June 28, 2017

Seven Tactics of Temptation by Sam Storms

Hey everyone, I found this quote from Sam Storms on ways Satan tempts us. I thought it would be really helpful for us to know when we are most vulnerable so we can “stand firm against the wiles of the devil” (Eph 6:11).

Seven Tactics of Temptation:

  1. Satan especially likes to tempt us when our faith is fresh, i.e., when the Christian is only recently converted and thus less prepared to know how to resist his seductive suggestions.
  2. Satan especially likes to tempt us when our faith feels strongest, i.e., when we think we are invulnerable to sin. If we are convinced that we have it under control, we become less diligent.
  3. Satan especially likes to tempt us when we are in an alien environment.
  4. Satan also likes to tempt us when our faith is being tested in the fires of affliction. When we are tired, burnt out, persecuted, feeling excluded and ignored, Satan makes his play. His most common tactic is to suggest that God isn’t fair, that he is treating us unjustly, from which platform Satan then launches his seductive appeal that we need no longer obey.
  5. Satan especially likes to tempt us immediately following both spiritual highs and spiritual lows. Periods of emotional elation and physical prosperity can sometimes lead to complacency, pride, and a false sense of security. When they do, we’re easy targets for the enemy’s arrows.
  6. Perhaps Satan’s most effective tactic in tempting us is to put his thoughts into our minds and then blame us for having them.
  7. A related tactic of temptation is for him to launch his accusations as if they were from the Holy Spirit. In other words, he couches his terms and chooses his opportunities in such a way that we might easily mistake his voice for that of God.
    -Sam Storms

Recommended Reading on Temptation:
Temptation: Resisted and Repulsed by John Owen
Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ by Russell Moore

Comments

  1. FRANCIS ISAIAH says:

    Tis a true word, ‘cos it seems to be what I’m passing via which I believe I have overcome the world & satan via Christ’s redemption.

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