Updated: Mar 29, 2022
Test the spirits beloved to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 1:4
Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank You for Your almighty protection from the evil one. With You Lord, we are safe. May we cling to You as we trust in Your unfailing love and saving grace. We know that evil things are hardly ever disguised as evil. Many times, evil things appear to us as beautiful, enticing, or even safe. In Scripture, Satan is called the Father of Lies and described as an angel of light. It’s sometimes hard to recognize all of Satan’s lies, but we praise You for Your light and truth that help us see clearly. Lord, we ask that You continue to help us discern between right and almost right.
Protection from Satan – The Father of Lies
Satan has layers upon layers of deception out there, and he works day and night to keep people from the full knowledge and truth of Jesus Christ. Just as it was in the garden, Satan’s main goal is to misrepresent God. As the Father of Lies he’s been deceiving people for centuries, and he knows what he’s doing. To be vigilant and on guard is to be a responsible Christian. Along with the lies of sin, Satan’s deception includes false teachers with half-truths and twisted Scripture; worldly-minded preachers with only soft, “feel good” messages that stroke our egos; watered-down or distorted gospels; and lukewarm, superficial Christianity - all masquerading as the Truth.
Another one of Satan’s lies is to get us to doubt the clarity of sacred Scripture; to think that there are many “right ways” to interpret Scripture. This lie creates confusion, aiming to lead people astray from what God means in His Word. There may be many different human applications to one given text, but there is only one meaning that God gives it. Satan casts doubt and confusion about the clarity of Scripture to divide, separate, and even destroy God’s Truth from people. Satan’s greatest weapon is man’s ignorance of God’s Word. – A.W. Tozer.
Our God is not a God of confusion. He is a God of peace and understanding. God’s Word is clear because God is light, and God’s light is meant to give us all eyes to see. The only right people have to interpret Scripture is the right that carries with it the responsibility to interpret it accurately. God has not given us His Word to be confused or so that we can make a reasoned evaluation of His judgment and decide whether or not we want to obey. He has given us His Word because that Word is Truth and Life, and we are to trust it and obey it with confidence and peace in our hearts. Lord, we ask that you bless us with more of Your wisdom and knowledge every day, and please help us to discern between right and almost right. May we navigate this world with eyes wide open, clinging to You in all Your light, truth, and love. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 115:105).
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. 1 Corinthians 16:23-24
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose and the lion will defend itself. - Charles Spurgeon
Where God has put a period, the Devil puts a question mark, casting doubt. - Steven Lawson
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8
Satan continues his efforts to make sin less offensive, hell less real, and the gospel less urgent. – John MacArthur
The most important thing to know is the will of God. And the will of God is the Word of God. – Dr. J Vernon Mcgee