As an angel of light, Satan attacks children as much or more through the silence and complicity of the church and believing adults as he does by the voices and actions of unbelievers. This is one of the reasons 6 out of 10 Christian children walk away from church and faith by the time they leave home.
2 Co 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
The deception of Satan is not just a lie, but lies that are both believable and systemic. The deception is woven within every aspect of life because deception is not presented as evil…it is presented as good. There are times when you are able to discern the actions are of Satan, but you do not vocalize your difference or give resistance, and that is all Satan needs you to do. Satan convinces and conditions the whole world to accept deception. Christians are in the world, and yes even believers are being deceived and accepting deception.
1 Jn 5:19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
Right now you may not be convinced that the above statements are true, or that there is any urgency. I may have even offended you. Hearing that you are being deceived is not an easy thing to accept, but life is not easy and Satan has no intention of being easy on your children. You have become so conditioned to ignoring Satan that you will not be fully convinced that you are being deceived in ways that you cannot even imagine. In the certainty of your own mind, you are sure that your personal religious response frees you from this deception. Your response may be in Christ, or it may be in a higher power coupled with thoughts of personal spirituality. Satan does not care, and he is delighted that you are choosing to ignore him. Satan is deceiving you and the whole world in pleasant ways as an angel of light. This is why the Bible warns you to be sober and watchful.
The Bible warns you because you do have an active and powerful adversary seeking you and your children’s destruction. Notice in this next verse in 1 Peter the word “devour” and notice that this is a word of utter destruction, not some minor irritating harm.
1 Pe 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Published on Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 4:39 AM CDT