5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

All within moments of each other. Thing 3 spued in the mini. Thing 4 had a diaper explosion. Thing 1 needed immediate assistance with mounds of make-up work. And Thing 2, well, in the distant hopes to keep him healthy, a full scrub-the-deck initiative had begun.

As I hauled the 5th laundry basket down the stairs, it dawned on me that something else might be going on and I literally began to laugh. You see I was about to leave to go share God’s Word with a group of women going on their leadership team retreat. The very next day.

Sometimes we can laugh, when we sense that Satan might be coming against us, but other times all we can do is cry.

One of the passages that we were going to explore on the retreat was Luke 4:1-13 where Jesus, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit is led into the wilderness. The wilderness. You can only imagine it would be void of somethings and present with others. For Jesus it was void of food. But it was abundantly present with the testing of Satan.

As Jesus engaged in the testing of Satan, we get to see a glimpse of 5 ways Satan works. It’s how he worked then and it is how he works today. When we are enduring a season of testing, we often find that Satan uses that time to interrogate the deep issues of our heart.

Satan will cause us to…

  1.  Question our identity in Christ. He questioned Jesus’ sonship and he questions ours. “Are you really part of God’s family? He wouldn’t take you in, not after that…” Sound familiar?
  2. Doubt the love and provision of the Father. Have you experienced job loss and then really questioned, really feared that God wouldn’t provide? Who hasn’t? Maybe like me your mind wanders year and year ahead before you’ve even finish a day.
  3. Ignore the leading of the Holy Spirit. In all 3 tests, Satan wants Jesus to take matters into his own hands and essentially ignore his mission from the Father. For us he creates enough question that we ingore God’s leading all together. “He didn’t really mean me! Someone else will do it!”
  4. Entertain our desire for control. This recovering perfectionist certainly doesn’t have any issues with this one. Yikes! But often Satan persuades us to take control. Look at the Garden of Eden. He persuaded Eve to take control. What good did that do? Notta much.
  5. Focus on the distractions of the world instead of the divine person of Jesus. If he can just get us busy enough, he knows we won’t be a factor for the Father to use.

But I want to be a factor. I want to win over my wilderness. How about you? Well stay tuned for” 4 Ways We Win over our Wilderness”, my next blog post. But before we get to the solution, let’s pause on the problem.

Which of the above points are a struggle?

Do you doubt his love? Ignore him? Take control? Just get busy? What might be the underlying wounds, heartache, disappointments, or hurt that Satan is interrogating when you are facing a test.

I am not worthy of your trust but God is. Ask him to heal you. Ask him to help. I know I don’t really know what I am asking of you but I do know…

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

So try him out.

My hope and my prayer is that your healing with come…

Leaving Satan with less to interrogate in your life.


About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.