Jesus said very specific and distinctive things about Satan. The ones that stand out to me are:
1. He is a liar.
“You are the children of your father, the Devil, and you want to follow your father’s desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.” (John 8:44 GNT)
2. He is a deceiver: crafty & cunning.
“NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1 AMP)
3. He has a devouring nature.
“Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 GNT)
This morning in prayer it dawned on me: with Satan it never is what it seems. He picks a fight, creates urgencies and emergencies simply to distract us. He engages our attention in one situation while he is busy plundering what he is really after in a completely different area.
My nature is so quick to engage an issue. But I often find myself fighting and winning battles that were simply intended as distractions. Meanwhile, I am plundered in areas that I vacated in my short-sighted efforts to trust in my own judgments and strength.
In those moments of attack, I am committed more than ever to:
1. Stand back and pray for God’s wisdom and vantage point.
2. Gain and access discernment from the Holy Spirit.
3. Protect what matters most:
- Joy that is my strength
- Peace that is my portion
- Right-standing that is my inheritance
“[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17 AMP)