The Devil does not want us to engage in personal Bible study or for us to frequent hearing the preaching of the Word. He understands and fears the power of the Word of God. That is the reason for the schemes of the devil that he wages against the Word of God.
To see how passionate the devil is about his mission, we have only to look at the first book of the Bible. When God gave His first instructions to the first man and woman on earth, the devil went to work on them.
The spiritual attack they encountered was directed against the Word of God. The devil called into question what God had said. “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1).
The woman made it clear that she understood what God had said and what the consequences were for disobedience. God had said regarding the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die” (verse 3).
But that did not deter Satan. Neither will it stop him from waging spiritual attacks against us just because we know what God has said to us through His Word.
Three Schemes of the Devil against the Word of God
1. Deception to Disobey the Word.
Deception is the overarching scheme of the devil. He told the woman, in effect, that what God told you is not the truth. You are not going to die if you eat of this fruit. The truth is, if you eat of this fruit you are going to be like a god, knowing good and evil (verse 5).
Folks, today we live in a world that works full-time trying to deceive us to believe that the things God has said in His Word are not the truth. We must stay rooted in discernment so we can see beyond the deception of this world because it’s straight from the devil.
The power of deception is that it can make bad seem good and good seem bad. Deception can’t change the truth; it can only change our perception of what is the truth. This scheme of schemes of the devil worked against Adam and Eve. They now saw the forbidden tree as one to be desired to make one wise (verse 6).
Mission accomplished. One of the devil’s goals is to deceive us into walking in rebellion against the Word of God.
2. Misapplication of the Word.
The devil even waged a spiritual attack against Jesus in the wilderness. Of the three requests the devil made to the Lord, let’s focus on the second one.
The devil had Jesus to stand on the pinnacle of the temple. The devil said, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you’; and ‘on their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone’” (Matthew 4:6, NASB).
The words the devil quoted are from Psalm 91, verses 11 and 12. But the devil’s request amounted to taking the verses out of context. The intent of the verses is not to put ourselves at risk just to see if the Lord will dispatch angels to rescue us.
Sometimes, during a spiritual attack the devil will put a perversion of biblical truth on our mind. The associated verse may be correct, but the application is wrong.
Jesus saw through this scheme of the devil. “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test,’” Jesus replied (verse 7).
3. Taking Away the Word.
Luke’s record of the gospel is one of the places that records the parable of the seed and the sower. Jesus likened some of the hearers of the Word to seed that had fallen by the wayside. He says, “Then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” (Luke 8:12).
According to this verse, spiritual attacks against the Word of God include taking the word out of one’s heart.
Notice the devil’s objective here: “Lest they should believe and be saved.” Hence, this scheme of the devil is aimed at unbelievers to prevent them from becoming saved. Though they may read the Bible and hear the Word preached in the house of God, the devil is in effect taking the Word out of their heart.
The devil has a number of ways to take the Word from unbelievers. For instance, he can blind their mind (2 Corinthians 4:4). Through spiritual attacks, he can cause some to become offend because of the Word (Matthew 13:21).
All three of these schemes of the devil are directed against God’s Word because the devil respects and understands the power of the Word.
God wants us to be passionate about His Word. We are to live by every Word that proceeds from Him. But we must guard ourselves against the associated spiritual warfare the enemy wages against the Word of God.
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