The Schemes of the Deceiver

The devil has schemes which have been revealed to us by God.  Satan’s primary work is to resist the word of God – whether that word comes through the Bible or your conscience.  The parable of the sower, told in the first three gospels (Matthew 13; Mark 4; Luke 8), reveals Satan’s devices.

The deceiver’s first resort is our hardened hearts.  If we are resistant to God, His words will not even penetrate our consciousness.  This is the seed which was sown by the road. 

If that doesn’t work, Satan applies persecution or affliction.  Many people give up the word of God at the first sign of any difficulty it arouses, even though they may have initially received it with great enthusiasm.  Certainly persecution – in some form or fashion – is inevitable for anyone who seeks to walk according to the word of God (2 Timothy 3:12).  This is the seed which was sown on rocky soil. 

Finally, Satan resorts to our lusts and fears: anything he can get us to think about more than what God has said.  These include everything from the mundane worries of the everyday world to hopes for worldly riches or power to anything else that you might desire more than God’s approval.  (Eve had some pretty good reasons to succumb; we always do.)  This is the seed which was sown among thorns.

Re-read the parable to strengthen your understanding not just of Satan’s devices, but even more of the power of God’s word.  Hold it fast and it will overcome every obstacle in its way.  In due time we will reap a great harvest, if we do not grow weary.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.

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