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August 19, 2016

SATAN THE SYMPATHIZER

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

Satan is cunning, sympathizing, crafty, cheat, and a great deceiver. He comes to us in various forms – sometimes as an angel of light and sometimes as a roaring lion. He is the trickiest one anyone has ever seen in one’s life. The garb he puts on while he approaches us differs from time to time.

Look at the way he tempted Jesus Christ, our Lord. Satan tried to offer fast food to Jesus.

“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread” (Matthew 4:3)

Look at the way Satan takes the posture while he approaches the frail and week in natural desires. Satan tempted Jesus in three ways. But then, Jesus gave the following answers and defeated him.

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. (Matthew 4:4)

“Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”. (Matthew 4:7)

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve”. (Matthew 4:10) Many portray Satan as a horrifying figure with protruding eyelids, thick eyelashes, and with horns, besides with black garments put on him. Contrary to these portraits the Bible presents Satan who could transform himself as an angel of light. True, He comes like an angel of light to the ones who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior.

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Satan went to the Woman and talked to her in a very cunning way. In Genesis 3:1 we see that the serpent was craftier than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)

He said to the woman

“hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

Very interesting question! The Woman got into his tricky talk and was cheated.

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:2-5)

The Woman not only yielded to his persuasion but she gave the forbidden fruit to her husband also.

The only way to over come Satan is to depend on Jesus Christ. We can not defeat Satan with our own strength. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can defeat Satan, who is afraid of the very mention of the name of Jesus and the phrase ‘blood of Jesus Christ’

It is time to know this truth and put on the armor of God. ”Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” Ephesians 6:11

Let us beware of Satan, and let us beware of his tricks.

 

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