Satan, the adversary is a schemer. A schemer makes clever and secret plan with intent to deceive. It is on this note that Paul clearly admonished every believer to be properly attired with the whole armor of God. The whole armor of God is not for fashion parade or exhibition. It is given so that you “may be able to stand against the schemes (wiles) of the devil. A wile is a craftily, framed and cunning strategy to deceive. The devil’s scheme is framed within the boundaries what is of the world system; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. All of these things are not of the Father. 1 Jn 2:16. Even if the devil masquerades as an angel of light, it will still operate within this frame.
Satan the schemer is also known “like the roaring lion” that roams about seeking for someone to consume. For this reason, we watch out for the accusatory, devouring schemes of Satan and stand against such vehemently. Many prayer sessions are conceived to resist the Rottweiler-like attack of the adversary as in Job1 and Zech 3. However, there is another scheme that is as potent as the accusatory, devouring scheme. It is the alluring, complementary, flattery of the devil. This is meant to achieve the same purpose. It is also framed within the boundaries of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
It was this second strategy that the devil deployed against Jesus in the wilderness of temptation. Mt 4: 1-10. Rather than attacking Jesus, the tempter came with enticement: “If you are the Son of God…” He was enticing Jesus to satisfy his need for food independent of His Father. Although all the attempts against Jesus were framed within the boundaries of what is in the world, they were alluring, complementary and flattering.
The whole armor is given for all the schemes of the schemer. Satan will love that you only know him as an attacker and not as encourager. If he can encourage you to succeed independent of God, he has succeeded in his agenda. If he can succeed to help you achieve anything seemingly good without depending on God, he has succeeded in his agenda. If he can encourage you to make it all about your glory and not God’s or even a little of God’s glory and yours mixed together, he has succeeded in his agenda.
Let’s not forget this admonition; finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Eph 6:10-11
Have a blessed week