by Marjorie Truesdale

As a child growing up in a Christian home, I remember singing a kid's song about being in God's Army. I heard about demonic activity from aunts and uncles who were missionaries in Africa. But it wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that I began to realize that ALL of life is about fighting a very real spiritual battle.

In his introduction The Strategy of Satan, Warren Wiersbe says, "This book is about Satan and the strategy he has to wreck your Christian life and (if possible) destroy you." He goes on to say, "This book is a manual that arms you the Christian soldier... it is a deadly serious guidebook for the dedicated Christian... who wants to know how to win."

Just as it is important in any battle to identify and understand the methods of the enemy, it is imperative we learn all we can about our spiritual enemy.

  • Who is he?
  • What is his agenda?
  • Where are we likely to find him?
  • What are his schemes?
  • How can we defeat him?

Who is he?

"That ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, who led the whole world astray... the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night..." Revelation 12:9-10 "He was a murderer from the beginning... he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44

What is his agenda?

He seeks to destroy us. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

Where are we likely to find him?

He has been given access any places there is agreement with his purpose. I can actually agree with his purpose and give him "the keys to my house, or mind" by harboring "hatred, jealousy, selfish ambition" (Galatians 5:20-21), lust, greed - which is idolatry (yikes!)... anger, slander, and lying. (Colossians 3:5-9).

What is his scheme? He will attempt to "poison", distract, or capture me

He works to get as many "on the bus to hell with him" as he can. If we have already accepted Jesus as Savior the enemy wants to keep us captive with his lies, keeping us in a prison of guilt and shame and using our sinful acts to further his agenda.

Through the power God has given us, we can defeat him! We can be effective soldiers in the battle only if we "Put to death... whatever belongs to your earthly nature." Colossians 3:5-9.

An effective soldier obeys the Commander as we are daily in The Word

  • Ask God to teach you as you read His Word.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize His voice.
  • Be quick to confess sin.
  • Plan to obey even before He gives direction.

Develop a conversational relationship with God. Ask Him to guide and help you in even the smallest details. Like little Samuel, regularly say "Speak Lord, I'm listening."

Our military ammunition

We have been given equipment to fight with; an effective soldier learns how to use his weapons by practicing with it daily.

  • We have been issued the name of Jesus. "And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." John 14:13
  • We have been issued the Word of God. "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Heb. 4:12
  • We have been issued praise. "Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands..." Psalm 149:1, 6

An effective soldier knows how to use the equipment. But more importantly obeys the commander.

We need to maintain proper nourishment to keep strong . We need to be daily in the Word listening to our Commander, and doing what He says.

Precious Lord, Take My Hand
(To the tune of original song by same title)
Lyrics by Marjorie Truesdale

When I face the tempter's snare.
Give me eyes to see his glare,
Cover me, fill me up, help me stand.
Give me strength to turn away,
Give me power to go Your way.
Take my hand, Precious Lord.
Lead me home!

Marjorie teaches workshops on prayer and specifically enjoys teaching "Praying for Prodigals".
She can be contacted by phone at (913) 341-1059 or e-mail at
She also recommends: Praying The Lord's Prayer For Spiritual Breakthrough - Elmer Towns, Praying God's Word - Beth Moore, Strategy of Satan - Warren Wiersbe, Watchman Prayer - Dutch Sheets