“…so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.” — 2 Cor. 2:11
In my library, I have a three-volume work entitled, The American Heritage Picture History of World War II. In this exhaustive work by C. L. Sulzberger, there is also a chronology with notes on leading personalities of the war.
To my knowledge, no one ever attacked Iceland. As far as I know, no one has ever fought over Iceland except for the times in 1854, 1973 and 1975 when Iceland got mad and extended its Cod fishing territory. Even then there was not a fight, just a tantrum over who was going to catch the most fish!
Why am I writing this? In the geo-political scheme of things Iceland is just not that important. There have been no major battles because there is no major significance there.
In our spiritual lives, Satan only attacks where there is importance…where there is significant ground to be won. He sees great significance in areas that most do not see much importance (I say that because lifestyle always reflects our values and what is really important to us).
Hell first attacked the Word of God in Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Satan’s target was Adam and Eve’s mind. His weapon was lies. His purose was to make them ignorant of God’s will. Adam and Eve’s defense was the truth of God.
In Samson’s life Hell attacked his Witness for God. Judges 13:7 reveals the Lords instructions for a life that would be different and powerful for God. Samson was tempted by Satan and fell in every area of his life that God had called him to be different in. Hell’s target was Samson’s body. Satan’s weapon was seduction. Satan’s purpose was to make Samson impatient with God’s will. Samson’s only defense was the imparted grace of God.
Worship was the place of attack in Job’s life. Job had offered to God for his life as well as the life of his children. When everything fell to pieces, Job’s wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
Hell’s target was Job’s will. Satan’s weapon was pride. Satan’s purpose was to make Job independent of God’s will. Job’s only defense was dependent trust in God.
Hell’s final attack of importance was the Way of God…Jesus. In Matthew 4, Satan’s target was the purity of Jesus’ heart and intentions. Satan questioned Jesus’ commitment to limit himself to flesh and remain under the authority of the Father. Satan’s weapon was accusation. Satan’s purpose was to bring indictment by God’s will. Jesus’ defense was to rest in the truth of what God had said.
When Satan attacks us it will be in the area of the Word, our witness, our worship and the Way. Anything of importance will relate to one of these four areas. To know Satan’s strategy, weapons, purpose and our defense in these areas will make us “familiar with his schemes.”