Don’t be Deceived by Satan – Part 1
The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.Revelations 12:9
Satan and his angels (demons) has deceived the whole world, including some Christians. Satan is a master at lies and deception, and he and his demons watch people to observe their weaknesses, plus he has years of knowledge about the power of our flesh. We have to know the Word and live close to Christ as his servant, so will not be deceived or yield to our sinful fleshly desires.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1) We can see today as we head into the last days, how people are yielding to Satan’s deceptions and lies. We can see how governments are changing, and following Satan’s plan to destroy Christians. Satan’s motivation is to get revenge against God by turning the world against Christians, and having them imprisoned or killed.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:6-8) Satan’s main goal is to keep people more interested in things of the world, than things of God. Satan has achieved this in a vast majority of people in the world today. We can examine ourselves by knowing if our thoughts are more worldly, or more on things above; and if our actions seek to do what Christ’s desires, or our actions are more on what we desire.
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) When Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, we must be on our guard and seek help from Christian friends and through prayer. Satan is master in having us justify our actions, and he will find people to support our actions. His goal is to develop a sinful habit in us that we are not even aware of.
We overcome Satan’s deceptions and lies by knowing the Word, from other Christians, and asking God to be our judge. We pray that if anything in our lives that is not pleasing to God, then we ask God to change us. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Today live for Christ and don’t be deceived by Satan. Satan will try many things today to pull your thoughts, words, and actions away from God.
Prayer: Lord keep me from being deceived by Satan, and may my thoughts, words, and actions be controlled by the Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen