5 Strategies Satan Uses To Attack Us


What are the strategies Satan uses to attack us? If we are fighting a spiritual war, we need to know his strategies. As Paul says,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12

5 Strategies of Satan

(1) Temptation – Satan seeks to entice us to sin.

His purpose is to kill or hinder our witness through public scandal. To gain evidence that would allow him to accuse our conscience. To weaken our faith in sanctification in an area of our lives. To cause us to love our sin so we start excusing it or justifying it.

(2) Deception – Satan seeks to blind us to the truth and deceive us into thinking counterfeits are the real thing.

He tells us lies about God, the world, and ourselves, hoping we will believe them. He offers false teachers, promises, peace, joy, and happiness as a way to keep us from the biblical truth.

(3) Accusation – Satan seeks to keep us in conflict with the world and one another, as well as he works to get us to question our standing before God.

He causes unbelievers to accuse us of acts those on the fringes of Christianity do. He incites division among believers so they will accuse each other. As well as he uses our sins against us continually telling us we are not good enough to be a Christian.

(4) Possession – Satan seeks to put humans under the control of demons.

He causes individuals to be overtaken by demonic agents, who control their personality and provide them with supernatural gifts – healing and paranormal knowledge.

(5) Physical Attack – Satan seeks to attack through demonic activity, human agents, or institutions.

He causes demons to attack and oppress. He uses humans to persecute. He uses institutions, such as government to hinder the growth of Christianity.


Knowing the strategies Satan uses to attack us is helpful. Especially, in light of what Peter says,

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. – 1 Peter 5:8-9

In order to be watchful and resist Him, we need to know his strategies.

Questions for Reflection

  1. How do you think Satan attacks?
  2. What would you add to this list?


Post adapted from Dynamics of Spiritual Life by Richard Lovelace, 137-40.


10 thoughts on “5 Strategies Satan Uses To Attack Us

    1. Yeah, I agree. I certainly think that is one vehicle Satan uses to attack us. I do, however, believe he uses physical attacks as well – Physical Persecution.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Casey Lewis

  1. Donna Strickland

    On May 5th I was physically attacked while I was sleeping. I have been trying to find info that’s how I found this site. I am a Christian who was saved and Baptized in 1998. I don’t know how I ended up out of my bed because all I can remember is being shoved face first into a shelf on my wall. Then pulled down onto my cedar chest. I was then yanked up really fast from behind. Don’t know how I got back in my bed because I can remember crawling on my hands and knees to the middle of my bed and curling up in a ball crying and holding onto my arm because I thought it was broken. I feel asleep and didn’t wake up till daylight. That’s when I found a bruise on the back of my left arm the size of a baseball and fingerprint bruises on the front of my left arm. They were both black and purple. 4 days later I found a vase of mine that’s about 2 and a half ft. tall and made of steel it had a huge dent in it and one side was folded over. I’m going to talk to my Pastor about it. I think it attacked me because for the last 2 months I’ve been deep in the word of my Bible and other studies about my Lord because I believe our Jesus is coming soon to take all believers home. Satan knows he’s running out of time so he is now attacking Christians. God Bless Whoever reads this and Please Pray for me.

      1. Donna Strickland

        Thank you Casey for your e-mail. I am going to do that and I thank you for your Prayers. God Bless You….

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