It is important to know the devices of our enemy, the Devil, otherwise he is likely to take advantage of us. A Missionary in Africa says that there are three beasts that lie in wait for their prey: the lion, the leopard and the hyena. The hyena does not devour but attacks only the vital organs and quickly leaves after eating a few meagre mouthfuls. The leopard too does not eat its prey, but desires only its blood. The lion, however, completely devours its helpless victim leaving not a single portion. What a perfect picture of Satan, the destroyer of souls. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “He is a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

We should know that he is a liar and has been from the beginning. In fact he is the father of lies (John 8:44). He lied to Eve by misrepresenting God and he has been doing it ever since. He is a deceiver (Revelation 20:10). He mixes a little truth with error. He imitates or counterfeits everything that is of God. He poses as an angel of light and sends out his messengers as ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15). He deceives by using great signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9) He corrupts the mind of people (2 Corinthians 11:3). Satan is a murderous destroyer (John 8:44). His goal and the goal of all his demons is to destroy. He persecutes God’s people (Revelation 2:10) and destroys his own slaves through drugs, demonism, alcohol and related vices. He is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). All those who slander the brethren are doing the devil’s work.

Satan sows discouragement. Paul warned the Corinthians that if they did not forgive the repentant backslider, Satan might gain an advantage by plunging the brother into extreme discouragement (2 Corinthians 2:7-11) Just as Satan speaking through Peter sought to dissuade Jesus from going to the Cross (Mark 8:31 -33) so he encourages Christians to spare themselves from the shame and suffering of cross-bearing. A favourite ploy of the wicked one is to divide and conquer. He seeks to sow strife and discord among the saints, knowing that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Sad to say that he has been all too successful in this strategy. He blinds the minds of unbelievers, lest the light of the Gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ should shine upon them and they should be saved. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Finally, he attacks right after great spiritual victories or mountaintop experiences, when the danger of pride is greatest. He looks for a weak spot in our armor and shoots straight at it. Beware!

The best defence against the devil is to live in unclouded fellowship with our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, covered by the protective gear of a holy character. Satan shudders at the Blood of Jesus when we claim the same for our protection and sanctification. Napoleon Bonaparte, with his officers around him, once spread a large map of the world on a table before him, put his finger on a kingdom colored red and said to them, “If it were not for that red spot I could conquer the world.” That red spot was British Isles. In like manner Satan might place a huge map of the universe before his agents, put his finger on a place red with the Blood of the Saviour and say to them, “If it were not for that red spot, I could conquer the universe.” The red spot is the Cross on Golgotha’s Hill, where the Lord of glory died to save sinners from Satan’s power, shedding His precious Blood.