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HOW TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM SATAN’S SNARES
Note to the speaker:
Help the audience to see the reality of Satan the Devil and his schemes, which should not be taken lightly. Highlight the practical ways in which we can protect ourselves and the rewards for doing so
SATAN REAL PERSON, NOT JUST EVIL PRINCIPLE (2 min.)
Popular belief: Satan not a real person
*** w92 12/1 p. 32 “Like a Roaring Lion” ***
“Like a Roaring Lion”
DO YOU believe that Satan exists? Today, many do not. It seems they view such a belief as “unscientific.” Even back in 1911, the Encyclopædia Britannica said: “Science has so explained many of the processes of outer nature and of the inner life of man as to leave no room for Satanic agency.” Theologians reason that Satan is just a symbol, a myth. The World Book Encyclopedia states: “Many modern theologians consider the Devil to be a symbol of the power of evil, of the worst qualities of human nature.”
What, though, are the facts? If you believe in the Bible, you have to believe that Satan is real. Jesus not only believed he existed but called him “the ruler of the world.” (John 14:30) The apostle Paul called Satan “the god of this system of things.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) And the aged apostle John said: “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.”—1 John 5:19.
If you disagree with John, think of recent history. Consider the death squads and the use of torture by governments. Remember the wars and genocides our generation has seen. And what about the vicious crimes headlined in our newspapers—the mass murders, the rapes, the serial killings, the sexual abuse of children, to name just a few? Could anyone but Satan be the god of this world?
The Christian apostle Peter warned: “Be watchful. Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone.” (1 Peter 5:8) If a lion was loose in your neighborhood, would you be discussing whether it existed or not? Or would you run for cover?
Be assured that Satan exists. He is merciless and vicious, and he is stronger than we are. So run for protection to One who is even stronger. “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection.” (Proverbs 18:10) Take shelter with Jehovah God, and know that soon mankind will be freed from the influence of that evil one, Satan. What a joyful relief that will be!—Revelation 20:1-3.
SATAN’S MOTIVE AND PURPOSES (6 min.)
Created perfect, but let he let Pride and ambition take over
Determined to prove self, superior to Jehovah by turning God’s intelligent creatures away from Him
Challenged rightfulness of God’s sovereignty (Ge 3:1-5)
His challenge poses test to all intelligent creatures as to loyalty to Jehovah (Job 1:9-11; 2:4, 5)
Why we should be watchful regarding Satan?
So that he does not destroy us (1Pe 5:8)
Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone
To uphold Jehovah’s sovereignty, make his heart glad (Pr 27:11)
Our vigilance brings reward of everlasting life
SNARES THAT SATAN USES (10 min.)
A snare of Satan to keep control of mankind
In these critical last days, Satan misleads many through love of pleasure (2Ti 3:1, 4)
Desire of the eyes, desire of the flesh (1Jo 2:16; w86 5/1 11-12)
(Matthew 6:22, 23) 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. 23 But if your eye is envious, your whole body will be dark. If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is!
From this we can see the tremendous influence that the eye exerts on our entire life course, for good or for bad.
Consider the case of the first woman, Eve. The extent to which the eye influenced her actions can be seen from the Bible’s account of her encounter with the Deceiver, Satan the Devil. (2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:14) Satan suggested that ‘her eyes were bound to be opened’ if she would just ignore God’s command and take and eat the fruit from “the tree of the knowledge of good and bad.” How did she respond? The Bible tells us: “Consequently the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon.” She allowed her eyes to dwell upon something forbidden to her. That was a deliberate misuse of the eye. What was the result? “So she began taking of its fruit and eating it.”—Genesis 2:17; 3:4-6.
6 No doubt this was not the first time Eve saw “the tree of the knowledge of good and bad” or its fruit. But something different was happening. This time it appeared to be “something to be longed for to the eyes” and “desirable to look upon.” Longing and desire normally are qualities not of the eye but of the heart. But what the eye sees intensifies the longing and desire of the heart, so much so that action may result. In Eve’s case, such action led to disastrous consequences for herself and her husband Adam, as well as for all their future offspring, including us today
To show, however, that it is possible to resist any influence for bad that may come through the eye, we might consider the example of Jesus Christ.
Today, Satan still uses the same tactic in his schemes to draw all people away from doing God’s will. Through the glitter and glamour of the world, Satan promotes “the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life.” (1 John 2:16) This is clearly seen in the advertising schemes used by the commercial world. Is it not true that the most successful advertisements are those that capitalize on their visual impact? The thousands of colorful billboards and flashing signs, the glossy pictures in magazines and newspapers, the clever TV spots—and the billions of dollars spent to produce them—all testify to the fact that the whole idea of advertising is to stimulate the consumer’s “desire of the eyes
Debased popular music, demoralizing TV and movies
Arouses nationalistic, even religious, fervor in spectator sports
Appeals to pride; caused Eve’s downfall
Cain, Nimrod victims of pride
Pride of race one of Satan’s snares
Uses power of sexual attraction
Israelites also seduced by women of Moab
World’s news media, soap operas serve Satan’s purpose
Of those disfellowshipped each year, great majority because of sexual immorality
Tobacco, drug addiction are unclean snares
False religion also snare of Satan
Occultism and curiosity about it another snare
Apostates also used by Satan
They capitalize on minor matters and personal grievances
Fear of man another of Satan’s snares
HOW TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM SATAN’S SNARES (20 min.)
Recognize need for protection from Deceiver (2Co 11:3)
To protect means to cover, shield, safeguard against harm
Resist Satan at all times (Jas 4:7)
Issues raised by Devil must constantly be kept in mind (rs 363-4)
Bad things should be abhorred, no matter how pleasurable they may seem to be (Ps 97:10; 1Co 14:20)
Jesus set example (Heb 1:9)
Spiritual armor must always be worn (Eph 6:11-18; w92 5/15 21-3)
Loins girded about with truth
Keeping mind occupied with God’s truth will help us to resolve questions, will protect us
Breastplate of righteousness
Must safeguard heart, have pure motives (Pr 4:23)
Jesus warned against our heart’s becoming weighed down so that we do not put Kingdom interests first (Lu 21:34, 35)
Feet shod with good news of peace
Be patient, tactful in field ministry to overcome opposition Satan stirs up (Lu 10:5, 6)
Large shield of faith
Develop this protective armor by Bible study and meditation, association with fellow worshipers
Ridicule, slander, bitter words, sarcasm, falsehood are all quenched by this large shield
Enliven own faith by helping others (Jas 2:26)
Helmet of salvation
Hope of salvation is like protective headgear (1Th 5:8)
Strengthen this hope by telling others about it
Sword of the spirit
Need to become better acquainted with Bible to expose Satan’s crafty acts, false teachings; must use it deftly
Prayer also an aid in protecting selves from Satan’s snares
Should include petition, supplication, thanksgiving, praise (Php 4:6, 7)
Fruitage of spirit is strong defense against Satan and works of flesh (Read Galatians 5:19-23)
Love for Jehovah and fellow believers allows no room for works of flesh (1Co 13:4-8)
Mildness mitigates anger, prevents strife (Pr 15:1)
Self-control helps prevent succumbing to works of flesh
Must pummel our body to keep it morally clean (1Co 9:27)
Feeding mind on good things leaves no room for bad thoughts (Php 4:8)
REWARDS FOR PROTECTING OURSELVES FROM SATAN’S SNARES (5 min.)
Good conscience because of right conduct (1Pe 3:16)
Joy of contributing to vindication of Jehovah’s sovereignty
We provide God with an answer for his Taunter (Pr 27:11)
Keeping our integrity also encourages others to be faithful (Php 1:12-14)
Eternal life in new system of things another grand reward
Anointed Christians will rule as heavenly kings (Re 5:10)
“Great crowd” will survive Armageddon and share in making earth a paradise (Re 7:9-14)
Such rewards can be ours only if we keep up our guard and protect ourselves from Satan’s snares (Mt 24:13)
(See also w88 9/1 13-18; w84 10/15 11-20; rs 361-6)
(Adhere closely to the outlined material, and observe the indicated timing of each section. Not all cited texts need be read)
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