Definitions of “strategy”:
1. A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.
2. The art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle. It is a method or plan chosen to bring achievement of a goal or solution to a problem.
There is a popular board game called Risk. Let me just say that the one or two times that I have played this game I ended up quickly losing. I’m more of a “throw the dice” type of non-thinking games person. Risk is a complex game that involves both luck and skill. The goal is simple: take over the world. Despite this simple goal, the game is very complicated and dynamic. Players attempt to take over the world by eliminating all other players. Players must be skilled in troop deployment and must be aware of the underlying probabilities present in the game.
Recently I learned from “The Armor of God” Bible study with Pricilla Shirer that Satan himself loves to strategize. His goal is to take us away from God and from the truth about what the Bible has to say. As John 10:10 says, “The thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy.”
After polling a large cross section of women, asking them to reveal the primary ways the enemy attacks their lives, several common categories defined their response. Below is Priscilla’s list of 10 of the enemy’s favorite strategies to use against God’s women as they pursue abundant life in Christ.
Strategy #1: Against your passion. The devil seeks to dim your whole desire for prayer, dull your interest in spiritual things and downplay the potency of your most strategic weapons (Ephesians 6:10-20).
Strategy #2: Against your focus. He disguises himself and manipulates your perspective so you end up focusing on the wrong culprit, directing your weapons at the wrong enemy (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Strategy #3: Against your identity. He magnifies your insecurities, leading you to doubt what God says about you and to disregard what He’s given you (Ephesians 1:17-19).
Strategy #4: Against your family. He wants to disintegrate your family, dividing your home, rendering it chaotic, restless, and unfruitful (Genesis 3:1-7).
Strategy #5: Against your confidence. He constantly reminds you of your past mistakes and bad choices, hoping to convince you that you’re under God’s judgment rather than under the blood (Revelation 12:10).
Strategy #6: Against your calling. He amplifies fear, worry, an anxiety until they’re the loudest voices in your head, causing you to deem the adventure of following God too risky to attempt (Joshua 14:8).
Strategy #7: Against your purity. He tries to tempt you toward certain sins, convincing you that you can tolerate them without risking consequence, knowing they’ll only sedge distance between you God (Isaiah 59:1-2).
Strategy #8: Against your rest and contentment. He hopes to overload your life and schedule, pressuring you to constantly push beyond your limits, never feeling permission to say no (Deuteronomy 5:15).
Strategy #9: Against your heart. He uses every opportunity to keep old wounds fresh in mind, knowing that anger and hurt and bitterness and forgiveness will continue to roll the damage forward (Hebrews 12:15).
Strategy #10: Against your relationships. He creates disruption and disunity within your circle of friends and within the shared community of the body of Christ (1 Timothy 2:8).
Take a look at this list along with your spouse or good friend. Get them to help you identify which strategy Satan may try to attack you with. Then commit to pray that you will have victory over Satan’s strategy against you.
*The list of the devil’s 10 strategies is taken from “The Armor of God” Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer, page 33.
By: Merry Boehi