Satan’s Schemes<br />John R. Gentry<br />Thesis: To discuss some of the schemes Satan uses to take advantage of God’s people and to discuss ways to defeat Satan’s scheming.<br />Introduction:<br /><ul><li>When Paul wrote to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians, he discussed the fact that Satan might take advantage of them: "so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes," 2 Cor. 2.11.
Informed Christians, however, need not be in a position to be caught off guard …
Satan's advantage is based on a person being ignorant of his schemes.
But if we are aware of the methods Satan uses to lead people astray, we can resist him successfully!
What are some of the schemes of Satan? How can we defend ourselves against them?
In study we shall attempt to answer these questions. We begin by noticing a scheme of Satan that Paul described later in this same epistle …</li></ul>Discussion:<br /><ul><li>Blind the Minds of People.
Don't let the bad ones discourage us.</li></ul>Conclusion:<br /><ul><li>This is not an exhaustive list, rather only a few of the schemes of Satan. The Scriptures certainly reveal much more about how the Great Deceiver works.
However, I pray this study has been sufficient to show…
That ignorance of his schemes makes us susceptible.
That if we are not diligent, he can indeed take advantage of us!
Therefore, remember these important words of the apostle Paul:
" Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm" (Eph. 6.10–13).
Are you a captive of Satan, 2 Tim. 2.26? Do you want to be set free? Only obedience to the truth can set you free, John 8.31, 32; 1 Pet. 1.22–25.
Have you, Christian, given in to any one of Satan’s schemes? Then you are once again bound by Satan in the “bonds of iniquity.” Repent and pray God for forgiveness, and confess your sins, Acts 8.22; 1 John 1.9.