The Wily Wolf

2-27-13

In Ephesians 6 Paul encourages the church at Ephesus to put on the whole armor of God. The reason they were told to put on this armor was so they could stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:11). The word for wiles in the Greek is “methodeia”. This is where we get our English word “method”. Satan uses many methods in order to get people to sin and to follow him. He is a wily wolf that is more than willing to clothe himself in sheep’s clothing in order to deceive the sheep. In II Corinthians 11:14 and 15 Paul tells us that Satan will transform himself into an angel of light. He goes on to tell us that Satan’s ministers will also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness. Satan loves to creep in unknowingly among God’s people for the purpose of deceiving them into believing a lie. The main agenda of Satan is to get us to doubt the Word of God and to believe his lies. Satan’s first words to Eve were to get her to doubt what God had said and he has continued this main agenda ever since. You see, Satan has many methods by which he will approach us with his fiery darts but the main purpose with each dart is to get us to doubt the Word of God. This is why we must pick up God’s armor that is mentioned in Ephesians 6 so we can ward off the attacks of the devil. The devil will attack you wherever he sees your vulnerability. If we fail to know the truth then he will feed us a lie. If we fail to put on the breastplate of righteousness and protect our hearts then he will strike us in that most vital place and seek to steal all our emotions. If we fail to put on the gospel shoes then he will give us plenty other to do. Don’t be deceived by the devil! He will tell you anything in order to get you to not believe and follow God. Arm yourself with the truth of God’s word which is the sword of the Spirit and slay all the devil’s lies!