How does Satan attack anointed men of God?
How does Satan attack anointed men of God?
Four common strategies of the devil used daily to attack men of God
We used to think about big strategies of the devil which he uses to attack men of God, but before that, there are many other techniques, very common but neglected by most of servants.
- 1- Satan wants us to use our spiritual position in a wrong way
God has given us authority as children, the power we have to serve God according to His will.
The devil knows our authority in Christ. The only way to succeed is to make us utilize our God Given Authority in a wrong.
The authority we have in Christ is cast out demon, to declare the word of God and set the captive free… to crash serpent and scorpion, all for the Glory of God.
In Luke 4:3, the devil says to Jesus, “If you are God’s Son …” do you see, Satan knew that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.
Satan wanted to turn Jesus‘s focus into personal desire or interests.
You would recall that one aspect of the anointing is that God gives you a certain authority. When a king is anointed, he receives authority from God to reign. When a priest is anointed, he receives authority to minister at the temple and the altar. And a prophet is anointed to preach God’s words with power from God.
John says in John 1:12, “As many as believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” In the Greek, the word “right” means “authority”. You have been given the right to become children of God. You can exercise that right.
Now, there is a right way of exercising your anointing and there is a wrong way. The main point of Satan’s temptation is to get you to exercise your anointing in the wrong way.
What do you do with your anointing?
Do you use it for personal interests; do you trade your anointing? Do you have an intention to be rich by the use of your anointing? What is the main purpose of you having an anointing from God?
Do you use your tremendous anointing of God to intimidate children of God or to make members to only serve you?
- 2- Satan wants us to use our spiritual ministry to put material over God’s purpose in our life
The main purpose of God in our life is to make us His vessels to populate the Kingdom of God. While the devil wants to make our flesh dominate our actions.
What is the first temptation that Jesus faced? To use your new spiritual status as a child of God to your material advantage, to use your new spiritual power of anointing to obtain a material benefit to meet a legitimate need.
Look, Satan goes on to say to Jesus, “Command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus Christ did not fall into temptation even though He was hungry but He was not desperate.
- 3- Satan wants us to doubt God and to stop believing in Him
When the devil succeeds to afflict us with pains, his plan is to make us have double mind and doubt God. The plan of the devil is to give us negative thoughts to the level to doubt about the calling of God. Brethen, let us resist the devil, he will flee from us.
The case of Job tells us more about this. Job 1: 1- 22
We see Job’s attack by Satan in verses 6-12. Satan (vs. 6-7) is a Hebrew term meaning adversary or enemy. He is referred to as “the tempter” when He comes to Christ in the wilderness (Matt. 4.1-10). He is also called the devil, which is a Greek term meaning slanderer or accuser. “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12.9). There is much that we do not know about Satan, especially about his origin and how he became evil, but he is presented in the Bible as a real being.
Satan accused or slandered Job (vs. 8-11). This is one of the ways that the devil tempts people to lead them away from God when he goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). He, and those who do his bidding, often accuses Christians today of serving God only because they want to get blessings, or because they want to escape punishment…
So God allowed Satan to test Job (v. 12). The book of Job helps us understand that all bad things which happen come from Satan. He is the one who had bound the woman with a spirit of infirmity (Lk. 13:11-16). He is the one whose messenger was the thorn in the flesh that was given to Paul (2 Cor. 12:7). While God allows these kinds of tests, as He did in the case of Job, He is not the cause of them because He never tempts anyone to do evil (Jas. 1:13). And even then, as with Job, He always limits what Satan can do. “No temptation has overtaken you such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13). Praise God, at the end of day, Job did not turn his back against God.
Precious servants of God understand that if things are not going well in their ministries, it is the time to press on and to seek for help from God.
- 4- Separation from fellow servants of God
The devil knows the power of unity in the body of Christ
The plan of the devil is to introduce pride, self sufficient, not depending on one another. The enemy knows that if the servants of God are united, all the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be available for everyone to benefit from one another. One can’t have all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. So, there are certain issues you may have as a servant of God which can be resolved by God through a specific servant anointed in that gift, pride will make you not to cooperate in the body of Christ. The following biblical chapters give a clear understanding of living a life of dependence on one another.
Philippians 2: 3 – 8 “3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! “
1 Corinthians: 12: 30 (Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? )
We need to understand that we are not complete except believing in a lovely harmony of Christian inter – dependence. It is in the same way see how works the body of Christ,
Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12–27, Ephesians 3:6 and 5:23, Colossians 1:18 and Colossians 1:24. Jesus Christ is seen as the “head” of the body, which is the church, while the “members” of the body are seen as members of one Church
Deception: the attempt to get you strongly believe something that is not true
Accusation: When guilty, the devil uses sin as a legal ground in your conscience, confess your sins
By Evangelist Daniel OuakakoutelaOpen modal