.  Note God’s assessment of these individuals … “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Rom 1:22).  Finally, the arsenal has the master weapon of the Deceiver – hypocrisy.  He is the great masquerader whose schemes are designed to fit any situation.  Switching from one mask to another, he recites the lines that appeal to his hearers.  Skilled in the art of bending the truth, he says one thing but means something else.  He knows his audience, their biases and weaknesses, so he says whatever is convenient, so vague and generalized that it could be interpreted according to one’s bent. This is the genius of Satan. Yet, the power of Truth, God’s Word, is greater than any of the weapons in the satanic arsenal.  The challenge for believers is to learn His word, apply the principles based on rational thinking formed from Truth,  and recognize that the adversary’s greatest desire is to neutralize the spiritual effectiveness of Christians, and weaken or ultimately destroy the freedoms upon which this nation was founded.  Therefore, King Solomon admonishes us to be wise … “Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.  Peter warns …”Be of sober [stable, serious] spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8).  The Apostle Paul adds this challenge … “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:10-11).

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