What is meant by "schemes of the devil"?
"a plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end."
One of the slanders end is to perpetuate a false image of God that He is hostile towards mankind. Genesis 3:4-5
What are illustrative examples of these "schemes"?
First thing Scripture is telling us is who our true enemy is. It is not flesh and blood.
"it is not ours to wrestle with blood and flesh, "
This is who our struggle is with.
against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms
"Politics" Is a great example of wrestling against flesh and blood.
Hearts and minds become filled with discord, bitterness, division, hatred. The enemy then steals away our peace.
The enemy infiltrates our minds even further by speaking false condemnation and slanderous thoughts against us!
We forget that we've been delivered out of the old creation where the first Adam was our head.
Ephesians 4:22 - 24
The enemy can then have a strong hold in our minds and make us very ineffective In speaking the truth in love.
It is not ours to wrestle with flesh and blood but to look beyond the human instrument to the real adversary in the spirit world. Our attitude toward men should be one of conciliation, not strife. Eph. 6:15