The Devil's (Satan) Deception and Tactics to Enslave a Christian
One thing Satan does very well is corrupt any good thing that he can with; pride, sin, or excess. In the life of a Christian these attacks by the Devil can take on many forms. One of the most frequent is to fill the believer with pride instead of giving God the glory. Slowly the Christian will stop relying on God in prayer and they will begin to do "God's Work" in their own power in order to garner the praise of man (Galatians 1:10, John 12:43).
Satan will corrupt a spiritual gift of God in a Christian's life the second they stop giving God the glory and relying on Him for every ounce of strength. The second a Christian stops walking in the Spirit they are in danger of Satanic and worldly influences on their live's.
"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish."
I will give you an example from my perspective, Discerning of Spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10) is my spiritual gift and I fight with my flesh and Satan every day because they want to corrupt this good gift from God.
The Devil and the flesh can corrupt a Spiritual Gift in one of two extremes. A Christian with the gift of Discerning of Spirits can become legalistic and claim everybody who doesn't do it like them is in error and living in sin.
You have probably observed those "Independent Fundamental" churches who believe if things are not done exactly like they believe then those Christians need to repent. For Example; a woman can't wear pants or makeup, worship teams in churches cannot use instruments, all Christian music is satanic except for their version, and every other pastor is a false teacher or deceiver except for their little clique, etc.
Granted, most popular pastors on television are Word Faith/Prosperity teachers but there still are good ones out there. For example; John MacArthur, Adrian Rogers, D. James Kennedy, and Greg Laurie are four pastors on television who teach the Bible.
Most "Independent Fundamental" pastors would claim that two or three of those were false teachers. That is a prime example of Satan corrupting a Spiritual Gift and using it for his purposes.
There is a popular Internet Forum where these "Independent Fundamental" pastors and laymen congregate and it is amazing how carnal they act. They frequently fight and call each other names like heathens and I could only imagine what an unbeliever would think if they ever witnessed professing Christians acting like drunken sailors on liberty in a foreign port. If any of them are actually Born Again Satan has blinded them to the point that they are actually doing his bidding.
The other extreme Satan and the flesh will use against a Christian is pacifism. The milquetoast, effeminate, ecumenical, false piety, and all to common refrain taken out of context of "Judge not, that you be not judged," Matthew 7:1. Never taking a verse out of context is biblical hermeneutics 101. Keep reading to verse 5, "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
What Jesus is saying is we cannot make judgements without first taking the beam out of our own eye. The moment we examine ourselves we will see clearly enough to critique others according to biblical precepts (Matthew 7:5).
An example of a Matthew 7:1-5 hypocrite would be a Christian man telling his married friend that he shouldn't be looking at scantily clad women in television commercials when he himself is addicted to porn. In other words, don't ever criticize a person in a specific area when you struggle with that same sin in a much larger degree (See Romans 2:1).
Another thing to consider is for a Christian to claim, "Judge not, that you be not judged," they are actually judging! In other words, they are telling you not to judge while judging you! That is the height of hypocrisy! Those Christians who cry, "Judge not, that you be not judged," are the hypocrites Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7:1-5.
"Jesus commanded Christians to judge in the Gospel of John, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment," John 7:24. Being a Berean and judging is one of the most noble things a Christian can do.
"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."
Pray to God for; wisdom, knowledge, discernment, and understanding. Ask God that you will not be deceived by false teachings and He will direct your steps. Ask God to put a hedge about you (Job 1:8-10) and to direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6).
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15.
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."
1 Peter 5:6-9
"But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them."
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
"But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,"
1 Timothy 4:1-2
Satan In The Bible
Energized David------------1 Chronicles 21:1
Afflicted Job-------------Job 1:7-2:10
Opposes Israel------------Zechariah 3:1-9
Prince Of Demons----------Matthew 12:24, Acts 10:38
Incites False Doctrine-------1 Timothy 4:1-6
Perverts God's Word--------Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:10-11
Demon Possesion------------Matthew 12:22-29
The Adversary-------------Zechariah 3:1
Behind Judas--------------John 13:2, 27
Caused Ananias To Lie-------Acts 5:3
Blinds People---------------2 Corinthians 4:4
Harm Christians------------1 Peter 5:8
Leader Of Demons----------Ephesians 6:11-12
Works In Unsaved----------Ephesians 2:2
Father of the Unsaved------John 8:44, Matthew 13:24-43, Romans 9:7-9, 1 John 3:4-10
Does Miracles-------------2 Thessalonians 2:9
Prince Of The World--------John 12:31, 14:30
Blinds People---------------Luke 13:16
Fallen Angel---------------Matthew 25:41
Sows Tares---------------Matthew 13:38-39
Snatches The Word Away--- Matthew 13:19
Bound In The Millenium-------Revelation 20:1-3