There are various tactics used in warfare that increases the probability of success on the battlefield. There are variables of course, but military evaluations are done when studying a particular battle and there is usually a point where the outcome is determined by what is or is not done.
Spiritual warfare is quite similar as one can usually point to a defining moment that the enemy uses to steal, kill, or destroy as stipulated in John 10:10 of the New Testament.
The anatomy of sin is detailed in Genesis 3: 1-15 with Adam and Eve where the original act of disobedience was presented to mankind’s spiritual representatives. It is critical to understand what took place because the strategy of Satan has not changed in the thousands of years since.
Doubt was sown in the Garden of Eden as Lucifer slyly used the relationship of God to create the impression that something was missing, an extremely effective tactic then, and still an effective tactic today. Each person inspecting the narrative of Genesis 3 can put themselves in the same position and have a different personal issue that could be used by Lucifer. It is what makes the story so fascinating.http://youthesource.com/2014/07/26/bible-study-is-it-okay-to-doubt/
The game is played where “if that was me, things would have been different!” as in the theater of the mind convincing self-edification is used. Alas, it wouldn’t be different because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God the scriptures declare.
Satan planted doubt within both Adam and Eve who were quite aware of what God said, Eve particularly who added a bit of her own philosophy which Lucifer used. Satan used the human desires of Eve to motivate the disobedience of both Adam and Eve to orchestrate his plan the same way he used to direct the heavenly choir.
Once accomplished the half-truths and deception became their reality as both Adam and Eve responded by being self-centered instead of God centered, a consequence of the separation that took place. What happened next? They both became fearful and attempted to hide, another reaction commonly done when one becomes acutely aware of wrong doing.
There was follow-up to be done by God, another disquieting piece of the puzzle that humans still today continue to be in denial. There is a moment of accounting and settling the debt.
“Where are you?” was the question, an inquisition by God not to declare He could not find them, but the question that still resonates today regarding one’s human spiritual condition. What comes next? Well, the excuses of course.
Adam gave the excuse of why they were both hiding, by declaring something that was true all along, another error in judgment Adam was exhibiting. It was obvious what Adam stated, but perhaps it would work.
“Who told you that you were naked?”, asked God. Stating the obvious did not work and the follow-up of “did you eat of the fruit of the tree I told you not to?”
Another question God clearly knew the answer, however the attempt to establish accountability was being exercised by the Almighty. Man had the ability to recognize error and to take responsibility for it. One could then deal with sorrow and repentance, an issue God was presenting to Adam and Eve.
However man’s spiritual condition was continuing to take on a life of its own as Adam as a child caught with cookie crumbs on his face did the very thing people still do with a small demonstration of insolence and stubbornness.
“The woman, whom you put here, gave it to me and I did eat” was Adam’s retort.
Classic. Adam in one short communication blamed his wife and even God for placing Eve in the garden with him. See, none of this would have happened if You did not put that woman here, God.
If nothing else it was an eloquent dodge. When giving Eve the same opportunity….Even blamed the serpent. Class dismissed, everyone out of the pool.
Blame was the finishing touch which circulates the sin to ongoing infection and distribution. One act of disobedience generated tremendously devastating results….and the beat goes on.
Separating humanity from God by using the aforementioned methods has effectively “sifted at wheat” the relationship that mankind used to have with God. The definition of “sift” is to separate and retain according to one dictionary definition.
The vehicle of repair, restoration, and renewal is offered through Christ, however “sifting” as wheat worked well with Simon Peter during Jesus’ ministry and it still works today. The anatomy of sin and the model the enemy uses has not changed. Doubt is a powerful weapon in Lucifer’s arsenal which assists greatly in planting the sins of discontent while fanning the human emotions that can help desires take root.
The enemy “sifts” what one knows and does not know to trip up and separate God’s relationship from the believer, and to retain the captives under Satan’s authority.