Thursday, October 2, 2014

Enemy disguises

But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15 NLT)
The enemy is subtle. Those whom he uses won’t always have a blaring red flag on their foreheads alerting you that they are being used by the enemy. Most times, the enemy is among you trying to fit in to win you over. He learns what your secret desires are and uses them against you to tempt you into sin.
You have to be aware that the enemy wears a disguise. You have to pray and use discernment in everything that you do. The enemy is smart and quick but you have to be smarter. I am reminded of the insurance commercial where the agent is using a fishing pole to dangle a dollar over the head of one of his customers. He says, “You have to be quicker than that.” In the same way, we have to be quicker than the enemy. The enemy will often dangle lies, temptation and deceit over our heads but we have to be quick to discern his tricks.
God freely gives wisdom and discernment to those who ask for it. Although God knows what we need, we are still required to ask for it. I encourage you to petition His throne daily so that you will not be outsmarted by the enemy.
Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father, give me the right amount of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment that I need for today. Help me to see the enemy for who he is and reject his advances. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Additional Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 11: 1-15

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