DEVICES OF THE ENEMY
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds 😉 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; [And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Disobedience: This is one of the oldest and most common devices used by the enemy to stop the children of God from attaining their victorious status. If he can stop you from following God’s instructions and turn you against God, if he can pitch you against God, then he can stop you from attaining your victory. This device can be traced back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden, when he caused Adam and Eve to disobey God.
The devil knew the only way he could disconnect them from God and get them out of the garden was to make them do the very thing that was contrary to the instruction given by God. He lied to them and made them believe that God was wrong and he was right. Disobedience comes by listening and following the lies of the enemy rather than sticking to the instruction from God. Adam lost the victory to the devil in the garden, he lost his identity and consequently, man became subject to the devil.
Romans 5:19 KJV For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Through Adam’s disobedience, all men became sinners; fell from the exalted position and lost dominion and victory to the devil. What we should always know is that whenever the enemy comes with his lies, his ultimate aim is to steal our crown of Victory. No matter how good and fascinating the lies might sound, know that it is still a lie as long as it’s coming from the master of all lies. There is no truth in him at all. He will always tell you things that are contrary to God’s instructions just to make you fall. Whoever you obey or yield to become your master. If you yield to God, then you become His subject and if the devils, then you are subject to him. The devil tried to pull the same stunt with Jesus;
Matthew 4:3-10 KJV. And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple,  And saith unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
Just as he did to Adam in the beginning, leading to the fall of man, the devil tried the same deception with Jesus. He tried lying to Him about His identity, wanting Him to submit to him through disobedience to God and obedience to the devil. He tried three acts of deception but in all three occasions, Jesus prevailed and overcame through the weapon of the Word of God. If Jesus had fallen victim of the devil’s deception, it would simply have meant obedience to the devil and he who you obey becomes your master. The target here was beyond what transpired between them but the victory that was ahead of Jesus’ death and resurrection: the victory of the deliverance of man from the bondage of the devil and establishing him over all principalities and powers. It is this victory that the devil was after but thank God, Jesus did not fall to his temptation, He conquered the devil and gave us the victory. Jesus chose to obey God and thereby conversely disobeyed the devil. Note that in whatever you do, you are either obeying God or disobeying the devil or vis-a-vis.
So remember, whenever God is asking you to sow a seed or bring in your tithe according to Malachi 3:10 and you chose not to, you have simply obeyed the devil by disobeying God. The consequence of your action or inaction is that you have simply allowed the devil to deprive you of your financial victory which is predicated upon your obedience and submission to the law of seed time and harvest, the law of obedience to tithing and the terms of the covenant of wealth creation. Looking back to our text in 1John 5: 1-5, you will see in verse 2 and 3 that one of prerequisite for overcoming the world is keeping God’s commandment. This is simply obedience.
A lot of Christians today though redeemed by the blood of the lamb are still languishing in abject poverty not because their Salvation or redemption is partial but simply because of disobedience to divine instructions that will liberate them from financial bondage. So you see, beyond what you do, the ultimate is always the victory that lies ahead.
I charge you today to decide and be doggedly determined to follow only the instructions from the Lord according to the scriptures and decline any suggestive lies from the devil. By so doing, you enforce your victory in the name of Jesus.
For Further Study:
Question to reflect upon:
Do you find yourself more willing to fall into temptation than obeying the Word of God?
- I receive grace to obey God at all times.
- I receive grace to constantly equip myself with the Word of God.
- The spirit of disobedience has no hold on my life in Jesus name. Amen.