The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers and said, “We are not ignorant of the schemes of the devil.” (2 Corinthians 2:11). Unfortunately, I do not think our churches in this post modern culture of the 21st century can say the same thing. The apostle points out a very important truth, however, that we must not miss. Satan has “schemes”. A scheme is a method, a plot, a plan, with an intentional purpose behind it. So what are Satan’s schemes?
Jesus said, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” Notice that none of those are to our advantage. Make no mistake about it, the enemy has a strategy and design to bring you to harm. Satan wants to steal from you the good things that God desires in your life. Satan wants to destroy you. He would like nothing better than to kill you.
We see this throughout the scripture. Perhaps there is no better place to learn about what Satan is like and what He desires to do than through the words of Jesus. So in the days ahead, I want to blog about the “schemes of the devil”. I will caution you on the front end that there are typically two great dangers in talking about Satan’s schemes and wiles. One is to make too much of him. Some act as though the great spiritual conflict in our universe is between two equal powers, one good and one bad. Nothing could be further from truth. It is a kingdom conflict between the Creator and something created. Satan is powerful, but he is no match for God. The other danger is to dismiss Satan and his schemes as insignificant. Make no mistake about it, as a Christian we are in a war. It is not just a “World War”, it is a “Kingdom War.” So stay tuned.