How to Fight Temptation (Part 1): Satan’s Scouting Report

The Aquila Report | 5/27/2019 | Staff
The Scriptures give us a scouting report about the “schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). Like battle-tested warriors, we should study our Enemy’s schemes, learn from them how he attacks us, and use that knowledge to stand against the devil by the grace of God.

In war, an accurate scouting report can save your life. Knowing how your enemy will attack helps you to formulate a plan to give you the best opportunity for success.

Struggle - Blood - Battlefield - Struggle - Power

Our struggle, however, is not against flesh and blood on the battlefield. Instead, our struggle is against the terrible power of Satan and his demonic army of spiritual forces. This is about more than life or death—this is about eternal life or death.

Thankfully, the Scriptures give us a scouting report about the “schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). Like battle-tested warriors, we should study our Enemy’s schemes, learn from them how he attacks us, and use that knowledge to stand against the devil by the grace of God.

Scriptures - Principles - Warfare - Principle - Sin

The Scriptures reveal three fundamental principles about spiritual warfare. The first principle is that sin never happens spontaneously. Rather, Satan patiently leads us into temptation through a deliberate process:

First, Satan leads us to see the object of temptation.

Satan - Goodness/beauty - Object

Second, Satan encourages us to fixate on the goodness/beauty of that object.

Third, Satan cultivates our desire/covetousness for that object.

Fourth - Satan - Object

Fourth, Satan prods us to reach out and take the object.

This pattern of see —> good —> covet —> take appears in four passages of significant temptations. (In two passages, the word covet is only implied.) This is not merely Satan’s occasional strategy, but his regular approach for...
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