When you look at this picture what do you see? The game of chess is an interesting game where one tries to capture the king to become the victor. I love how the game of chess provides an opportunity for the underdog to win. It’s not over until it’s over. Even if all the major playing pieces are taken, it’s possible to still win. In this game, the pawn can become a queen. The pawn is merely an underdog until it makes its way to the other side and changes the trajectory of the game.
The game of chess requires perseverance and patience. How many of us give up before the end of the game? Is it because we are weary and tired? Or have we lost the confidence to believe that we can win? In life, Satan can play us like pawns in his game of evil. He throws temptations in our path trying to lure us away, he whispers lies in our ears to make us doubt and seduces us to believe life is better in the green grass. He waits until we are at our weakest, most desperate moments to make his move. He is evil and uses sneaky strategies to make us move where he wants us. We don’t have to fall victim to Satan’s evil schemes.
3 Strategies Satan Uses Against
- Unforgiveness- Satan’s role in our lives will always be to tempt us. When there is unforgiveness in our lives, Satan will always use this against us to tantalize us to the point of destruction. Unforgiveness opens a door for the enemy to cause division and chaos in our lives. Satan seduces us into believing holding onto unforgiveness is a better solution than forgiving others. Forgiveness provides an open door for unity, harmony and peace in our world. Forgiving others allows an opportunity for the underdog to win.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NIV
“Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
2. Making Fear greater than God. Satan will do anything he can to elevate our fears, trying to make them greater than God. One of his primary purposes is to instill fear in our lives and take our focus off of God. The other day we were at the park and my daughter said, “I’m thirsty.” I said, “There is a water fountain over there, go get a drink of water.” My daughter said, “I want a drink of water, but there is a wasp over there.” I went over to inspect the situation to find the wasp had already left. I told my daughter the wasp was gone, but she would not go near the water fountain because she was still afraid she would get stung. How many times has the enemy done this in our lives? He instills fear in us so we can’t go where God is trying to lead us. Even though the wasp wasn’t there anymore she still wouldn’t go near where it was. Allowing fear to dictate and control our responses and actions will always keep us from God’s greater plans. When Fear > God, we will always live defeated life that is stuck. When God > Fear, we will always live a life that is filled with God’s abundance and victory.
1 Peter 5:8 NIV
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
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