“And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.”
Satan’s tactics never change. What he did in the past to get people to do wrong, he still does today to get you to do wrong. Satan’s greatest tactics are distraction and diversion. He distracted Eve with the serpent, then he diverted her attention away from all the trees to focus on the one tree God told her not to eat. He distracted Elijah with Jezebel’s contract on his life, and he diverted his attention from God to thinking of himself. Satan distracted Abraham with the maid he hired, and diverted his attention from faith to self-preservation by focusing on how he could get a child through his maid.
Every person whom Satan has deceived was first distracted from God’s will which diverted their focus to fleshly desires. Satan tries to do the same thing to you every day. If he can distract you with something, he will most likely be able to divert your attention away from what you are supposed to be doing. He tried these same tactics with Jesus in the wilderness, but he failed miserably. There were three diversionary tactics that Satan tried to use with Jesus that he also tries to use on you.
First, he tries to get you possession-focused instead of faith-focused. Satan said to Jesus, “If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” Satan was trying to get Jesus to focus on earthly goods instead of on the life of faith that He was supposed to live. Satan will do everything he can to distract you with the monetary so that you won’t live a life of faith. He knows the most powerful and influential life is the life that is faith-focused. If Satan can get you to look at this world’s goods instead of God’s rewards of faith, he can get you to disobey the LORD. Satan doesn’t care if you do good as long as your good is not being led by faith. Satan knows that the believer who lives by faith will always be led of the Spirit, which always results in souls being saved and God’s kingdom being furthered.
Second, he tries to get you power-focused instead of God-focused. Satan said to Jesus, “All this power will I give thee…” This statement alone is a lie and Satan knew it. God is the giver of power, not Satan. However, Satan tried to get Jesus focused on position and power instead of trying to please the Father. You must be careful about Satan distracting you with position and power because they can easily divert your attention from God to you. You are in grave trouble when you are more concerned with what you want more than what God’s Word says.
Third, he tries to get you self-focused instead of servant focused. Satan said to Jesus, “If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” Jesus’ ministry was not to be about Himself, but His ministry was to be about seeking and saving that which was lost. If Satan can get you self-focused, he can get you to stop serving others, and he can get you to stop seeking the lost. Your life is never to be self-focused; your life should be about serving the LORD, serving others, and reaching the lost.
My friend, the answer to not being distracted or diverted is to let God’s Word guide your every decision of life. Don’t let Satan get you focused on yourself. Don’t let his distractions get you diverted from God’s purpose for your life. Staying focused on God will keep you walking the right path.