Satan Boiled Down
It is Good Friday and so today I want to give two more posts on Satan. Strange? Perhaps but I think it is fitting. Satan is misunderstood in so many ways and yet the bible gives us much information that we may live with our eyes wide open. Even more important is that one of the key purposes of Jesus’ death was to destroy Satan and his works, but that will be for later today. Below I boil down how Satan works, stripping away a lot of the drama and emotion that comes with any discussion on Satan.
A summary of Satan’s methods:
- Deception. He dresses sin up and makes it look beautiful and desirable. Even once the wrapping comes off he has a way of trapping people in the horrors of their sin. Ask any drunk or any drug addict—they know they are killing themselves and yet, like beasts being led to the slaughter house they keep moving forward. Here is the great battle over life-dominating sins, whatever they might be. When we think of temptation we can forget that it is just a form of deception. It is the worm on the end of the hook (cf. James 1:13ff).
- False teaching. In Romans 16:17-18 speaks of those who create dissension by denying sound teaching, they speak with smooth speech but they are really enslaved, pawns of Satan. They are promulgating something at good and true but it is false and deadly. It is a lie wrapped up in a gloriously pretty deception. This is why Paul calls them those disguised as servants of righteousness in 2 Corinthians 11:12-15.
- Accusation. He is the master accuser—in Revelation 12 he is called the “Accuser of the brethren” and in Zechariah 3:1 ff Satan stands beside the high priest ready to accuse. This is where dissension and in-fighting comes into play. Someone is whispering something to someone else who doesn’t need to know. Bitterness and old memories are dredged up and we allow a place for them. We hear the whispers of our failings time and time again until our heart stops believing that in Jesus we are forgiven and that the Father bids us to come into His presence for grace. We become worn down and furtive, hiding our failings like Adam hid from God in the garden. And in doing so we believe the words of the Liar rather than our Father.
Everything Satan does is going to be captured under these three umbrella-like activities. Give thought to them over the day, you may be surprised as things that you begin to see that must change in your thinking or living.