The Greatest Trick

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

The movie “The Usual Suspects” is about as far from a Christian friendly movie as you can get, but there is a line in that movie that is very appropriate in our walk. “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”.  Think about that for a minute. According to one survey 40% of Christians don’t believe that Satan is real. We are not talking about those that don’t claim to follow Christ, these are people that claim to be Christ followers. 40%!

Satan is the master deceiver, and it is showing in our world today on a level never seen before. He deceives us into believing that God can’t forgive EVERYTHING we have done. He deceives us into believing that we can’t escape from who we were. In short, he continues to deceive and he’s not going to stop. His tools are few. He deceives, he tempts and he accuses. That’s it, no more. All the other things we ascribe to him are really just variations of those three. When he fuels the fire of apathy, it’s a deception of God’s love of us and His command for us to love others.

The thing about those tools is they are only effective if we engage. He can’t deceive us, when we know the Truth (capital T intended).  He can’t fulfill temptation if we resist him in submission to God. He can’t accuse us if we stand on the Truth of our deliverance in Christ. However, if we are deceived into believing that he is not active, we are easy prey.

The survey quoted earlier goes on to say that the 40% of Christians who don’t believe in Satan, think that he is a metaphor, a symbol of evil. He is not a metaphor or a symbol, he is the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. I have heard it said that, as Christians, we often either give too much credit to Satan or not enough. We shouldn’t sit around and look at every stressor and associate it with him, but then we shouldn’t negate the fact that he is active and wants to destroy us. He can’t destroy our salvation, but he can sure steal our joy, destroy our witness and kill our passion.  

The most awesome part of our relationship in Christ, regarding Satan, is that we can exercise Christ’s authority over Satan, simply by calling on His name. When the assault is so very real that we can feel it, call on Christ and Satan is powerless. But when there is no assault that we can see, don’t be deceived, he is planning. Again, we shouldn’t live in fear, the Bible tells us not to. But shouldn’t part of our daily prayer be that Satan must flee as we call on Christ? Why not make that part of our daily walk? In that way, we can go a long way in making sure that the devil doesn’t get a foothold. Remember, his greatest trick is trying to convince you that he isn’t even there.

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