Even the demons learn Scripture. For them, that must really suck!
If you’ve read the previous articles, you know that God longs for you to get to know Him by way of internalizing His Word. You know there are many benefits that will be yours if you choose to do Scripture memory. And you also know that, in spite of all that, it’s normal for you to not feel an urge to begin doing Scripture memory.
What you may not know — YET — is that Satan and his demons have been working overtime to keep you from discovering, reading, believing, and then acting upon the things you’ve read thus far.
But knowledge is power! Once you know you’re being manipulated by invisible spiritual beings, and having now read the truth, you can choose to disregard the lies of the devil, and begin to obey God.
So, the purpose of this article is to give you much-needed information about what the devil is up to, and how you should respond.
Did You Realize This? You Are The “Rope” In A Spiritual Tug-Of-War!
That may not be a perfect analogy, but do you see my point? On one end, Satan and his demons are pulling you toward hell, trying everything in their bag of tricks to keep you from doing Scripture memory, and thus learning the Bible, and then helping others do the same.
On the other end, God is working for your good to draw you to Himself, while at the same time respecting your free will.
The demons, as they always do, are exploiting the fact that God has given you a free will; they will stop at nothing to disrupt, discourage, distract, and deflect you away from obeying God by doing Scripture memory.
The Scripture Above Ought To Alarm You!
It alarms me, even though I know my eternal destiny is assured. It alarms me because of all the people I know who are not ready to step into eternity yet. Some think they are ready–but they may not be. Some don’t seem to care. Many have been beaten down by religion, and want nothing to do with anything associated with churches.
But most of all, the devil wants to keep you from understanding the Word of God.
Here’s how Jesus described that process:
18 Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom [Scripture read from the Bible] and does not understand it, the evil one [the devil] comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. (Matthew 13:8-9>
Here Are Seven Strategies The Demons Use
1 STEALTH: First and foremost, he doesn’t want you to believe that he exists. If God is the great “I AM”, Satan is the “I AM NOT”! But Jesus, Paul, Peter and all the New Testament writers knew demons exist, and they strongly warned us to be on guard and not fall into the devil’s traps.
2 IGNORANCE: Whether you believe demons exist or not, they do not want you to know things such as the incredible power of God’s Word and the awesome benefits of Scripture memory.
3 ANESTHESIA: If somehow you throw off your ignorance of God’s Word and begin to read it, the devil wants to keep you “anesthetized” such that you read the words–but they might as well be written in a foreign language. They have no meaning. The Gospel is veiled, and you are in danger of perishing. (See 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 above)
4 UNBELIEF: If they fail to keep the truth from you, their next strategy is to keep you from taking these truths seriously. The demons will plant thoughts of unbelief in your mind, and try to get you to think that doing things like Scripture memory are really not important. Other things are much more important.
5 DISTRACTION: If you are still determined to believe and press on, the demons will try to distract you. You’ll feel hungry; you’ll feel tired; you’ll be too busy; someone will call; you’ll feel inclined to spend hours on the internet; etc.
6 DOUBT: The devil will try to make you think you cannot do Scripture memory. That’s a lie, and I can prove it: Obviously, you can read. Do you have a sound mind? Now, can you remember your phone number; your address; birth dates of friends and family members; details of how to do your job; etc.? Did you have to really work at committing those to memory? Of course not! So you see, you CAN do Scripture memory!
7 OUTRIGHT LIES: See the Scripture photo below. EVERYTHING the devil says is a lie. He tells half-truths, but those are like a pan of chocolate brownies… with dog poop baked into them! You would NEVER eat that! Neither should you “eat” the words of the devil.
Satan And His Demons Have No Truth In Them; They Always Lie!
Using the analogy of the Word of God as spiritual food, the writer of Hebrews said,
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)
There Are Only Two Spiritual Kingdoms! There’s No Middle Ground!
Read these Words of Jesus:
Whoever is not with me is against me (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23)
There is no neutral position. With every word and deed, each one of us serves either heaven or hell. And some day, each one of us will be held accountable for our choices.
The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. (John 12:48)
How can we live according to God’s Word if we don’t know what it is? How can anyone claim to believe in Jesus, yet have only a vague notion of what He taught? And yet, there are churches filled with people who believe that they must not read and apply principles from the Bible!
Someone has said that there are about 3,900 Bible verses that command us to know God’s Word. So we know what God longs for us to do.
And now you know what the devil wants you to do.
So now you have to decide two things:
- BELIEF: Do you believe the things you’ve read here? Everything is based on the Truth of God’s Word.
- IMPORTANCE: Is Scripture memory important to you? If it’s important to you, you’ll do it. If it’s not important to you, you won’t do it.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Note the urgency in those two passages: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today…”; “choose this day…”
Take Action! Here’s What To Do:
Decide NOW to walk in obedience to God, by beginning a discipline of learning His Word. (Much more on how to do that in the next article.)
The devil is likely talking to you right now, telling you to put it off. Don’t listen to that voice. It’s a lie!
Take a stand NOW!
PLEASE!! DO NOT LET THE ENEMY WIN!
GO IMMEDIATELY to the next topic,” Memorize Bible Verses “. There you will find everything you need to get started. I’ve even put some some verses into a couple of PDF files, which you can download and print out for free!