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Today, I want to talk about the ways that Satan tries to deceive us. I know, I know, fun topic, but I believe it’s important to talk about. When we are equipped with God’s word and are able discern between good and evil things, we are able to combat and interrupt Satan’s crafty plans. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy, but we can stop him in his tracks.
I have noticed that the devil tries his hardest to get to Christians when we’re going through a tough time. For instance, let’s say that you’re dealing with an issue, and then everything else seems to go wrong as well. It’s extremely discouraging when we have to deal with a series of setbacks. We become aggravated and downcast. During that time, we are more susceptible to give into our emotions as well as the deceit of the devil.
Satan also tries his hardest to get the people in our lives to wreak havoc. This kind of deceit is tough to become aware of because we become blinded by anger or hurt. When we deal with relational estrangement of any kind, Satan tries with all his might to use that to his advantage. In other words, he attempts to take us down from the inside.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the devil also does his best to lure us in with seemingly good things. However, those “good” things will end up leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. I like to think about it this way: let’s say we have a crisp, shiny, juicy, red apple. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, that same apple is actually rotten and decomposing on the inside. It is the same with the attractive circumstances that we can be faced with. Everything seems to be fine, but when we look a little further, we can see that the situation isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The best way to know if something is of God is to pray about it and read God’s word. We are also equipped with the Holy Spirit who helps us to discern good from evil.
It is imperative that we remember this verse– John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full“(NIV). Satan will use anything he can to get to us. He is a parasite that feeds off of the negativity in our lives. He tries to slip in through the cracks of our brokenness, but we know that we are made whole in Christ. Colossians 2:10 says “and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”
Jesus has already conquered sin and all evil on the cross. He is not scared, threatened, or provoked by the devil. Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” When Christ died on that cross and spoke the words, “It is finished,” He overcame all evil. We are more than conquerors. We don’t have to fear the devil, but only be cautious and aware of his schemes. Our God is far bigger than anything or anyone else. We need only to lean on Him.
Love to all,