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Wisdom and Spiritual Warfare

“How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!”

– Isaiah 14:12

Today, I want to continue talking about spiritual warfare and specifically, I want to dispel a few of the myths that you may have heard about the devil. 

How many of you, when you think about Satan, picture red tights, horns and a pitchfork? I have news for you — that is not accurate! I don’t believe Hollywood’s depiction of him (think The Exorcist) is true either. He is not nasty, ugly and scary; in fact, he is actually very beautiful, attractive and seductive in his ways. C.S. Lewis talks a lot about the adversary in his book “The Screwtape Letters,” which is basically the dialogue between two demons, Screwtape and Wormwood. While Wormwood is the young novice demon, Screwtape is the arch-demon who is training his apprentice in the ways of Satan. Specifically, they have their sights set on a young British man and are attempting to get him on the road to perdition and steer him away from his faith. My favorite quote in the book is when the older, wiser demon says to his young nephew, “The fact that devils are predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. When any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that, it is an old textbook method of confusing him, of course, he therefore cannot believe in you.” 

You see, Satan was created by God to do good, and maybe he did; maybe he was so good, so beautiful and so attractive that he thought he could do a better job than his Maker. Whatever the case, since he was called the morning star, it is safe to assume that he was beautiful and that he didn’t have the appearance of evil; this is why he is able to be so cunning and deceptive. 

Friend, not all evil or destructive things look that way, which is why it’s important to stay connected to the Holy Spirit within you! You have a friend, an advocate and One who will light your path and give you wisdom whenever you need it. Jesus wants to help you, and His promise to deliver you from the devil’s temptations still stands, today and always! Isn’t that great news?

Prayer


Jesus, thank you for being my deliverer and for giving me your Holy Spirit so I can discern the devil’s attacks.

Reflection


What images do you have of Satan? How do they compare with what the Bible says about him?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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