I've got so many books to write about how Satan has tricked me over and over and over again. Wow, just when I overcame one thing, I immediately fell for another. Listen, if 1/3 of the ANGELS in heaven fell for his tricks, I don't know that we stand much of a chance.
The Bible tells us in Genesis Chapter 3:1 The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made.
Satan stirs up trouble, he might disguise it as a quarrel with a friend, a separation with a family member, a death, an illness, lack of sleep, an addiction, a temptation, a loss of a job, a bad report, a poor choice, a hurtful word, a weight problem, financial loss, blocked paths, frustration, lack of movement, trouble in your marriage, or even someone that abuses you. Satan has three purposes. To STEAL, To KILL and To DESTROY. That is his only reason for being here, other than it allows us the ability to have free will. Without Satan, we are not really allowed to make our own choices....but God doesn't want to force you into anything, therefore there must be a tempter. Without a tempter, you have no choice. Ironic, isn't it.
Let me give you an example. This past week was a challenging one for me. There were some things that occurred and as a direct result of choices I made. There were unfair things that happened... because I made the choices I did, but that's what happens when you make a choice. Once you set your mind on something, you either go through with it, or realize it was a mistake and you apologize and learn from it. This time I had to walk things through. I spent days without sleeping, I couldn't eat, I cried, I couldn't function in my family, I pulled away from others, I worried and I had no focus, except what was going on with this situation. I was overwhelmed and in bondage over this.
Satan had tricked me again.
Once I grabbed the Bible, refocused and reflected on the One who has all the right answers, things started to change. No, my situation did not change, but my focus did. I asked for wisdom and direction. I had to re-evaluate what I felt in my heart was the right thing to do. Do I have that answer? Who knows? But what I do have is God now leading my heart. I'm no longer making my decisions based on fear, worry, finances, or hopelessness. Now I'm making my decisions based on God's word, and my actions. I sat down and easily wrote down my thoughts and needs about the situation, I was able to talk things out, seek out wisdom in other areas, and decide whether I needed to continue to walk against the opposition or say I was sorry. This time I determined that I had to walk against the opposition. I'm not losing sleep anymore. The situation is still before me, but God is still before that.
God is not in my pocket, nor yours. We don't ask ourselves if God is on our side, we ask ourselves if we are on God's side. God's desire is to make wrongs, right, to make broken, whole, and to make burned bridges renewed.
You see, you can not outsmart Satan. Don't even try, he will continue to defeat your human mind, and trick you. He is the sneakiest creature on the earth, even sneakier than you. He will deceive you. Your job is to hide yourself so deeply imbedded in Christ that when you do find yourself being tricked, you know How to defeat him, as Christ has already done that for you.
Don't forget that when Adam and Eve first disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, God immediately laid out a plan of defeat over the Serpent that hurt His children. God is a God of justice, He will not allow anyone to come between himself and those that love Him and call him Daddy. He gave us Himself, in human form, Jesus, who became the sacrifice for the price we once paid for sin, which was eternal separation from God and put under control of Satan. He reclaimed His children, set them free, destroyed the work of the enemy, invited his children back home. And then arose to show us that death is defeated.
There is an eternity friends, and you get to choose what side you are on.