Satan’s method to entrap us always comes through the mind. Although impure sexual thoughts are frequently the means by which he ensnares young men, a more universal means for keeping men and women of all ages in bondage is the harboring of malice. Malice can be defined as evil intentions, evil wishing, and an evil surmising directed toward other people. Satan is full of malice; he wishes absolute evil for you and your loved ones. His only intention for your life is to injure, cause despair and wreak destruction. All of the dark angels which follow him also have the malicious mindset of perfect hatred and the persistence of seeking the ruin of others.
These dark forces cannot harm you physically unless God grants them allowance. What God does permit, however, is that they touch you spiritually. They do this each day by the power of suggestion. These suggestions come via impulses to our minds in the form of evil presentations. The fallen flesh nature is allied and conducive to these impulses, and if given the unmortified chance, it will take the ball and run. The war the Christian fights daily is the killing of these strategically flesh-targeted impulses which rise to strangle the inner man.
This is where the rubber meets the road in terms of Christian sanctification. If we are unable to effectively counter these malicious suggestions, no real advancements in perfection can be made with God. We will always be hitting walls and spinning our wheels in the muck of failure. We will remain defeated and immobile and immature. All of our preaching and teaching will be relegated to paper theories and powerless theology.
The way Satan overcomes us is by exploiting our weaknesses; the way we overcome him is by exploiting his. If you would overcome Satan you must know where his weaknesses are and then act on hitting these points in the Spirit of the Lord. The secret to overcome the powers of darkness consists in conquering evil suggestions with good actions. This is surest way to defeat Satan’s attack with immediate resolve.
A common strategy of demonic forces is to implant a malicious suggestion in your mind toward someone who has offended you. If this dart of malice is not quenched or mortified, it will eventually make its way into your heart to create a stronghold of vengeance and evil surmising. The Lord will allow the devil to test you here. When the person makes an offending comment or action, we should immediately identify it as a test and keep our minds girded in Christ. Say nothing, do nothing. The flesh will immediately suffer, but you will have ceased from sinning. Satan will flee. This is the first defensive action of mortification. In time, the flesh-suffering will cease and you will have gained a certain amount of grace and wisdom which, prior to the test, you did not possess.
But Satan will hit you again, at an appropriate time, and the dart on this occasion will be one of malice. There is a great danger falling into a new trap here. You will be reminded of the offense and a burning dart of vengeful malice will assault you. This dart will come at the perfect time, and if your mind is not girded-up and your heart pure of conceit and offense before God, the dart may escape mortifying interception and lodge within you.
The way to overcome Satan at this very moment is to go on the immediate offense with good. Buy a special card and a small gift and give it to the person privately, and let them know how much you appreciate them. Do this act with sincerity, allowing God’s love to flow through you unto them by the Holy Spirit. This is exploiting a weakness of Satan, because Satan will not transmit God’s love nor will he ever desire genuine good upon another person. You will have dealt him a blow that decisively repels any campaign of destruction he might have been devising. And God will reward you deeply.
Dear believer, you can overcome Satan’s forces every time. By initial mortification and then overcoming his darts of malice with good acts and God’s love, we make good the power of our testimony: sin shall not have dominion over us, for we are under God’s grace and continually cleansed in the blood of Christ.