by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Satan will never leave us alone as long as we are committed to Christ. He will use whatever means at his disposal to pull as away from the Lord. He is the father of lies (John 8:44) and the master seducer (Genesis 3:1-8; Ephesians 6:11).
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, NKJV).
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
In Proverbs, Solomon portrays Satan as a smooth talker. Understanding his battle plan will help us repel his attacks (James 4:7). By listening to God, we can construct a healthy environment where we can dwell with him and be safe from most of the dangers of this world (1 John 1:10).
We must learn the Word of God and make it a part of our being so we can remain strong in the Lord. He will teach us who Satan is and how we will be attacked.
Armed with the knowledge of Scripture we can remain free from destruction through prayer, grace and the free-flowing blood of Christ (Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:7).
Solomon calls us to remain on the path of righteousness and hold to the wisdom of the Word to remain firmly with God (Proverbs 1:7; 1:15; 2:8-9,13,15,19,20; 3:6,17; 4:11,14,18,26; 5:6,21).
Satan, however, will use smooth words and the pleasures of this world to lure us into his web. He will use everything we hold dear to destroy our faith in God.
Solomon uses images of seduction all throughout the first five chapters of Proverbs, to show how Satan will try to pull us away from God (Proverbs 2:8-11,15-16; 3:29; 4:23; 5:3).
Will we be strong enough to resist? On our own abilities, the answer is no (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God’s Word must be an anchor in our lives, bringing knowledge, wisdom and understanding. We will be able to discern the right paths to walk if we are immersed in Scripture (Proverbs 1:2-6).
Becoming transformed by the blood of Christ, we can learn to walk by the light of the Lord, shunning darkness along the path (Romans 12:1-2). In the darkness and shadows lurks Satan and spiritual death (Proverbs 4:19).
Let us always remain alert and safe (Hebrews 13:5).