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The Wiles of the Devil

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“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
–Ephesians 6:11

During a recent discussion, someone asked, “What are the wiles of the devil?”

At the time, the answer was given, “The wiles of the devil are the deceptions Satan uses to TRICK and TRAP the unwary.”

Is there a better definition?

The wiles of the devil – Τας μεθοδειας του διαβολου· The methods of the devil; the different means, plans, schemes, and machinations which he uses to deceive, entrap, enslave, and ruin the souls of men. A man’s method of sinning is Satan’s method of ruining his soul.
Adam Clarke’s Commentary

It is appropriately rendered here as “wiles,” meaning cunning devices, arts, attempts to delude and destroy us. The wiles “of the devil” are the various arts and stratagems which he employs to drag souls down to perdition. We can more easily encounter open force than we can cunning; and we need the weapons of Christian armor to meet the attempts to draw us into a snare, as much as to meet open force. The wiles of the devil are the various arts and stratagems which he employs to drag souls down to perdition. We can more easily encounter open force than we can cunning; and we need the weapons of Christian armour to meet the attempts to draw us into a snare, as much as to meet open force. The idea here is, that Satan does not carry on an open warfare. He does not meet the Christian soldier face to face. He advances covertly; makes his approaches in darkness; employs cunning rather than power, and seeks rather to deceive and betray than to vanquish by mere force. Hence the necessity of being constantly armed to meet him whenever the attack is made. A man who has to contend with a visible enemy may feel safe, if he only prepares to meet him in the open field. But far different is the case if the enemy is invisible; if he steals upon us slyly and stealthily; if he practices war only by ambushes and by surprises. Such is the foe that we have to contend with–and almost all the Christian struggle is a warfare against stratagems and wiles. Satan does not openly appear. He approaches us not in repulsive forms, but comes to recommend some plausible doctrine, to lay before us some temptation that shall not immediately repel us. He presents the world in an alluring aspect; invites to pleasures that seem to be harmless; and leads us in indulgence, until we have gone so far that we cannot retreat.
Albert Barnes’ New Testament Notes/Commentary

Against the wiles of the devil: the devil useth arts and stratagems, as well as force and violence, and therefore, if any part of your spiritual armour be wanting, he will assault you where he finds you weakest.
Matthew Poole’s Commentary

The devil is a clever fellow.

He has MANY tricks and traps.

ONE of his best is lying: Satan is highly skilled at lying because he has done it so long and so successfully.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. “
–John 8:44

The best liars 1- lie to one’s face; 2- lie boldly and brazenly; 3- do so convincingly; 4- mix in a bit of the truth here and there; and, 5- can remember their lies.

Satan is a HIGHLY skilled liar, for all of the above reasons–and MORE.

Sometimes, liars BELIEVE the lies they tell.

The best liars do not.

Any reader who believes they can “see through” the lies of Satan without the help of God’s Holy Spirit is already badly deceived.

Besides the fact that Satan has been lying for a LONG time AND that he is VERY accomplished at lying (After all, Satan persuaded a third of the angels to rebel against their Creator.), Satan is a higher order of being than a human: he is MUCH more intelligent, MUCH more skilled.

Which a good reason the Christian should put on the whole armor of God and be aware of the wiles of the devil.

Those without the Holy Spirit do not really stand a chance.

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
–2CORINTHIANS 2:11

MORE: Resist the Devil and He Will Flee: A Two-Step Plan

DOES the reader believe he is able to recognize the many deceptions of Satan and his workers of iniquity?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: June 24, 2019.]

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