1999-11-27 - If I Were the Devil
I guess this sounds a little weird for a title, but bear with me. At a Bible study, we studied the book of Jude. Jude encourages us to contend for the faith amidst a lot of false teaching and teachers. I placed a few verses at the start here, and the same ones at the end of this devotional. With the truth of these verses in mind, let us read on.
II Corinthians 2:11 That no advantage may be gained over us by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his devices.
IF I WERE THE DEVIL … The first thing I would do is to deny my own existence in the world and downplay it in the local church, allowing me to go about my business unhindered and unchecked!
IF I WERE THE DEVIL … The second thing I would do would be to read the Bible carefully. I could then twist and turn the Scriptures, to mislead saints and sinners alike.
IF I WERE THE DEVIL … I would confuse people with cults, encourage them to attend their services, and promote the idea that good works are enough to get you into Heaven.
IF I WERE THE DEVIL … The fourth thing I would do is to prevent saints from growing in grace. I would confuse them theologically. I would push them into one of many extremes. I would attempt to discourage them, and would get them mad if I could -- and most of all, keep them extremely idle.
IF I WERE THE DEVIL … The fifth thing I would do is to ruthlessly and
viciously attack three foundations of the faith.
IF I WERE THE DEVIL … I would strive for weeks, months, years, centuries, twenty-four hours a day, to accomplish all these goals. Some I could achieve as a roaring lion, others as an angel of light. But each goal would reveal to some that I am busy at work, while the rest are almost asleep.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
In His Service,