The following post was written by Becky Cardwell in the Facebook Worldwide Unified Group and is shared here with permission.
He doesn’t care. Satan doesn’t care how he deceives us, just that he does. He doesn’t mind using a little truth or a lot of truth mixed with a little deception as long as we are confused or deceived.
He is angry. He’s mad at God—Christ, and those of us who follow God or light. EVERYTHING he does is to keep us from a relationship with God, Christ, or each other. And it’s because he’s angry. These are some of the ways he likes to use on us to accomplish his purpose.
He lies. He deceives. In big or small ways. He yells lies, he also whispers them. He laughs when lies are shown on tv and in homes. He rejoices when we believe that what we are hearing is truth. But even more so lately, he uses truth to cover much of his lies. Because he knows many can see truth and recognize it—so he mixes in a little lie to get us off the path or to get our direction changed ever so slightly. He doesn’t care if he uses truth or light—as long as it’s mixed with some darkness. Satan doesn’t play fair.
He distracts us. If he can’t lie to us, or even if he can, he uses distraction as a major tool to keep us from progressing or finding out who we are. Distractions can be anything and he uses what works best on us. To some it could be a phone, pornography, movies, television, music, books, entertainment, news sources, hobbies, money, jobs, etc. He doesn’t care what it is, just that we are distracted.
He attacks. He boldly attacks us. He accuses, abuses, manipulates, and does anything to keep us from God’s plan for us.
He confuses us. This goes along with how he deceives us, but confusion is a tool he loves to employ. When we are confused about who we are, truth, or who the darkness is, we are left wandering and unsure of what to do. [Satan knows our name but will never use it]
Satan Rejects Who We Are
He causes identity theft. This comes in every form you can think of. He confuses us on who we are and our missions. He tells us untrue things about ourselves and others. He thwarts our efforts. He is afraid of us when we realize who we truly are—literal, divine, powerful, sons and daughters of a real God.
He abuses. He manipulates, he harms, he curses, he uses those on his side to do his bidding. He loves when we are hurt. He loves when our hearts are in pain. He loves when he sees families or people abusing or hurting each other. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, or mental.
Satan Uses Fear
He uses fear, despair, doubt, shame, jealousy, and an array of other emotions that keep us from moving toward light or moving at all.
“Above all else , the devil can not stand to be mocked.” C.S Lewis
God Loves Us
God and Jesus, on the other hand, love us! They want us to succeed. They want us to have a relationship with them and others. They tell us truth. They do not lie. They respect our agency. They don’t force us to do anything. God always loves us and will never leave us alone.
God Lifts Us
God lifts us. He helps pull us through the dark times and hurt. He helps us see the bigger picture.
God Gives Us Agency
God lets us learn. He knows Satan will hurt us and that this life is hard. He knows that experiences will help us grow and know things for ourselves. He wants us to be powerful and get where He is.
God encourages, forgives, respects, cares, is patient, loves, has compassion, and helps us in our trials. He doesn’t leave us alone and He bears our burdens with us—in fact, Christ already has borne our burdens and knows how to help us.
He heals. God heals us from the pain, abuse, sorrow, and everything in between that we have ever, or will ever, go through. His power to heal is unlimited.
God rescues us. He comes to where we are and literally rescues us from whatever dungeon or chains we are in.
He has faith in us. He believes in you and in each of us and in our ability to rise up to who we are and to conquer evil.
God is Powerful
He gives us power to do what we need to and to overcome what we need to. This is grace.
Satan uses people and will only abandon us in the end. He wants the glory and only cares for himself. God and Christ are loyal friends and will never leave you—even in the darkest moments. Seems pretty obvious who is the best person to listen to.