Satan attempts to deceive us through his lies to try to push us off the path back to God. A truth we must know is the Devil knows us. In addition, we must be aware that he uses lies mixed with truth to trick us.
The devil knows us.
The devil used to be our brother. He led a rebellion to overthrow God and was cast out of heaven. He and those followed him scatter the earth to make us as miserable as they are.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! -Isaiah 14:12
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.-Revelation 12:9
He spends a long time getting to know us: our weaknesses, our tendencies, and struggles. Once we understand that he will tempt us with our struggles, we will start to build up defenses. Let’s say you struggle with alcohol. You know that and so does he. You need to be proactive in avoiding situations where you will be tempted. Don’t go to bars and don’t associate with people who will push you to drink. Maintain friendships that are beneficial and uplifting.
Let’s say you have a problem with anger. In order to avoid situations where your anger might get out of control, learn coping mechanisms to manage your anger. Bite your tongue or carry a rubber band on your wrist and snap it against your skin to remind yourself of the damaging effects of anger. Whatever works, learn it and do it.
The devil uses lies mixed with truth
In order to understand our enemy we must learn about him and his tactics. The military uses intelligence to learn about their enemy. Why shouldn’t we? Athletic teams practice for long hours to defeat their opponent. Why shouldn’t we? One of the his tactics is to lie to you and mix it with a truth to be more convincing.
For example, he may say to you:
You’re not good enough. You’ll never be forgiven. Everybody sins. You’re too weak.
You’re not good enough–LIE
You’ll never be forgiven–LIE
You’re too weak–LIE
Just because he wants us to be miserable doesn’t mean we should accept it. We have more power than he does. We have freedom to choose right from wrong. We have the Holy Spirit on our side, to overcome any temptation he may try to pester us with. We have the word of God to enlighten us of what saints have done in the past to overcome the fiery darts of the adversary. We have prayer so we can talk with Our Father. To let Him know what we’re struggling with. He will listen. He will be there for you. And unlike the devil, He loves you.
He loves you. That is the Greatest Truth Ever Told.