The Wiles (tricks) of the Devil!


“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)


The Greek word for “wiles” is methodeia. It’s the word we get “methodical” and “methods” from. Satan is methodical.

In warfare, he is strategic. He may even step back two steps to go forward three steps. He may let you think you’re getting away with your sin. He may even seem to bless you and help you along your way.

But don’t be fooled. He has made a plan to sabotage your life and your home; the dynamite is in place, the fuse is laid, the match is struck, and Satan is working on you. He is wily, and he is subtle. Apart from the leadership of the Holy Spirit of God, Satan would deceive even the children of God.

When have you experienced the strategy of Satan working in your life?

How have you sought to stand guard against these methods of the devil?


Make a list of ways you’ve seen the schemes of the devil in your life. Write out a few times you relied on God and were enabled to stand firm. Note also any times you relied on another source of strength, or did little to resist, and were deceived by Satan.