At times, Satan attacks us with great violence. Some days the battle may not be as intense, but we will all face war in the Christian life. If we are going to be victorious, then we must know Satan’s tactics, and we must know our own God given battle strategy.
Satan attacks by making accusations. Revelation 12:10 says that he is the accuser of the brothers who “accuses them day and night.” He loves to make blood-washed sins look like monsterous-condeming sins. He loves to try and tape back on the stinger of death that Christ has removed (1 Corinthians 15:55,56). Satan knows that if he can get you to look down at yourself, with shame and self-loathing, then you won’t be looking to the transforming glory of Christ. That is his tactic.
Christians must fight by turning their attention to the glory of God in Christ. When we see his beauty and majesty afresh, we will be strengthened to experience the abundant Christian life. This is what Paul tells Timothy to do in 2 Timothy 2:1, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” This is our daily method of operation. This is our moment by moment life in this world. No matter what sin comes to mind. No matter what trial we face. No matter what less than ideal feeling washes over us. We fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on God’s gracious smile shining down on us through the Savior. This is our only strategy.
This strategy works. God has abundant grace for those who look to him. When we turn our eyes away from ourselves to Christ, he transforms us into holy and happy people. We have no right to doubt God’s strategy. He calls us to be transformed by the renewal of our mind. To think about what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely (Philippians 4:8).
Today is a day of battle. So fight. Resist the accuser. Behold the beauty of your Savior. Take up the word of God. Set your mind on something true about him. Ask him to show you his glory. He will surely do it.